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TCAR prepares for solidarity action with Harmondsworth and Yarl's wood protests

03-12-2006 19:31

Tyneside Community Action for Refugees (TCAR) is in complete solidarity with the detention centre protesters at Harmondsworth and Yarl's wood. We have called an action this saturday (9th Decemeber) 12 noon- Monument, Newcastle city centre to show our support and raise the profile of the brave action these asylum seekers have taken and their success in releasing 150 detainees across the UK. End detention! End deportation! Together we are stronger!

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Tug Workers To Block The Docks?

03-12-2006 18:22

The port of Liverpool could be shut down by a series of tug strikes, bringing back memories of the dockers’ dispute in the 1990s. Workers are angry that they are currently registered in the Channel Islands, and therefore lose their 12.5% National Insurance payments.

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battle for broadway market dvd's available now

02-12-2006 20:39

dvd's of films about the occupation of a cafe in broadway market, hackney are available now. the occupation of tony's cafe and the ongoing campaign in support of Spirit's Nutritious Food Gallery was an international cause celebre this time last year (ie 2005), and continues...

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Singing Session at Campsfield House Detention Centre

02-12-2006 15:28

Campsfield House: grim outside and grim within
Today, four people from Oxford Student Action for Refugees (STAR) group and a random singer (me!) went to facilitate a singing workshop at Campsfield House Detention Centre.

Here's a personal account of the session.

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Ebay sale of Free Speech

02-12-2006 14:36

Have you seen this flag?
What is the value of Free Speech?

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QUEERUPTION 9 Event at SOAS, Wednesday 6/12, 6.30pm

02-12-2006 12:43

On Wednesday, at the School of Oriental and African Studies on Thornhaugh St. Bloomsbury, Central London, there will be an evening of words, music and pictures based around the Queeruption 9 event which took place in Tel Aviv this summer.

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Mass Demonstrations against US backed Lebanese Government

02-12-2006 09:59

The Western media, which often downplays the size of public rallies and anti-war demonstrations, confirms that "hundreds of thousands" of people from all sectors of Lebanese society gathered in Beirut in anti-government demonstrations, demanding the resignation of the US-Israeli supported government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

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On the Ground, Mexico: A president sworn in and protests spill out

01-12-2006 21:32

The latest video and report from San Cristobal de Las Casas.

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Families on Hungerstrike in Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

01-12-2006 15:40

Many of the adults detained in Yarl's Wood have refused food this morning (1 Dec 2006) in protest at conditions in the centre. There has been an outbreak of diarrhea amongst the children under 5 and many of the children are not eating as they find the food unpalatable. 70 adults and 40 children are currently detained in the family unit of Yarl's Wood IRC.

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01-12-2006 14:29

10.00 to 17.00
Venue: London Metropolitan University, Libeskind Building (Graduate School), 166-220 Holloway Road N7, (tube Holloway Road).

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Sabotaged promised as government test public resolve on GM

01-12-2006 12:57

Protesters have pledged to take direct action to sabotage genetically modified crop trials that the government has today given the go ahead for. These trials will be the first GM trials to take place in this country for several years after a sucessful campaign of resistance. The new trial is widely regarded as a test of public resolve before further attempts to introduce genetically modified organisms on a commercial scale to a unwilling public...

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State Scum Protect Hunt Scum (again)

01-12-2006 12:31

Yesterday four hunt saboteurs were arrested under section 5 of the Public Order Act, as they followed a beagle pack near Chipping Sodbury, just outside Bristol.

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Asylum Seekers get an early xmas present

01-12-2006 09:33

Here is a little snippet of what life is like for a destitute refugee. (see below for definition *)

3 Destitute men have been seeking shelter in some empty council flats. The council are seeking to sell the land on which the flats are built to

Arches Housing.
122 Burngreave Road
South Yorkshire
S3 9DE

Phone: 0114 228 8100
Fax: 0114 228 8150



The council began legal proceedings to regain possession of the flats (court date set for 7th of December). Arches Housing have employed Red Wall construction (Building Contractor) to demolish the flats when they are emptied. On the 28th November 2006 (according to reports via Arches Housing) Red wall construction workers found all the front doors of the occupied flats open and apparently abandoned.

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People fighting back in Tonga - IMC activists reports and photos

01-12-2006 03:08

Riots broke out in Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa after a pro-democracy demonstration on Thursday, 16th November, in the Kingdom. About 3000 people marched onto parliament with banners calling for immediate reform, others attacked public figures, while another labeled the current structure a "deadly virus". In the afternoon, after parliament was cancelled, protesters started smashing government buildings and set fire to businesses owned by the Prime Minister and the King in the city centre and turned cars over. Windows were smashed in the Prime Minister's Office, Parliament House, the Magistrates Court,the Public Service Commission Office, the Ministry of Finance and three vehicles overturned and government cars smashed in government parking lots. One company targeted was power company Shoreline, owned by the King. The aristocratic class control the economic and political aspects of life against which the people have been resisting for years. The protests and riots are part of the struggle against the feudal system which is oppressing the Tongan people for years.

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The Coup d’Etat in Mexico

01-12-2006 00:57

As a New Regime Prepares to Seize Control December 1, Promising a New Wave of Repression, the Antidote Is Being Born from Below

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EVERYTHING4EVERYONE Oaxaca solidarity assembly (hackney)

01-12-2006 00:37

Pre-opening day assembly at Everything4everyone "new" occupied building

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Trident White Paper? Get yer lock-ons out!

30-11-2006 23:43

GP/BtB weapons inspection thingy (27/11/06)
The government will publish its white paper on the future of Britain's nuclear weapons on Monday 4 December 2006. Block the Builders are calling a mass blockade of AWE Aldermaston on 11 December.

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Demonstration at Harmondsworth/Colnbrook

30-11-2006 19:42

Protesters outside Harmondsworth/Colnbrook
A large scale disturbance broke out at Harmondsworth after HM Inspector of Prisons (HMIP) published a report on Harmondsworth which it described as "Undoubtedly the poorest report" issued on any immigration removal centre to date.

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Merseyside Fire Authority Stirs Up More Trouble

30-11-2006 19:32

Following the partial defeat of their cuts agenda this summer, Merseyside Fire Authority is trying to get its own back, and weaken the morale of victorious firefighters. Three weeks ago, letters were served to fourteen emergency crew members, calling them to hearings over incidents during the walkout, including one for 'smiling aggressively'. Now a firefighter is in trouble for drinking a cup of tea!

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Close Counter Terror World!

30-11-2006 19:12

In a few days time, Olympia plays host the Counter Terror World, an exhibition at which companies and countries from around the world will share with each other lessons learned in the war on terror, a war on their own populations. Israel will be a prominent attendee, eager - no doubt - to share the lessons they've learned from the recent campaign in Lebanon and the ongoing repression in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

London Class War have called a picket of Olympia at 1pm on Tuesday 5 December, the first day of the sordid exhibition. Further details are available on the website,