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The Fight for Justice for Simon Jones - Ten Years On, The Lessons Learnt

08-04-2008 18:22

A public meeting on the tenth anniversary of the death of Simon Jones, killed on his first day as a casual worker in a Shoreham dock.

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Free Spaces London Events Listing for this weekend

08-04-2008 15:15

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Space Is The Place
- side stepping the property ladder

This is a one-off series of events to coincide with the Europe-wide days of action in defence of free spaces and for an anti-capitalist popular culture. The events are based at a new squatted social centre in Shoreditch and other autonomous spaces around London

The themes for Space Is the Place is the appropriation of public space by big business through privatisation and speculation, the sell-off of council housing and how the current housing crisis affects the most disadvantaged, gentrification and redevelopment of East London for the Olympics in 2012, the mismanagement of land and its ownership by the wealthy elite...

There will be an open access art-space themed as above, discussions and skill-sharing to bring people together and share ideas on how we can solve the problems we face, info-station for DIY action, films, photography, music and cafe. There will also be a benefit gig to raise money for the Advisory Service for Squatters.

If you are engaged in struggle relating to land, housing, poverty etc - whether a group or individual - please contact us ASAP about doing a presentation, info stall, workshop etc

To contribute:

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Scientology vs Wikileaks

08-04-2008 14:23 describes itself as "an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Our primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and corporation". In recent years it has stood up against the US government, Swiss bankers, African dictators, and more. Most recently, it has faced a new enemy: the money-hungry cult known as the Church of Scientology.

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Operation Reconnect: Birmingham

08-04-2008 14:01

Birmingham, April 5, 2008 -- Beginning at 11AM on April 12th, 2008, the group known as Anonymous will launch "Operation: Reconnect", an initiative designed to bring together families who have been torn apart and injured by the Church of Scientology's Disconnection Policy. Operation Reconnect in Birmingham will begin with a peaceful protest at 11AM on Ethel Street, off New Street, looking to continue until about 4PM. Dr Martin Poulter, a long standing critic and expert of the Church, will be in attendance, speaking to the public and giving interviews.

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Autonomous Space Events in Reading! Common Ground to be Reopened!

08-04-2008 12:55

As part of the global days of action for squats and autonomous spaces (see or "upcoming coverage" in top left corner of home page) two (maybe three!) events will take place in Reading, Berks.

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Ideas to save the planet - April 2008

08-04-2008 11:57

Update on ideas doing well and new submissions to the Simultaneous Policy campaign.

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Video of April 2008 demonstration for Freedom of Assembly in London

08-04-2008 06:07

Following the first Days of Action in January and March, the Campaign for Free Assembly in London has now become a regular event on the first Saturday of every month.

Video of 3rd Day of Action:

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This Saturday: Demo / Street Party for Autonomous Spaces, Manchester

07-04-2008 23:13

This Saturday (12th of April), from 5pm, there will be a demonstration and street party held in Manchester city centre in defence of autonomous spaces and for freedom of movement. Support would be much appreciated. The event takes place as part of an international day of action (

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Freedom for Rose! Demonstrations Tuesday and Wednesday in Newcastle

07-04-2008 22:52

Rose speaking at a TCAR march last year
Rose Aboukha from Newcastle was arbitrarily arrested under immigration regulations today at North Shields. Demonstrations for her released are being organised on Tuesday 8th April and Wednesday 9th April. Your support is needed.

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Usborne children's books and the BNP

07-04-2008 19:34

Anything for a quick buck!

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Torch Went Out in London Too!

07-04-2008 18:21

What no torch?
The French weren’t likely to be caught napping when it comes to kicking off so it’s good to see that the Olympic Torch protest was abandoned in Paris today (1).

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Diana Inquest: Expect a spate of attacks in media against the jury 'system'!

07-04-2008 15:42


The Diana 'death' was 'unlawful killing', the jury in the High Court in London has decided!

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Olympic Relay Free Tibet Rally

07-04-2008 15:28

Tibet Flat on Russell St.
Free Tibet!

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Olympic torch relay protest timeline

07-04-2008 15:15

Olympic torch relay protest timeline

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Tibetan Freedom Torch Relay, London April 6, 2008

07-04-2008 14:49

There was a large crowd
The Tibetan Freedom Torch Relay also came to London on April 6, on its way around the world from Olympia, Greece to Tibet. Several thousand attended a packed rally in London.
Pictures copyright (C) 2008, Peter Marshall. All rights reserved.

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Olympic Torch Relay: Heated Arguments in Trafalgar Square

07-04-2008 14:16

Neither Fingers nor Minds quite met
After the torch had left there were arguments in Trafalgar Square between Chinese supporters of the Olympics and human rights demonstrators.
Pictures copyright (C) 2008, Peter Marshall. All rights reserved.

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India: Major Protest Demands Coca-Cola Shut Down Plant

07-04-2008 14:04

Over 1500 villagers marched to the Coca-Cola company's bottling plant in Mehdiganj in Varanasi in India last Tuesday 1st April demanding that the bottling plant shut down immediately.

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Chinese Torture Torch Relay Shames Olympic Ideals

07-04-2008 13:59

Free Tibet demonstrators in Bloomsbury
Pictures and text from Bloomsbury, Sunday April 6, 2008 as the Olympic torch rally passed through with no sign of the torch at all.
Images copyright (C) 2008, Peter Marshall. All rights reserved.