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South Africa: Community Activist killed by police at demonstraion against Water Privatisation

10-05-2008 22:35

This is a translation/repost of an article found on Imc Germany, which reports that the community activist, Jan Matshobe, has been arrested by police on Tuesday, 29th of April, during a demonstration against water privatisation in Sebokeng, a township ca. 60km south of Johannesburg.

First the police released the activist, but he got then rearrested in the evening. Thursday monring he was found dead in a field.

Patra Sindane, Coalition against Water Privatisation said, that as long as an investigation would not prove the contrary, the police is responsible for the death of the comrade. The police has no scruples in using live ammunition against the protests either. A death caused by the police in prison only means a further logical step of the same tactics used by the police already against the protests in Sebokeng.

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Burmese Cyclone protest at Burma Embassy "Let Aid Experts In"

10-05-2008 02:25

"Let Aid Experts In"
Appalled yet hardly surprised at the junta's callous indifference to the deaths of up to 100,000 citizens and 1.5 million more destitute, the Burmese community protested passionately at their embassy on May 9th for aid experts and aid to be allowed into Burma. Whilst getting away as always with giving the international community the run-around, this time playing games over frustrating aid shipments - the brutal junta has been more preoccupied with rigging its military biased constitution referendum for May 10th.

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Policing and Protest: Committee Call For Evidence

09-05-2008 23:15

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has put out a call for evidence in relation to UK policing and protest. They specifically cite SOCPA and the prosecution of Maya Evans as an example of 'concerns' that have been 'borne out'. It's a chance to show them what we already know. The deadline for submissions is Monday 9 June 2008.

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Reclaim the Campus conference

09-05-2008 13:47

A one day conference for student activists to discuss the way forward for building a campaigning student movement.

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Two New Publications From Infoshop

08-05-2008 18:12 and the Alternative Media Project are pleased to announce the availability of two new digital publications. The first issue of our
bi-monthly newsletter titled "Revolution" is available as a PDF file that can be read online or printed out.

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Intifada Coming Up?

08-05-2008 17:58

Palestinian intifada and civil war with Israel on the outside bombing in. Fatah to hold onto what little power it has left through guns and tyranny. Israel's 60th anniversary exploited for popular support of militarism.

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Oil prospecting in Sussex and Hampshire

08-05-2008 13:17

The prospects of $200 a barrel oil in the near future is making oil prospecting in Sussex and Hampshire look ever more likely. Residents nearby the proposed Northern petroleum sites at Hedge End, Hampshire and Forestside, West Sussex are anxiously awaiting the decisions of council planning officers. The sites are believed to contain several hundred million barrels of oil.

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Smash EDO interview

07-05-2008 20:13

An interview with an activist involved in the Smash EDO campaign in Brighton.

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Save the Spike Surplus Scheme

07-05-2008 19:36

The Spike Surplus Scheme in Peckham is under threat from Southwark Council which has threatened to sell off the land. Please sign the petition and help to save the only free creative space in Peckham.

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Population Against Corporation: Benefit Cd for Shell To Sea Campaign

07-05-2008 18:25

DiY label Front Cover Productions has just relased an archive CD as a benefit for the Shell To Sea Campaign.

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Public meeting with delegation of Colombian social movements

07-05-2008 16:07

at Amnesty International UK's Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London

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Native American Political Punk & Traditional Dance Group Comes to London

07-05-2008 14:38

Blackfire, political Native American (Dine') rock/punk from Arizona, U$A. First ever shows in the UK, with discussions on Indigenous rights struggles in the U$. Select shows with traditional Dine' (Navajo) dances by their group, The Jones Benally Family, and documentary screenings about sacred sites protection.

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Victory Against Trade Union Repression In Lambeth

07-05-2008 14:31

Lambeth Council has been forced to back down from their plan to ban the Trade Union UNISON from their staff conference for workers in the Regeneration and Housing department, which takes place on 6 and 8 May 2008 at the Oval Conference Centre.

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Surveillance at Demo at Heckler & Koch weapons manufacturers HQ in Nottingham

07-05-2008 11:17

On Tuesday 6th May, people had initially met on the corner of Abbey Bridge and the road leading to Lenton Lane. Then, arriving together, about 60-70 people gathered at the UK headquarters of Heckler & Koch, based within the Easter Park Industrial Estate on Lenton Lane, Nottingham,

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Demo at Heckler & Koch weapons manufacturers HQ in Nottingham

07-05-2008 11:11

On Tuesday 6th May, people had initially met on the corner of Abbey Bridge and the road leading to Lenton Lane. Then, arriving together, about 60-70 people gathered at the UK headquarters of Heckler & Koch, based within the Easter Park Industrial Estate on Lenton Lane, Nottingham,

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Notts Stop the BNP objection to BNP licence application

06-05-2008 17:48

The BNP are planning on holding this year's Red White and Blue festival on land owned by party member Alan Warner in Denby, Derbyshire as they did last year. They have sought a premises licence from Amber Valley Borough Council for the sale of alcohol and the playing of music. The public consultation on this licence ended today.

Several concerned organisations, including Nottinghamshire Stop the BNP, lodged objections to this application, making a point of keeping to the limited terms imposed by licensing legislation. These objections, however, have been rejected, ostensibly because the organisations are not located within the affected area. Even where groups have been able to point to members living within the Amber Valley area, there objections have been rejected on the same basis. Notts Stop the BNP are currently investigating the possibility of appealing the council's decision. In the meantime, the objection they made is being placed in the public domain so that people can make their own judgements about the case it makes.

Regardless of the outcome of any appeals, the licence application will have to be considered by the council. Although the date of this meeting is currently unknown, the Stop the Red White and Blue campaign are already mobilising for a picket and encouraging those opposed to the BNP to join us.

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Benefit night for Guatemala Peace Brigades International

06-05-2008 11:51

Are You Dancing? DISCO on Saturday 31st May at The Yard Theatre, Old Birley Street, Hulme. Free Popcorn! Great Music, beautifully decorated venue, reasonably priced drinks and all proceeds to go to Peace Brigades International - Guatemala (
Starts @ 8.30pm and costs £3 (concession) or £4 to get in.

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Mapuche Woman coming to London

06-05-2008 10:58

Against the increasing proliferation of dams in Patagonia but trying to build up new autonomous farms and communities.