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Metronet HQ occupied in London

29-01-2009 16:20

The RMT come to Metronet.
Metronet you may remember had to be bailed out by the government in 2007 when it very nearly went bust due. The obvious thing to do was to nationalise it. But back in those heady days Metronet was the flag bearer of Mr Brown's Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme. So that would have seemed like admitting failure. So to this day Metronet is responsible for vast parts of the running of London Underground. Which also includes subcontracting the cleaning out to the less than humane ISS company. See:

So on Wednesday the RMT returned to Metronet with plenty of mops and buckets in the hope that they might clean up their act by getting a contractor that does not pay people the minimum wage while grassing up its employees to the immigration services. ISS are also finding all kinds of dubious excuses for sacking anyone who joins a trade union. The demo itself was loud and lively but nowhere near as surreal and eventful as their last visit. See:

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National student demonstration for free education, 25 February 2009

29-01-2009 16:00

A national student demonstration for free education, backed by student unions and activists from across the country, will take place on Wednesday 25 February 2009.

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Sri Lankan Tamils Solidarity Demonstration, London - this Saturday

29-01-2009 13:25

Sri Lankan Tamils Solidarity Demonstration - This Saturday
31 January 2009
Starts: 13:00
Location: Millbank
(Nearest station Vauxhall or Pimlico)

March to Parliament Square

Called by the British Tamil Forum

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North east regional opencast conference

29-01-2009 12:32

Flyer for opencast conference
An oppurntunity for groups, campaigns and indivduals opposing surface mining projects in the north of England. All welcome.

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Please help Rashida Yasmeen and her four sons

29-01-2009 07:36

Rashida Yasmeen and her four sons
Rashida Yasmeen and her sons Safeer (8), Zaheer (9), Mahmood (15), and Qadeer (21), all nationals of Pakistan and residents of Glasgow. Were 'captured' on Tuesday 27th January whilst signing at the Home Office reporting centre in Glasgow. They are now in Dungavel IRC and due to be forcibly removed from the UK on Pakistan International Airlines flight PK758 from London to Lahore at 20:00 on Tuesday 3rd February.

The family were previously detained and threatened with forcible removal as recently as August after their claim for asylum was refused. On that occasion they were released and the flight stopped when their lawyer successfully applied to the High Court for a judicial review of the decision to remove them.

Rashida and her sons arrived in the UK in 2007 after fleeing religious persecution in Pakistan. As Ahmadiyya Muslims, they were subject to death threats and were attacked at home by the extremist group Khadam-e-Nabuad, during which Mahmood was stabbed and Rashida's husband fled.

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What the hell's going on and what can we do about it?

29-01-2009 03:42

As the economy crashes, will Liverpool be the 2009 capital of crisis? How can we fight back?

Thursday, February 19, 2009
7:30pm - 11:30pm
Next To Nowhere (Liverpool Social Centre)
96A Bold Street
Liverpool, United Kingdom

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Bayer Day of Action in Cambridge

28-01-2009 21:32

Bayers' track record shows they don't give a damn about all life

In support of the Day of Action against Bayer, activists visited their offices in Building 230, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WB.

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Trial against two spanish Euromayday activists postponed

28-01-2009 20:07

This is a continuation of an earlier report:

Teh courtcase is postponed to April, apparently, and there was a supporting demo in Sevilla. Here are infos in spanish, maybe someone could translate or summarise them in English, pleeeze?

Video (Interviews, demo):

Pics demo:

Messages of support:

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Direct Action; UK, Mexico, Uruguay, Italy & Netherlands

28-01-2009 18:03

24th-28th January


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Cox 18 Eviction / Primo Moroni archive: Milan struggles

28-01-2009 17:55

After the recent dubious illegal eviction of the long-standing COX 18 social centre in Milan, a big worry has been the (hopefully temporary) loss of the space holding the amazing Primo Moroni archive. Below, relatives of Primo (who died in 1998) outline their outrage at the crap eviction and bullshit from the Mayor of Milan, Moratti

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Bayer Day of Action in NYC

28-01-2009 13:00

Sunday, January 25, 2009
WAR Protests HLS Customers Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novartis and Bayer
Bayer Global Day of Action

The focus of this day of protest was the major customers of Huntingdon Life Sciences. The companies chosen today support and enable Huntingdon Life Sciences to continue to kill 500 animals per day with their blood money contracts.

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Sussex Occupation Declares Victory

28-01-2009 11:39

At half past nine last night, an agreement was reached with the university management, ending negotiations and the occupation. We thank everybody who has contributed towards our success in achieving our demands.

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The State of Mississippi versus Jamie Scott and Gladys Scott: My First Encounter

28-01-2009 11:02

While driving the moving truck from South Carolina to Chicago, Illinois in July of 2005, many things ran across my mind as I took the solo trip. I pondered receiving the Master of Jurisprudence degree from Loyola University School of Law and later a career as a governmental regulatory compliance manager. It never dawned on me that I would receive a brutal education in social justice; an education that would prove to be more valuable than sheepskin from any institution. This would become an education that re-directed every thought flowing as I drove that big truck from South Carolina. I left Chicago with the Master of Jurisprudence and absolutely no desire to follow my original dreams.

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Around the Campaigns Wednesday 28th January 2009

28-01-2009 09:10

Elsa and Betty, still here, still in detention
"Elsa and Betty set out for the airport Tuesday morning but the flight was cancelled and they were brought back in Yarl's Wood. I've been asked to pass on thanks from the campaign to all who supported Elsa and Bethlehem. Pressure now needs to be put on the Home Office to release the family as soon as possible and return them to Leeds where they belong."

Please look out for calls for support over the next few days,

John Ward on behalf of the Campaign

Background: Second attempt to remove Elsa and Bethlehem

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'Activities Abroad' advertise "chav free holidays'

28-01-2009 03:16

Below is an article reporting the new advertising initiative of Activities Abroad holiday company, assuring customers that they would not encounter any 'chavs' (apparently with names such as Shannon or Britney) but would rather be sharing their holiday with "John, Sarah, James and Alice". Charming.

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300,000 Tamil civilians face hunger

28-01-2009 01:56

300,000 Tamil civilians face hunger, Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has instructed UN and World Food Programme officials to keep away from 'safety zone,' which has been subjected to continuous inhuman artillery barrage, denying civilians any meaningful space of refuge, said the latest reports from the offices of the Regional Director of Health Services (RDHS) for Ki'linochchi and Mullaiththeevu. 300,000 Tamils are denied of even drinking water and are facing hunger, the reports say. "Completely given up by the International Community. In the meantime, pitched fighting was reported between the SLA and the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) in several fronts.

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Bayer Day of Action in West London / Hampshire

27-01-2009 22:20

Monday, 26th January
HLS UK customers continue to have protests

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Direct Action Germany: 8th-26th January

27-01-2009 22:11

Ravage following the mortal gunshots in Schönfließ
26/01/09: Ravage following the mortal gunshots in Schönfließ
26/01/09: Again cars torched
22/01/09: Arson attack on cars of the German Railway Service (Deutsche Bahn)
21/01/09: Car of a delivering service company (DHL) torched
19/01/09: External fence property of the police damaged
19/01/09: DHL heavy good vehicle burned
18/01/09: Pfullinger Neonazi tattostudio smashed
15/01/09: Arson attack against the social court
14/01/09: Arson attack against a jobcenter (dole office) in Charlottenburg
14/01/09: Three upperclass cars burned
10/01/09: Two cars and a moto burned down
09/01/09: Unknown persons set construction machines in flames
08/01/09: Neonazi structures attacked

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Support The EDO Decommisioners

27-01-2009 16:32

Support The EDO DecommisionersResisting War Crimes Is Not a Crime