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Car factory occupations spread across the UK

01-04-2009 19:06

Sacked workers from the car parts firm Visteon have been occupying three factories across the UK since Wednesday.

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African Liberation Day events unite worldwide movement of African resistance

01-04-2009 15:44

With the theme of “One Africa, One Nation: Separated by Colonial Slavery, Reunited by Revolutionary Resistance!” African Liberation Day events will be held simultaneously in Washington, DC and in Manchester, UK on May 22-24 by the African People’s Socialist Party, which leads the Uhuru Movement. The goal of the events is to build the African Socialist International, the organization working to unite and liberate Africa and African people everywhere.

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UK “citizens” to be known as “suspects” from July 1st

01-04-2009 11:14

Civil liberties campaigners have condemned as “chilling” UK government plans to replace the term “citizen” with “suspect” on all passports and driving licenses from July 1st.

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JNC open new squat. Gardeners required.

01-04-2009 11:13

At 0900 hrs on Tuesday 31 March, members of 'Justice Not Crisis' occupied the Beechcourt Hotel, 201 Bristol Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7UB.

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Disenchated of the resistance unite! Primrose Hill today

01-04-2009 11:06

Gathering of the disillusioned, Primrose Hill, London, 13:30, today

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Students for a Free Tibet UK Publish Open Letter to G-20 Leaders

01-04-2009 10:56

LONDON - Students for a Free Tibet UK have published an open letter to world leaders attending the G20 Summit in London on April 2nd, asking 'What is the exchange rate between Chinese Yuan and Tibetan lives?' The letter, framed in economic language, seeks to highlight the fact that trade itself funds state oppression, resulting in the Chinese regime's 'extraordinary growth in human rights abuses' and states directly to world leaders: 'The choice is yours; the G20 summit is an opportunity to invest in a portfolio of Chinese human rights abuses. It is also an opportunity to seek an ethical alternative. People of conscience, the world over, are asking you to put human rights before trade.'

"There is another crisis, aside from global economics, which the world expects the Chinese government to take action on, and that is the human rights crisis in Tibet." said Terry Bettger, spokesperson for Students for a Free Tibet UK, "Despite de facto martial law existing in the region Tibetans continue to strive to call for their rights and justice. World leaders must listen to this cry for help and press Hu Jintao to allow an independent investigation into Tibet to monitor the human rights situation immediately."

Tibetans and supporters will be protesting against Hu Jintao's during his visit to the G-20 Summit, demanding that action is taken towards a peaceful solution for the Tibetan people.

The full text of the open letter is as follows:

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protest leaders laising with police

01-04-2009 10:35

according to BBC news police have agreements with protest groups.
a police spokesman is reported to have said
"Direct action is part of the plan for them. When I spoke to some of the demonstrators last night, they said their strategy was to sit down if anyone starts throwing stones, so that those who are violent can be quickly isolated."

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Stop the Forcible Removal of Jeevitha and Neeraja

01-04-2009 08:45

Jeevitha and Neeraja
Jeevitha and Neeraja, aged 15 and 14 respectively and their mother Neeraja Joseph arrived in the UK in July 2008. The family have fled from Sri Lanka having been caught up in the civil war that has beset the country for over 20 years and that has escalated in the last eighteen months. The conflict has been at its fiercest in the north of Sri Lanka which is where the Joseph family are from.

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Disabled activists occupy Birmingham City Council office: photos and video

31-03-2009 23:50

activists assemble at the Council House
Disabled People's Direct Action Network (DAN) returned to Birmingham on Monday March 30th to occupy Louisa Ryland House (Birmingham City Council's main housing and social services office) to demand accessible housing and choice and control over personal assistance for disabled people in Birmingham and across the country

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Minutes of Manchester NO2ID Meeting, March 2009

31-03-2009 23:18

Manchester NO2ID Logo
Manchester NO2ID meeting, 18th March 2009, 7pm-9pm at the Town Hall Tavern, Tib Lane.

Thanks to Helen for taking and typing up minutes; a version with links is at

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Day of International Action for the "25 of Caxias", Portugal

31-03-2009 22:27

This next 2nd of April will continue the trial of those accused of the supposed mutiny that occurred inside the prison of Caxias, in 1996, in Portugal.

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Direct Action Germany: 18th-29th March

31-03-2009 16:13

Luxury Car torched (Berlin)
29/03/2009 - Luxury Car torched (Berlin)
26/03/2009 - Two Thor Steinar shops attacked simultaneously (Berlin)
21-22/03/2009 - Attacks against Siemens and a cleaning company (Berlin)
20/03/2009 - Car burned on the worker's parking place of the JSA Plötzensee (prison) (Berlin)
18/03/2009 - Autonome storm the stand of the German-Nationalists (Freiburg)
18/03/2009 - Three vans of DHL torched (Karlsruhe)

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Police claim suspect package

31-03-2009 14:37

Police sealed of the Bank of England at 3pm this afternoon with the claim by an officer on duty there was a suspect package nearby.

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56a Infoshop: Nowtopia + Celebrate Peoples History event Sun 5th

31-03-2009 14:33

NOWTOPIA talk with Chris Carlsson
56a Infoshop in South London is presenting an afternoon this Sunday 5th April with Chris Carlsson, the author of NOWTOPIA giving an illustrated talk. We are also using the occasion to open our newest exhibition in the space: Celebrate Peoples History, a selection of the great poster series from the radical art collective Just Seeds.

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Left Luggage answers it's critics

31-03-2009 13:19

Socialist strategy site addresses some of the criticisms posted on discussion boards.

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The Communist Party of the Philippines and the Khmer Rouge

31-03-2009 12:21

For decades the Khmer Rouge regime has been exposed for its atrocities and genocides against its own people. Yet the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) nor its political arm, the National Democratic Front (NDF) nor any of its influenced and led organizations have issued any statement of condemnation. In fact in some of the statements issued by the CPP-NDF or interviews issued by its leaders, they seem to defend the Khmer Rouge.

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New G20 convergence space opened

31-03-2009 11:57

g2 convergence space- payne house, earl street ec2a 2al

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Stop Forced closure of University of East London (UEL)

31-03-2009 08:57

Dear friends
the University of East London (UEL) was supposed to host an alternative summit on April 1st in the context of the upcoming G20 meeting on April 2nd. Following the media and police hype about possible disruptions to the city, the University withdrew its support for the alternative summit.