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1st May / Manchester

02-05-2010 14:36

A quick overview of the small but enjoyable Mayday demo and celebrations in Manchester:

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UNITY Cinema: It's a Free World

02-05-2010 14:26

CCA & Unity Cinema present
PLUS: Justice for Cleaners films
& talk by sacked union activist
Alberto Durango

1.30 CCA 350 Sauchiehall Street
Free for asylum seekers / £3 for everyone else


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Mayday in Parliament Square, Peace Camp, London. - Pictures

02-05-2010 12:04

The Red Horse.
As the British General Election enters its last week before the people go to the polls to elect a new Government, the Parliament Square Peace Camp swells with supporters and campaigners on the traditional workers day of Mayday.

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Images of Parliament Sq Demo

02-05-2010 12:01

Fair Wages for Prisoners
May Day Demo at Parliament Sq London 1 May 2010.

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Nottingham Mayday 2010

02-05-2010 10:48

This year, organisers of Nottingham Mayday have faced the full force of Notttingham City Council’s bureaucratic machinery, and had to jump through any number of legal and financial hoops. Despite these obstacles, the event went ahead on Saturday May 1st with perhaps a couple of 100 people turning up to celebrate International Workers' Day.

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Video of Mayday in Parliament Square

02-05-2010 08:25

The video starts with the parades arriving in Parliament Square and ends with a Street Reclamation just before the rain set in.

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Ex-police officers who are standing for Parliament on May 6.

02-05-2010 08:00

The current issue of Police Review has an article on the ex-police officers who are standing for Parliament on May 6.

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Report of May Day march and rally in Edinburgh

02-05-2010 01:36

A report with photos of the May Day march and rally in Edinburgh with news of other May Day events around the globe

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Policestation & G4 Security Attacked in Bristol

02-05-2010 00:19

Two attacks carried out in the St.Pauls area - a smashing night for the Revolutionary 1st May.

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Home Builders Federation Condone and Tolerate Members Who Bully?

01-05-2010 23:52

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Bullying is wrong. Everyone knows it. It’s been just over one year since the Shalom Family Campaign for Social Justice approached the Royal Society of Arts AND The Home Builders Federation (HBF) asking for help. That effort seems to have been met in wilful ignorance and with contempt. So, another Family appeal was made at the HBF AGM and Open Council Meeting in London last Wednesday.

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Possibly Imminent Demolition Of Africa House, Calais

01-05-2010 23:43

Africa house in Calais is almost certainly going to be demolished...we don't know when, but there are signs it could be very soon. warning for urgent mobilisation callout.

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May Day Carnival – Pix-&-Vidz – Sat 01 May 10

01-05-2010 23:35

A1. Happy May Day, Four Times Over Already
Dateline: May Day Parade & Carnival, Parliament Square, London, UK, 14:00-17:00, Sat 01 May 10 – G20 Meltdown mobilised thousands to the Bank of England on 01 April 2009, and Election Meltdown repeated the feat on International Workers Day 2010, with four convergent May Day Parades converging outside the House of Conmens in Parliament Square for Carnival festivities. Four bosses' lackey politicians were executed in effigy, Thursday's forthcoming election was declared null-&-void, and we took the roadway for a dance-floor and held it, till heavy rain stopped play around 17:00.

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mayday pics

01-05-2010 23:23

some shots fom the space hijackers' "spoil for choice" election battlebus, and then from parliament square

the space hijackers hired an open-top bus as a spoof election battle bus on behalf of no party. a huge sound system and party atmosphere attracted the attention of passers-by who were invited to spoil their ballot papers on may 6th as an active response to the election. loads of leaflets were passed out, and stickers shared, and public reaction was overwhelmingly good - let's face it, most folk are really looking for something other than the three choices we're offered, and in most constituencies, the vote is pre-determined and pointless anyway. ballot-spoiling offers a real alternative voice. (of course there's still the more radical and logical argument that even spoiling your ballot paper conveys some legitimacy to the whole democratic facade, and perhaps it's better to just ignore the muppets and carry on organising alternatives.)

after a couple of hours on the road, the bus made it to parliament square, but the plan to go round the square was stymied by a bunch of pesky anarchists and cyclists who had closed off the road in front of parliament. still, a journey past downing street and round trafalgar square and back to parliament picked up a load more passengers and a whole load of class war posters.

in the square, around 4.30pm the road had mostly cleared apart from four people who seemed oblivious to the traffic chaos they were causing. but when they moved away and the police opened the road, some masked black-clad folk bravely defied the traffic and gradually people were drawn back into the road, and after a stand-off with the police, cars were backed up, the road was coned off and the party continued. after this success, the anarchists went on to close off westminster bridge, and the police again facilitated peaceful protest, (after taking lots of pics of the anarchists for later use.)

on the subject of later use, after rain stopped play and most players had moved on to the waterloo street paper (cleverly held under cover), police forensics tried to take samples from the new paintwork on the churchill statue. one plucky human rights proclaimer got unceremoniously dragged out of the way, and about 20 cops stood around in the rain protecting the forensic team as they discovered that the spray paint was manufactured in china.

as the perpetrators were no doubt closely photographed from the hovering police helicopter earlier in the afternoon, they'd probably best avoid eating chinese over the next few days and at any near-future protests, or they might find themselves raided/snatched. the churchill statue has always been a sensitive matter, partly due to pressure from MP nicholas soames who is churchill's grandson. soames is of course and arms dealer (aegis defense), a dangerous driver (convicted last year), and an inheritance tax dodger (uncovered by mark thomas), but none of this stops him from claiming the moral high ground to protect his grandfather, the civilian mass-murderer who is honoured in parliament square.

as torrential rain set in, the peoples' assembly pitched their tents ready for daily peoples' politics right up to election day. tonight there are more than twenty tents pitched and there's a brilliant 'rocket fire' and plenty of tarpaulin and cosy bedding to protect against the elements. the main call from the camp is to highlight the continuing wars and to call to bring the troops home.

all are welcome to join the peacestrike camp in the run-up to the election, and can find out more details at their website. anyone noticed incidentally the virtual news black-out on the wars? an NUJ journalist confirmed today that the media has an unnoficial veto on war news until after the election. the peacestrike camp is hoping to challenge that veto with a large presence in the square. imagine the whole square full of tents by thursday - you can help make it happen!

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mayday pics

01-05-2010 23:14

some shots fom the space hijackers' "spoil for choice" election battlebus, and then from parliament square

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Cruelty companies closing sites, Cops obstruct Science Park road. Good Times!

01-05-2010 22:18

Police obstruct Science Park road... to protest cruel animal tests??
Sites closing? The police obstructing highways? Things are going good!

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Threatening Iran Is Wrong

01-05-2010 21:39

The antiwar movement everywhere should be extremely alarmed about the Obama Administration’s declaration in April that Washington can target Iran with nuclear weapons. Although vague “all options are on the table” warnings were also issued under George W. Bush, now the threat of a pre-emptive nuclear strike on Iran is enshrined in the revised Nuclear Posture Review of the United States.
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Edinburgh Parliamentary Candidates pledge to end the detention of children

01-05-2010 21:11

Constituents from Edinburgh South and Edinburgh South West met with their parliamentary candidates to ask them to sign the Sanctuary Pledge which would commit them to taking active steps to end the detention of children of asylum seekers.

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Demonstration against Israeli exhibition at the Scottish Parliament

01-05-2010 21:00

There was a demonstration outside the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 26th April 2010 from noon to about 1.35pm when around 70 people turned up to listen to a number of speakers condemn the exhibition.

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Mayday Pics (Red Horse)

01-05-2010 20:55

The General Secretary of the Labour Party
Some of the action on the Red Route
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