UK Newswire Archive
01-10-2011 07:32On 15th October 2011 citizens across the world will take to the streets to express their outrage. We will not sit idly by while our rights are fundamentally undermined by the undemocratic alliance between politicians and corporations. Real Democracy Now invites you to join our peaceful call for action to say enough! It is time to raise our voices. Our future is at stake, and nothing can hold back the power of millions of people when they unite for a common goal.
01-10-2011 04:01"Journal of 9/11 Studies" Co-Editor Kevin Ryan and "To Prevent the Next `9/11'" Author Don Paul respond to a few of the assertions made in a 29 August 2011 article that was posted on the BBC News site in a recent email interviw
30-09-2011 23:51Vassilis Stergiou is revengefully persecuted by the Greek state for showing his solidarity with the student movement and for his long time participation in social struggles. He was arrested on 8th March 2007, following a massive demonstration against a university reformation law. He was imprisoned without a trial for 6 months.
I haven't been able to get the full story yet but it seems that around 30 protesters occupied the Nottingham Atos medical assessment centre shortly after 12pm today in protest at the company's role in forcing people with medical conditions into work. Two people were arrested for aggravated trespass including one person in a wheelchair that the police were unable to fit into their van. He was charged on the spot and bailed whilst the other was taken to the Bridewell police station. A solidarity protest was held outside which was swelled in the evening by 30 cyclists from the Nottingham critical mass. Just as we arrived at around 6.30 the arrestee was released to much bell ringing and applause!
Today's critical mass was well attended with 2 sound systems and we had a good old tour around town before heading to the Sumac for a special post-CM people's kitchen. Drivers' tempers were a little bit more frayed than usual thanks to the hot day but the mass was good humoured and fun. Our show of solidarity to the anti-Atos people was definitely a highlight - especially as we were there to see the man released.
Look forward to hearing more about the anti-Atos demo.
as part of a uk-wide protest against ATOS today, there was a small but noisy presence outside the islington business design centre all afternoon. here are some pics from the early part of the protest.
click on image for larger version. 'some rights reserved' - free for credited non-commercial use, otherwise contact author for permission
ATOS is the IT company which 'tests' disabled people on behalf of the government to see if they are capable of work. the 'work capability assessment' tests involve a short interview and a computerised programme.
the testing regime has resulted in a catalogue of sad and horrific stories, with people forced to work while facing serious or terminal illness, and with benefits stripped leading to suicides.
not only that, but the company has also aggressively countered criticism, resorting to bullying legal tactics to close down websites.
today's nationwide action saw gatherings at ATOS offices in 17 towns and cities.
the london islington protest took place outside the british medical journal's trade fair where ATOS were recruiting medical staff for their assessment teams. from midday around 60 protestors gathered near the islington business design centre. police kept them away from the main entrance as the area is apparently 'private property' despite being an open plaza. at one stage a small group moved up to the main entrance of the building with the large 'atos kills' banner, but were soon pushed back to the official protest area.
many groups were represented today. some of them are listed in the press release below.
PRESS RELEASE -
The Day of Action has been called by a range of different groups and organisations throughout the UK. For the full list of supporting organisations and further details of all protests please visit the website at: http://benefitclaimantsfightback.wordpress.com/
Contact details of some of the paticipating groups are as follows:
· Benefit Claimants Fightback: email@example.com
· Black Triangle: firstname.lastname@example.org Scotland contact: 07778 316875
· Defend Welfare network
· Disabled People Against Cuts: email@example.com contact:07714 927533
· WinVisible (women with visible and invisible disabilities): firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 7482 2496.
Atos Healthcare is part of Atos, the French multinational IT company which operates in 42 countries and which has the IT contract for the Olympic Games.
The National Day of Action Against Atos is the sixth National Day of Protest targeting benefit cuts, which has seen a diverse network of claimant, disability and anti-cuts groups and individuals taking action in every major city in the UK. As well as protests outside Atos offices, demonstrations have been held outside jobcentres, workfare
provider's offices, the Daily Mail for witch-hunting benefit “scroungers” and Westminster Council over the ban on soup runs.
The government is just weeks away from destroying the NHS forever. This is an emergency. On Sunday October 9th at 1pm, join UK Uncut on Westminster Bridge and help block the bill. On one side of Westminster Bridge is Parliament. On 7th September, MPs in the Commons voted for the end of the NHS as we know it. Yet this was not in any manifesto. On the opposite side of the bridge is St Thomas’ Hospital, one of Britain’s oldest medical institutions. If the bill passes, hospitals like St Thomas’ will be sold to private corporations, the staff put on private payrolls and beds given over to private patients. Despite the government’s lies, this bill represents the wholesale privatization of the NHS and, with it, the destruction of the dream of comprehensive healthcare provided equally to all.
On October 12th, the Lords have a chance to vote down the bill, and a huge Liberal Democrat rebellion is brewing. We have one last chance to save our NHS.
On Sunday 9th October, just three days before the Lords vote, join UK Uncut in a spectacular act of mass civil disobedience to block the bill. By blocking Westminster Bridge we symbolically block the bill from getting from Parliament to our hospitals. Yes, it will be disruptive. Yes, it will stop the traffic. But this is an emergency and we have to shout as loud as we can.
Get to the middle of Westminster Bridge shortly before 1pm. When Big Ben strikes one, pick one of the tactics below and help block the bridge:
- Bring some fake blood and play dead
- Bring hospital radio to the bridge with some music and comedy
- Bring a nurse for a resuscitation skill-share
- Dress up in scrubs and perform an operation
- Enjoy a picnic overlooking Parliament
- Share stories about the the NHS
- Invite a friend from across the pond to describe the reality of a privatised healthcare system
- Invite older generations to describe a time before universal healthcare
- (if you’ve got other good ideas, email them to email@example.com)
Invite everyone you know to the Facebook event, and make sure you click ‘attending’ – the action will only go ahead if 1000 or more people plan to attend. We'll be in close contact with St. Thomas’ before and during the protest to ensure access for emergency vehicles.
We will not let a coalition of millionaire politicians and private health lobbyists destroy our NHS. Be on Westminster Bridge for 1pm on October 9th and together let’s block this bill from getting to our hospitals.
See you on the bridge.
Free coaches available! See here for more information
Posters/flyers available here
Call a Lib Dem/Crossbench Lord and explain how you're willing to Block the Bridge to save the NHS!
Press release: UK Uncut to shut down Westminster Bridge in protest over NHS bill
Ryan Harvey returns for his final London show of the year.
30-09-2011 09:16A new novel by a British Veteran talks about his experiences with life after war.
Students occupying Strathclyde University are planning to leave their occupation at 14.00 on the 30th of october following 27 hours of occupation, the time was chosen to symbolise the £27,000 fees for RUK students.
Available now from all good Radical Bookshops, also at a couple of university fresher days, the Anarchist Bookfair and upcoming demonstrations. Pick up a copy now! Or Download a pdf HERE.
First Public Distribution will be in conjunction with the Hackney Anarchist Group, corner of Ridley Road and Kingsland Road, 1pm SATURDAY 8TH October.
29-09-2011 22:46“largest delivery of radiation into the ocean ever seen”
29-09-2011 19:25The banksters want the shirt of our backs. Let's give it to them on Big Rip Off Day!
Former Notts firearms cop Timothy Allatt was sent down for 8 weeks today for assaulting a man he arrested in Sneinton last year. Allatt's 'gratuitous violence' left his victim with a collapsed lung and facial injuries. Allatt has already been kicked out of the force for using 'excessive force' in another arrest.
As usual, the forces of law and order have protected their own. By only charging Allatt with assault rather than grievous bodily harm (a punctured lung is a very serious injury) and due to 'glowing references' from others within the force, Allatt has got off with a very lenient sentence. 8 weeks is much shorter than the 2 years 9 months handed down to a teenager who chatted shit on Facebook, the 6 months for someone who stole a bottle of water and the 16 months given to a man who stole a lick of ice cream during the riots. And to add insult to injury, the bastard has launched an appeal and is out on bail already.
No justice, no peace.
Ed Milliband has promised to cut student fees from 9,000 to 6,000 pounds. Although he is trying to position himself on the side of students he has actually endorsed Coallition policy of destroying free universal education and forcing students to start a career with the prospect of debt.
UPDATE : Demo at the building under occupation at 4pm today. Collins Building, Richmond St.
Support the Occupation of Strathclyde Uni! Solidarity needed.