UK Newswire Archive
15-03-2012 20:55Civilian staff at GCHQ risk being prosecuted for war crimes as a result of a legal action started on Monday 12th March http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/11/gchq-staff-war-crimes-drones
When Roger Franklin of Stroud, aged 84, received a court summons for failing to comply with the 2011 Census, he wrote to the Magistrates in Bristol explaining his stance and refusing to enter a plea. Roger was found guilty at a court hearing on 8 February. His fine has just been paid by a total of 222 individual donations as cheques made payable to the court, many sent with scathing comments about the conviction.
Court hearing now adjourned until 5th April
Occupy Nottingham received a phonecall yesterday informing them that their original request for a three week adjournment at the hearing Tuesday this week, had now been granted by the Judge.
The letter our solicitors sent to the courts prior to the hearing, was not given to the Judge by the court clerks, and furthermore the council's solicitor did not ensure the Judge had copies of all the relevant paperwork for the case. The Judge however showing a level of fairness and equality as had been requested, and giving time to secure funding for formal representation in court, upon reading the letter he granted the full three week adjournment.
This means that when our spokesperson drew the Judges attention to the letter submitted by Public Interest Lawyers at the hearing this Tuesday and reqested the adjournment on the grounds listed, that the Judge had no idea what was being referred to, and Occupy Nottingham won the original three day adjournment purely on the merit of the strength of the argument presented to the Judge by our spokesperson.
Members of the group also emphatically deny any allegations that they have cost the council thousands of pounds to clean the area around their camp as alleged. The only rubbish that we have collected has been inside our camp, and likewise the same for any spillages, which we have disposed of, or cleaned up ourselves as the council have refused to facilitate refuse collection. In fact we have seen considerable neglect when it came to cleaning the area around our camp perimeter by the council. Anything external to the camp is likely to have been left by other members of the public who are nothing to do with the camp, particularly night time revellers and drunks hanging about the market place.
up to a thousand london students took part in the march yesterday afternoon, starting at malet street and ending with a call for david willett's resignation at the dept for business, innovation and skills in victoria. the procession was closely policed, and new tactics were deployed.
Night Pickets at the Mayr-Melnhof Packaging plant in Bootle, Merseside.
International and local speakers will discuss whether the Olympics legacy will be exploited garment workers and the marginalisation of east London communities. The leader of sweatshop workers in Bangladesh and community representatives in east London will speak out this month on the human cost of the Olympics. They will address a major conference staged by War on Want, after the anti-poverty charity accused top sportswear brands of exploiting Bangladeshi staff.
15-03-2012 08:55Veteran peace activist Roger Franklin (84) was fined £460 in Bristol Magistrates' for refusing to fill in the 2011 Census form, because the census was run by arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin. (LM is the world's second-largest arms corporation. Its US subsidiary trained interrogators for the notorious Guantanamo prison camp. Its weaponry was heavily used in the massacre of civilians carried out in Gaza in 2008-9.)
In the wake of strikes and occupations last year, Bristol Perspectives was formed by a collective of staff and students fed up with university bosses. This alternative newsletter exists to give a voice to staff, who feel intimidated by management, and to create a space for debate and discussion about our vision for the university, in face of the government attacks on Higher Education.
a small group of protestors gathered outside the marriott hotel in swiss cottage this evening where the 'unconventional shale gas conference' is taking place today and tomorrow.
Two of the Notts Uncut Prosecutions Discontinued
The two members of Notts Uncut who were arrested on 17th December for not complying with a condition of section 14 of the public order act have both received a notice of discontinuance from the CPS today. Apparently "a prosecution is not needed in the public interest".
We haven't heard anything about the case of the third member, who was arrested on the same day for police obstruction (for having the audacity to ask when one of the original arrestees would be released) but we are optimistic that his case will also be dropped.
This development reinforces what we have always believed - that these arrests were nothing more than a transparent attempt to intimidate us and other protest and direct action groups into silence.
Notts Uncut will continue to take action against corporate tax avoidance, cuts to jobs and public services and government attacks on vulnerable people. We are holding a meeting on Sunday 18th March at 12.30 at the Sumac Centre to discuss strategies and focuses for future actions. Everyone is welcome.
We will fight and we will win.
14-03-2012 18:35On the 14th of March, Lancaster University Against the Cuts, an autonomous student organisation at Lancaster University, launched a number of actions to mark the NUS week of action against the privatisation of education and the national walkout day, alongside members of #occupy Lancaster.
A LOCAL SHOW ON POLICITCAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC TOPICS AFFECTING THE NORTH EAST OF ENGLAND AND THE UK.
POLITICAL EDUCATION FOR THE GREAT UNWASHED
Work has begun on Leyton Marsh. Basket ball courts for olympic and paraolympic players to practise on, are being built. Leyton Marsh is a well-used and well-loved bit of municipal open land.
14-03-2012 12:47Smash EDO update about past and future events and the Summer of Resistance.
14-03-2012 10:24Researchers from the Harvard Medical School in the US studies 120,000 people over three decades have discovered that eating red meat will decrease life expectancy.
Time to ban eating meat now as a matter of public health. Feeding meat to children should be considered child abuse and the parents prosecuted.