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In reality less than 200 members of various European Defence Leagues actually bothered to turn up (with 50 countries in Europe this averages out at an impressive 4 members per country). The far right was greatly outnumbered by an anti-fascist counter-demo – with about 4,000 people coming out to oppose them.
01-04-2012 20:01A collage of interviews with people about why they were supporting the teachers' strike during the march on Wednesday in central London. These struggles aren't taking place in isolation, but are part of an international movement against neoliberal austerity plans and the privatisation of education. For an overview of other actions currently taking place around the world, check out http://ism-global.net/ (International Student Movement).
Music by Beatraider.
01-04-2012 17:56As you may know the Theme for Refugee Week 2012 is 'Spirit.'
The theme can be interpreted in the following ways:
· Spirit of the Olympic Games/values - friendship, respect,
courage, determination, equality etc.
· Spirit of perseverance - grit and determination it takes to flee
persecution and rebuild your life.
· Community Spirit - the integration and welcome shared between
refugees and local communities
Unity is very happy to announce its contribution to this year's Refugee
Week which, this year, will run between 18th-24th June
01-04-2012 14:45The Squatters Network of Brighton (and hove actually) is having a squatters convergence from 17th to 20th May 2012.
Thirty Palestine rights supporters gathered outside the gates of Veolia’s site in Tyseley on Friday afternoon, 30th March 2012. The rally was to draw attention to Veolia’s commercial activities in supporting Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem and Palestinian territories.
01-04-2012 09:21LONDON - Holy Thursday, April 5th. 11am - Join Catholic Workers on a Stations of the Cross through the Sites of Suffering in Westminister
This year the CW Stations of the Cross will start on Thursday 5th of April at 11.00am at No.10 Downing Street.
01-04-2012 09:00Indymedia UK has decided to remove the comments function available on the UK Indymedia website. Although the ability to comment on articles was originally felt to be vital in fostering inclusion, a sense of empowerment and to facilitate intelligent debate amongst activists unable to talk face to face, the comments pages are now felt by the collective and many users to be obsolete, if not downright destructive.
In response to continued exposes of cover-ups of paedophilia within fascist and far right groups, the British Nationalist Man Child Love Association has released this message:
There has been a lot of nonsense spouted by the unwashed students of the left recently concerning the stance of British nationalists over paedophilia. Our fellow patriots in the EDL, BNP, etc. have, quite rightly, sought to attack Moslem men who prey upon white girls. "The disgusting rape of children committed by foreigners who seek to sully our gene pool with their perverted and lustful miscegenation must be opposed by all patriots.
"The reds have responded with their usual hysterical shrieks pointing to the cases of convicted nationalist paedophiles, such as Richard Price (EDL leadership), Michael Coates (EDL/North West Infidels), Brett Moses (EDL), Darren Francis (Northants BNP), Gavin Leist (Loughborough BNP), Mark Walker (BNP), Ian Hindle & Paul Wells (BNP), Nigel Hesmondhalgh (BNP), Roderick Rowley (BNP), Martyn Gilleard (British People's Party, National Front, BNP), Jon Venables (BNP supporter) and Kevin Strom (American neo-nazi and personal friend of Nick Griffin). They suggest that we are hypocritical for attacking Muslim child molesters whilst allowing them to flourish on our own side.
"This is simply missing the point.
"Comparing these pinnacles of the master race with immigrants who have come to this country to prey on our children is outrageous. These patriots are defenders of a nationalist tradition of seeking a pure love between a man and a young maiden.
"Some misunderstand this as exploitative, abusive and sick. The British Nationalist Man Child Love Association say that they are wrong.
"We want to defend the white tradition of paedophilia and assert our God-given right to dominate the earth. That is why British nationalist movements attract men who use their authority and power to pressure children into sex. We see it as our traditional right.
"We are not hypocrites. We are not sick. We are nationalists."
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Thursday 29 March 2012
At around miday and later at 4pm, teachers and supporters gathered in the Market Square to protest at Nottingham City Council plan for a 5 term Year.
The NUT says, the first of what may be a series of strikes attracted strong support from members. Almost all the schools involved in the strike were completely or partially closed.
The day started with pickets at some schools that were remaining partially open. From 10 am until 5:30 pm teachers were involved in activities outside the Council House in the Old Market Square. Leaflets were distributed to parents and public and around a thousand showed their support by signing our petition against the 5 Term Year.
At 12 noon strikers gathered in the Mrket Square to hear a few speakers explaining the reason for our strike. Kevin Courtney Deputy General Secretary was amongst the speakers.
Public leafleting continued during the day until a further meeting for school workers not on strike was held at 4:30 pm.
The Nottingham Post ran a poll about the issue during the day and the results were as follows:
How do you feel about today's teachers' strike over the five-term year plans?
58% I am against the five-term year plans and support the strike action
27% I am in favour of the five-term year plans and do not support the strike action
10% I am against the five-term year plans but do not support the strike action
4% I am undecided
2% I am in favour of the five-term year plans but support the strike action
A majority of the public are clearly opposed to the 5 Term Plan.
City Councillors had been invited to meet teachers at any time between 10 am and 5 pm but not one chose to do so. In an email from Councillors Collins and Mellen to the NUT they wrote:
Members of the Labour Group discussed your request at a meeting on Monday evening, and whilst members of the Labour Group would be happy to meet NUT members, the NUT does not feel it appropriate that this meeting takes place in the middle of a school day.
Whilst their reluctance to meet teachers during the school day is somewhat petty, their refusal to do so even after school, shows how determined they are not to allow all Councillors to hear the views of members. A small group of Executive Councillors will not tolerate any open debate with all the elected Councillors of Nottingham.
They had offered to meet a delegation of NUT members at some future date but you can be sure this will only be with selected Councillors who have already indicated a refusal to negotiate on the key principles of the 5 Term Year.
Video : Nottingham teachers strike to save summer holidays
National Union of Teachers : Nottingham City
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"It is not enough to curse the darkness.
It is also necessary to light a lamp!!"
31-03-2012 18:39In response to the ban on squatting being passed in the House of Lords on Tuesday, Squatters and their supporters took a meandering march through Brighton and Hove today.
31-03-2012 16:57Uranium Film Festival has selected 40 films aber nuclear power, uranium mining and nuclear accidents for the screenings June 28 to July 14, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro.