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10-01-2013 17:25

The EZLN Announces Next Steps

Communiqué from the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee – General Command of the Zapatista National Liberation Army
December 30 2012.

10-01-2013 17:19

The Zapatista's Silent Message

It is a huge demonstration of force–the largest in the entire history of the Zapatista movement–just days before the 19th anniversary of their first public appearance and 30 years since their founding. Read more >>

07-01-2013 23:34

Plea of imprisoned youth sentenced to death by Islamic regime

stop hanging Loqman

Is this world so cruel, to watch both my cousin and I be hanged in public from a crane on the street? and say nothing? Or not to do anything?


20-12-2012 13:06

Major Construction Boss Supports The EDL ( #edl #anonymous #corporatewatch #edl

One of the largest construction companies in the North of England, Westall Construction Services, is owned and managed by millionairre Samuel Westall, who uses YouTube, FB and his Twitter feed to spread racist EDL propaganda against British Muslim citizens, including the EDL's racist "Muslim Bombers" song. Westall Construction are the UK's biggest building company, and supply nationwide construction services to employing 1700 people with engineers in every area. McDonalds, Burger King, River Island, and RBS (which they have a partnership) and other global brands to name but a few, work with Westall Construction Limited. Read more >>

11-12-2012 13:51

Statement from Stop the G8 regarding the summit in Northern Ireland next year

We are an autonomous group of activists who have been meeting over the past 6 months to organise a resistance to the G8 summit. We have already put out a call out for a week of action against the G8. We have decided to adopt the PGA hallmarks, and we try to organise non-hierarchically using consensus, respecting the autonomy of groups and individuals involved. Read more >>

15-03-2012 10:55

Blood, Sweat, Gear: the human cost of the Olympics

Outside Downing St

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.


13-03-2012 18:06

Blood, Sweat and Gear: the human cost of the London Olympics

International and local speakers will discuss whether the Olympics legacy will be exploited garment workers and the marginalisation of east London communities. Read more >>

23-05-2011 19:55

Protests set to continue outside Spanish embassy

The protest and camp outside London's Spanish embasy that started almost a week ago grew in strenght during the weekend. On Friday night around 50 people set up camp, and on Saturday more people joined in to spend the night on the pavement opposite to the embassy. But it was during the day when the protest grew to several hundred, specially on Saturday when around 500 people joined in throughout the afternoon till well into the night.

Several working groups were formed and started to work on different aspects of the protest. These included logistics, communications & media, international, and art & action. The days were mostly spent in working groups meetings and plenary assemblies that discussed issues ranging from logistics and the future of the London protest, to people debating the characteristics and aims of this 'movement' both here in London and in Spain, as well as how it can be expanded beyond Spain. People from Italy and Portugal were present at the Sunday's assembly where they announced that people are starting to discuss plans for similar square occupations in their countries.

There was also time for spontaneous protest as people periodically gathered shouting "they (politicians) don't represent us!" whilst banging pots and pans. The bigger, loudest and more festive protest of the weekend was on Saturday night, with people improvising chants and slogans against politicians, representative democracy, bankers, political parties and demanding a system change.

On Sunday the plenary assembly decided to dismantle the camp until next weekend - starting on Friday 27th - but to continue the protest outside the embassy every day from 7 to 9pm, in solidarity with the camps in Madrid's Puerta del Sol [live webcam] and Barcelona's Plaça de Catalunya that announced they would continue for at least another week. During the daily protests this week there are plans for working groups meetings, workshops and further assemblies that  will decide on the shape of the protest for nesxt weekend as well as how to continue is 'movement' in London.

Here there are some photos from Sunday afternoon and evening ...

Related articles in London Indymedia:

More information about the protests in London:

More information about the square occupations in Spain:




21-05-2011 17:55

'They all must go!' ...

... people kept shouting last night outside the Spanish embassy in Belgravia. Since Wednesday 18th large crowds of mainly spaniards living in London are following a call to demonstrate and to express anger about the "political, economic, and social outlook which we see around us: corruption among politicians, businessmen, bankers, leaving us helpless, without voice."

On Friday 20th around 300 people showed up at Chesham Place for a 'pots & pans' protest, coinciding with hundreds of 'cacerolazo' protests called thorughout Spain as part of the 'Spanish Revolution' currently taking place all over the country. After the protest, a public assembly took place where, amongst other things, people debated the practicalities of setting up camp till Sunday 22nd. As a result, around 50 people spent the night outside the embassy, and there are plans for further demonstrations today Saturday and Tomorrow sunday [See Democracy London blog]

See pics of the London protest and read about the background story ...

What is all this about then?

Well, summing up the story began a few weeks ago when an anonymous call demanding 'True Democracy now!" went viral through social networking sites and twitter. The initial proposal was to take to the streets in as many Spanish towns and cities as possible on Sunday 15th of May, to express anger to the current  'democratic system' that puts the rule of the market above social needs and rights.

Currently in Spain there's 21% unemployment, which means that over 5 million people are out of work, 40% of which are young people. This, together with the massive 'austerity measures that Spanish government is imposing to the country affecting employment laws, cuts in public pensions and services, privatisation, and precarity in almost all aspects of people's lives,  is fast creating a general unrest that eventually exploded in  hugely successful demonstrations on over 50 Spanish cities last Sunday 15th.

The huge demonstrations in Madrid and Barcelona ended in  the occupations of Puerta del Sol and Plaça de Catalunya squares respectively. In both cities a few hundred people set up public assemblies that decided to set up camps immediately. In Madrid the camp was evicted by police the very first night whilst in Barcelona it was allowed to stay. The assembly of Madrid immediately called for another occupation of the central square for Monday night, and in the event, thousands of people turned up re-taking the square and setting up infrastructure for a long lasting protest. The camp in Barcelona was not evicted and by Monday night it also grow to thousands of people setting up kitchens, sleeping areas, debating forums, communications infrastructure and so on. By Tuesday, many more Spanish cities and towns started to mobilise too setting up their own protests, assemblies and camps, turning the spontaneous citizen mobilisation into something resembling and uprising. 

As a background to all this, there are the local elections taking place this Sunday all over Spain, together with, elections in some regional parliaments. It is for this reason why many of the communiques and manifestos coming out from the different camps talk about the need to go beyond parliamentary 'democracy' and into grass-roots and directly participatory ways of organising. It is for this reason that there's a general call from all the occupied squares to not vote on Sunday and to organise in local assemblies instead.

The main two camps in Madrid and barcelona are growing in numbers and strength (see live webcam from Madrid's Puerta del Sol) even though the protests are currently declared illegal since midnight Friday, due to the fact that Saturday is officially the "reflection day' during elections and as a result all public political expressions are banned by law. Madrid's local government had announced that they would not allow the camp to go into the weekend provoking fears of repression and the eviction of the camp, but the response was to gather in mass at Puerta del Sol and at midnight last night there where over 15,000 people occupying the square. The evictions has therefore not happened, and it now seems the camp will be allowed to stay, mainly due tothe fact that any violent eviction would play very badly in the hands of all parties seeking to get elected on Sunday.

The protests and occupations are due to continue till this Sunday (the election day), but the same as in the London's protest, there are now  many calls to turn them indefinite. It is yet not clear how this protest will continue and what it will turn into, nor whether this new 'movement' made of a new anonimous subject will actually become such a movement. At the moment it seems that it is a clear expression of anger, disgust and defiance to the current status quo, but whether this general unrest will actually politize itself it is still to be seen. What is clear though is that it intrinsically carries a lot of potential.

Note: solidarity protests have been called throughout Europe for today, including in Italy, Germany, Portugal, France and Belgium

Communique from Real Democracy in Manchester

Fake democracies all across Europe are in great danger because the Revolution has just started. This is a time for action, for rising up together and changing the system.

Europe is suffering from political regimes that set the citizens aside and lack from a plural representation and by doing so, they become false democracies that do not represent the wishes, aspirations and needs of men and women of each country.

They only consider our vote as a mean to reach the power and, as soon as they get it, they forget that their duty is to represent the people. It is then when, as it happened in Spain and other European countries, they give way to the market and banking dictates.
Because of this, our intention is to change the current system, this miscalled democracy, into a new one where the citizenship play a significant role in political decisions via assemblies and other means of participation, with a freer communication media available to them and with a true separation of powers. A democracy to serve the people instead of the markets.

We moved from "I have a dream" to the "We have a dream". We walk together in this with other people from the UK, Italy, France, Germany, Holland and many other European countries. What happens in London, Madrid, Milan, Berlin, Amsterdam... is also happening in other cities and thus we all want to get together under this revolution.

A revolution with the only labels of participation, freedom and no violence. Without flags or political parties; just with the people.  With honest men and women who have risen up to change a system that rejects them, a world that does not work at all. Because in the end, we are world citizens tired of enduring this situation.

People from Manchester:


31-03-2009 11:57

New G20 convergence space opened

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

28-03-2009 02:30

G20 Map - Squaring Up to the Square Mile - Easily printable versions

Get your maps here! Get your maps here! - Map of the Square Mile

Technological gremlins and exhaustion have been banished and more easily printable versions of the maps of the Square Mile and the ExCeL Centre have now been sorted. A3 is the best size for the Square Mile map, so for those without A3 printers, there are two A4 versions you can print out and stick together with old-fashioned sticky tape. The map is downloadable as a JPEG or PDF in A4, A3 and split A3 versions, in black and white or colour.

Here's the full map: Version for printing to A3 - JPG | Version for printing to A3 - PDF | Version for printing to A4 - JPG | Version for printing to A4 - PDF

However, it's best to print an A3 map on two A4 sheets and tape them together:

Here's the two parts in colour: Part One Colour PDF | Part One Colour JPG | Part Two Colour PDF | Part Two Colour JPG

And here they are in greyscale: Part One Greyscale PDF | Part One Greyscale JPG | Part Two Greyscale PDF| Part Two Greyscale JPG

And here's the map of the ExCeL centre: Excel Map PDF | Excel Map JPG

Finally, here's a Button/Banner to embed and link to the map.


17-10-2008 11:51

Commercial Pollution In Schools: How The Supermarkets Are Winning

The Unsuitablog has published a series of articles analysing the way that school supermarket voucher schemes work; how the supermarkets are infiltrating the education system in a deeply pervasive manner; the different greenwashing methods the supermarkets are using; the incredible financial benefit that the supermarkets are gaining from the way "rewards" are given out. This is a serious case of childhood commercial exploitation that no one seems to be taking seriously -- because we all seem to love these schemes.

14-10-2008 22:14

Stopping the city.

Outside the Royal Exchange.
On Friday a demo in the City of London was met with far fewer MET than expected. So the mixture of trots, students and activists went on a tour of some of our more wealthy institutions, much to the alarm of the outnumbered cops who got increasingly sweaty over the next hour as they tried and failed to control the crowd. Read more >>

14-10-2008 16:00 | 1 addition

Clowns in the City.

On Friday as share prices tumbled it became clear that the individuals running the financial markets were little more than a bunch of clowns. A team of experts was dispatched to the financial district to investigate..... Read more >>

12-10-2008 10:39 | 1 addition

Dick Cheney rampages through London - Pictures.

Hang your head low, Mr Cheney.
Campaigners gather outside the Shell oil company HQ in London to protest against the contracting of Iraqi oil reserves by US occupation forces in Iraq on behalf of US and British private oil corporations. Read more >>

11-10-2008 08:22 | 1 addition

VIDEO: Bank of England protest - Friday October 10

No bail out for the bosses protest outside the Bank of England. Read more >>

10-10-2008 21:57 | 1 addition

Anti-Capitalist Demonstration at Bank, London 10 Oct

Going into the the Royal Exchange
A group of several hundred people, mainly students took part in a lively anti-capitalist demonstration about the financial crisis in the centre of the City of London this afternoon. Photographs (C)2008, Peter Marshall, all rights reserved. Read more >>

10-10-2008 21:54

City of London clashes, London - Pictures.

Police and the crowd clash in the City.
As financial markets continue to slump around the world, angry students and activists gather in the City of London to voice their anger over the British governments plan to commit over 50 billion GBP of public funds to shore up confidence in British markets. Read more >>

08-10-2008 16:24

Collapse Faster! - Friday 10th, City of London



06-10-2008 14:30

TAG Aviation seek massive expansion at Farnborough Airport

Airbus A380 Farnborough International Airshow July 2008
TAG Aviation has published the result of its so-called consultation exercise for massive expansion of business aviation at Farnborough Airport. Read more >>


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