UK Social Struggles Newswire Archive
17-07-2008 17:54Denunication of ongoing repression and call for international solidarity with VOCAL and the Oaxacan social movement.
A translation of the communique sent via e-mail to http://directactiongr.blogspot.com:
Massive write down of value of assets, first half losses of £20 million, shares at half their previous high. The recommendation in the business and investment pages of The Independent was to sell!
Burying cash in the sand would be a more fruitful investment!
17-07-2008 13:35Action by the Unison and Unite unions has brought upwards of half a million council workers throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland out on a two-day strike.
SAT 6TH SEPT / 12 NOON
SHUT DOWN SEQUANI LABS
This afternoon we got a sms calling for urgent support as it was expected that bailiffs with specialised equipment and police would be arriving on site by 4pm. We set off to Wembley to show our support to one of the few examples of grass roots autonomous organising and resistance we've seen in London that escapes the usual (and expected) 'activist' scenes. As soon as we got there we realised that today's alleged eviction was yet another bluff in the 'threats and wait' game the bailiffs are playing. An earlier eviction had been set for yesterday afternoon, when around 50 local people turned up to show support. That one didn't materialise neither, and so now the protestors are expecting it at any time. They have therefore now taken permanent positions on the roofs of the building next to the sports grounds, with at least one protestor already locking on to the main mast. The protestor's claims that the sports grounds are a vital resource to the local community, was reinforced whilst we were there when a local football team turned up for their usual training.
The general feeling is that most probably the eviction will happen 'by surprise' in the early morning, and quite possibly tomorrow thursday morning, and so they maintain their call for urgent solidarity and for people to go up there and show their support.
See below some pics of the occupation today:
Photographs (C) 2008, Peter Marshall. All rights reserved.
THE LATEST: Brent Council have served all protestors on the site with an injunction to leave the site and have already received court paper for specialist baliffs. Police are threatening protestors with being chraged if they resist.
Brent Council have pushed for an immediate eviction order on the Tent City on the Wembley Sports Ground, Bridge Road, so the construction of temporary accommodation for the first 60 pupils can start for what has been termed the 'pre-academy'. (More info and background below).
Wembley Tent City Occupation, Bridge Road, Wembley:
Nearest Tube: Wembley Park (Metropolitan Line)
Turn left out the station, walk up the hill to main junction on Bridge Rd, turn left, walk 100 metres, turn left into the gate way to Wembley Park Sports Ground and you're there.
Buses: From Central London: 18 from Euston to Sudbury and then the 182 to
Wembley Park Station (the N18 runs past Sudbury. Get off at Wembley
triangle from which Bridge Road is a 15 minute walk past Wembley Arena).
Other routes: 83 from Golders Green Stn, 302 from Kensal Rise Stn, 297
from Willesden Bus Garage.
16-07-2008 13:09Council balliffs have just arrived on site following the injunctions and threats of prison time, served less than two hours ago, for all involved in the campaign and have given orders for everyone on site to leave before 4pm or face for forced eviction and possible arrest.
16-07-2008 12:27Following the resistance and support from across the city yesterday as the Wembley Tent City Occupation defied yesterday's 6pm eviction order, this morning Brent Council officials arrived and served a written injunction order on one Tent City member and injunction orders on every empty tent, lisitng the addressee as "unknown occupier".
16-07-2008 08:08After having done a deal with Ken Livingstone, which involved selling out the East End over Crossrail in true SWP style, George Galloway has been attending the Commons plugging his reputation as a man who cares about the middle East. The man's latest concern is Pakistan while the poor and oppressed in East End continue to suffer at the hands of Tower Hamlets Council and the Respect clique which has joined forces with disreputable contingencies in the Labour, Liberal Democrat and increasingly Conservative Party. In short, George Galloway and his supporters are a fraud. Look at his record