532, 17th Feb, 2006
531, 10th Feb, 2006
530, 3rd February, 2006
529, 27th January, 2006
SchNEWS 528, 20th January, 2006 JAILHOUSE SHOCK An article sent to SchNEWS by long term prisoner John Bowden about racist abuse by prison guards. And more...
SchNEWS 527, 13th January, 2006 HACKED OFF Locals in Hackney fight gentrification by squatting a cafe that's being threatened with demolition. Also a look at Tory Bliar's "Respect Agenda" and more.
526, 6th January, 2006
525, 16th Dec, 2005
SchNEWS 524, 9th December, 2005 HONG KONG PHOOEY New WTO trade talks shindig, in Hong Kong this time promises wealth, happiness and great sex for everyone forever. However, judging by previous evidence the rich'll get richer and the poor will stay poor. Also Libraries under threat, Burma's screwed, Yarl's Wood is a disgrace and more.
SchNEWS 523, 2nd December, 2005 AMIR-ACLE Iranian man who has been living in Brighton while seeking asylum has avoided deportation thanks to grassroots support from the community. Also St Agnes Place evicted, housing sold off in Hackney and more.
522, 25th Nov, 2005
521, 18th Nov, 2005
520, 11th Nov, 2005
519, 4th November, 2005
SchNEWS 518, 28th October, 2005 FREEDOM.CON The Freedom to Protest conference in London brought together people from campaigns from all over the country. Meanshile, back on the ranch, anti-arms protesters are up in the High Court, asylum seekers are being deported to countries known for torture. And more...
517, 21st October, 2005
SchNEWS 516, 14th October, 2005 SICK JOKE Blunkett plans to force the sick and disabled to work for their benefits while the super rich hold all their asses abroad and pay no tax. Councils try to sell off council housing and more.
Swiss Roll Over
The to Swiss police officers charged with cutting the rope of an
activist hanging from a bridge in Switzerland during protests at
the 2003 G8 summit in Evian (SchNEWS 408/409/410) have been acquitted.
In a summary which mirrored the statements made by defence lawyers
for the two policemen, the judge said that the police had made mistakes
but that these were caused by stress.
Activists at the trial walked out of the court when they heard
the judges verdict and staged a protest outside. The climbers
read this statement:
What we have seen here during the last three days is exactly
the reason why we and thousands of others like us, all over the
world, think that direct action is the best way to overcome injustice.
The entire judicial procedure, from the time the rope was cut, has
been clear whitewash. The prosecution is supposed to defend the
law but what they actually defend is the state and its officers.
This court case has been an elaborate, expensive and time-consuming
piece of theatre to provide a platform to find excuses for inexcusable
actions and to misguide the public by pretending to provide justice.
This verdict is a pure cover up of police brutality by the justice
system and is just further proof of the almost complete police impunity
The protest camp to stop Tescos building another supermarket
in Shepton Mallet has gone big time with tunnels and 90-foot tree
platforms and national media coverage. Tescos are claiming
that the area is brownfield, but it has a mature woodland
of 400 trees on it as well as a war memorial which will also
Earlier this week the camp lost a High Court decision and an eviction
team was assembling, but the trees would have to be felled before
March 1st or else theyd be protected by bird nesting laws
in the Wildlife and Countryside Act. But now it turns out Tescos
dont own part of this land until March 1st, so theyd
have to bring in a new eviction process to claim the whole area.
Either way destroying these trees would be illegal, and Tescos
are in no mood to see their steamroller of progress
halted, and could be sending in the heavies anytime.
The site includes the woodland, plus two warehouses and what was
once the social rooms for those buildings which has been
squatted and is now providing heated accommodation and social space
to use for the protesters as temperatures dip below zero.
After the call out (and thanks to BBC and ITV coverage), the camp
has grown with an influx of campaigners some protest camp
veterans, plus new faces, as well as professional climbers, all
arriving to help secure the treehouses, aerial walkways, tunnels,
concrete lock-ons and more.
There is an urgent call out for people, people, climbing and building
tat, tea, coffee, food etc, as eviction attempts are highly likely
next week. There will be a party this Saturday night (25th) in the
squatted social club on-site, with tunnellers, teamakers and
bards all particularly welcome.
The camp is in Shepton Mallet at the end of Station Rd, behind an industrial estate by the War Memorial. Site mobile: 07756 970472.
Activists from Rising Tide, Rhythms of Resistance and other groups
shut down a Shell petrol station in North London on Sunday as part
of an international day of action against Shell.
The activists blockaded the entrance and exit to the forecourt,
disabled the petrol pumps with Caution Global Warming
hazard tape, and hung a banner from the roof of the garage reading
Stop Shell Hell in North West Ireland Now! The petrol
station was shut all afternoon, and part of Upper Street was closed
off to traffic. The forecourt fiesta and samba band came to an abrupt
halt when the fuzz arrived and arrested three of the activists.
The international day of action was called to draw attention to
the struggle to stop the construction of a gas pipeline and refinery
which would transform a remote conservation area of outstanding
natural beauty in County Mayo, Ireland, into an environmental disaster
zone with serious public health and safety implications.
Shells plans are fully backed by the Irish State, which sold
the rights for a song and used compulsory acquisition orders to
give Shell access to local peoples lands.
Residents and people from right across Ireland are fighting back
and, last year, five Rossport residents were jailed for three months
for attempting to prevent construction workers from entering their
land (See SchNEWS 515). During the summer
a protest camp was set up on the site of the proposed pipeline and
construction prevented. Work on the project has still not begun,
and the camp is seeking as many people as possible to join them
this summer to stop Shell again.
For more information and photos, call 07708 794665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Monday (20th) UK Law Lords will begin a hearing of great political significance, as they decide whether a British court can rule on the criminality of a war started by a UK government. A number of the many Trident Ploughshare activists who have resisted at military bases over the years, the so-called Fairford Five, are to be tried at Bristol Crown Court later this year. The Five are charged with cutting their way in and causing £50,000 of damage to a B52. This followed their action in March 2003 to prevent or delay the take-off of the Iraq-bound American bombers from Fairford air force base. The Five say they were justified in their actions - aiming to prevent a far greater crime - that of aggression, of starting an unprovoked war against another country. Lower courts have so far denied them this defence argument, saying that it was a matter for international law, which cannot be ruled on in a British court. A Trident Ploughshares spokesperson said: We hope that the Law Lords will have the courage to unblock the route to the fair trial which would inevitably acquit them. We look forward to the day when it is the war criminals of Whitehall who are in the dock. www.tridentploughshares.org
The Peace Tax Seven - campaigners who withheld 10% of their tax (the estimated percentage of national military spending) and instead argue for a peace fund - are to have their case heard in the Court of Appeal on March 1st. This will be the first time that objection to taxes being used for the war machine will be heard in such a powerful court. The hearing will be at the Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London - but get there by 10.30am (call number below to check for late changes). The peace tax campaign - Conscience - relaunches with a party on March 2nd, 6pm at Clerkenwell House, Hatton Wall, London. Tel 07981 680638 www.peacetaxseven.com
An anti-hunt campaigner has attacked creeping authoritarianism after receiving £1,713 (what about the 37p? ed) from Cambridgeshire Cops this week for false imprisonment. Neil Hansen of the National Anti-Hunt Campaign, had been collecting signatures on a petition to ban hunting in Peterborough in the summer of 2003, when police told him they found the pictures he was displaying of hunted foxes offensive and demanded their removal. I explained that the pictures showed the reality of fox hunting and that I found them offensive too, which is why I was seeking to ban hunting. Neil was charged under the Public Order Act but when the case was dropped, he made an application to the magistrates that the trial proceed in order that he could expose the utterly corrupt action of the police in open court. I suggest to the officers responsible for my arrest that they consider a transfer to North Korea or China where their style of policing might be more appreciated.
Last month, at almost exactly the same time, not one but two peat
extraction sites were mysteriously sabotaged. At a site owned by
Joseph Metcalf Ltd, at Chat Moss near Manchester, two excavators
had their engines wrecked, locks glued, and around a hundred specialist
tires on hoppers and harrows were slashed. Meanwhile, at Lindlow
Moss near Wilmslowe, at a site owned by Croghan Hill Horticulture
(a subsiduary of EJ Godwin of Glastonbury), four tractors and JCBs
had their engines sabotaged and locks glued and buildings were sprayed.
The real coincidence is that the operations of J. Metcalf Ltd have
destroyed Chat Moss. They are now threatening the Wildlife Trust
nature reserve at Astley Moss and local Sites of Special Scientific
Interest (SSSI), whilst EJ Godwins work has dramatically increased
the destruction of the rich wildlife habitats of Lindlow Moss.
* Read Corporate Watchs report on the Peat Industry Turning Dirt into Dollars: http://open.coop/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=4
Tonys Cafe in Broadway Markets Hackney (See SchNEWS
527) was evicted today (Thurs). The building has been secured,
but they havent yet got a license to demolish. Meanwhile,
at the same markets, Spirit who runs a now squatted food
shop (he has been there since 1993), has had a reprieve as the eviction
court case has been adjourned. But money is urgently needed now
to fight the case. For more see http://34broadwaymarket.omweb.org
The Dalston Theatre in Hackney has been squatted, to stop the council knocking it down to make £15 million on an Olympics prompted housing scheme. The 19th century Victorian theatre in Dalston Lane, E8, was later the famous 4 Aces reggae club once gigged by Bob Marley and Bob Dylan and after that was the Labyrinth club. This week a High Court judge found in favour of local campaigners Open in their claim that the council had made an unlawful attempt to demolish without public consultation. For more see http://opendalston.blogspot.com
Talk about kicking people when theyre down. The Iraqi holy
city of Najaf, being in Iraq, has obviously been though hell of
late. It took a severe battering during a three-week assault by
American troops in 2004, and was the scene of two suicide bombings
a couple of years ago which killed dozens of people and injured
many more. Having just managed 12 months of relative calm, its
going to be rewarded with a fate almost as bad. In what is thought
to be the first commission of its kind in post-war Iraq, instead
of promoting local talent and solutions, the Baghdad officials have
appointed a British firm of town planners to remodel the city. Llewelyn
Davies Yeang wont mean alot to you unless you have an MK postcode
Thats right first we bomb the place and then we send in the
firm that gave us Milton Keynes. Talk about rubbing salt into the
wound. Yes, apparently the plan is to surround the unique architecture,
ancient mosques and sacred burial grounds with a vast network of
roundabouts, uniform boulevards and soulless shopping
malls, to confuse the pilgrims who flock to the city and encourage
them to take up skateboarding instead. You cant help thinking
the poor residents could probably do with concrete commitments to
leave them all alone as opposed to concrete cows.
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