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Monthly Archives: August, 2009

A Tour of Riot City

As part of the new glasnost of the Metropolitan Police Service, Freedom was recently invited to visit the Public Order Training Centre in Gravesend. Okay, not Freedom as such, but Police Consultative whatisname … anyhow, they let us in. Our little party was taken round by a Public Order Instructor – let’s call him Dougal […]

Changing Our Perspectives To Climate Change

A look at the current issues surrounding climate change with three groups offering different insights on the subject. Camp for Climate Action explain what the climate camp initiative is and what it seeks to achieve, Workers Climate Action on the relationship between workers and climate change, and Anarchist Federation who present an overview of the […]

Zanon Workers Win Control of Their Factory

After eight years of battling in the streets and in the courts, the workers’ co-operative which occupied Argentina’s failed Zanon PF factory have won legal control over the premises. The Fasinpat collective, which employs 470 workers and exports ceramics to 25 countries, will keep the facility while the government pays off around $7 million in […]

Firefighters Told To Save Wealthy First

Blaze in Greece exposes two-tier response to disaster Greek anarchists have accused police of forcing firefighting teams to concentrate on saving the villas of the wealthy around the outskirts of Athens at the expense of working class zones and huge swathes of forest. Activist volunteers working to help fire­fighters said that not only was aid […]

Indonesians Demand to Go Home

Even as the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia promised to enforce the legal rights of Indonesian workers in Saudi Arabia earlier this month, Indonesian workers were being detained for protesting to demand their right to return home. Up to a thousand Indonesian overstayers – many of whom had had their documentation confiscated by traffickers as they […]

Policing Guide For Campers

Here’s our best info at present on the cops’ plan for climate camp. As always things can change and we may have errors in our admittedly scant intelligence operation. Firstly, the camp is on the same bank holiday weekend as the Notting Hill Carnival. This will be a bigger operation with 11,500 shifts planned and […]

Strange Adventures in Copland

Climate camp police liaison talk about their role and trip to Gravesend This week, the Camp for Climate Action Police Liaison Team spoke at a ‘briefing afternoon’, at the Metropolitan Police’s Training Centre in Gravesend. Why did they do this, and what on earth could they possibly say to the police? Simon Stanley was at […]

Green Energy Benefits Workers

New research shows that renewable energy is safer for workers Workers employed in renewable energy producing industries are less at risk from workplace injuries than those in traditional fossil fuel industries new research reveals. Dr Steven Sumner of Duke University Medical Center, and Dr Peter Layde, Depart­ment of Population Health, Medical College of Wisconsin, have […]

Obituary: Peter Kelly

Liverpool SF are sad to report the death in May of Peter Kelly. Pete had been a member of both the DAM and SF, and was heavily involved in Anti-Fascist Action in the late 1980s and early ’90s. He was arrested several times for his beliefs, most notably for his part in an AFA action […]

National ID Scheme In The Lurch

New Labour’s proposed national identity scheme is losing momentum as the start of the voluntary ID card trial has been postponed fuelling speculation that the government’s plans are in disarray. Home Secretary Alan Johnson was to promote the pilot scheme in Manchester, but instead had to settle for showing off the final design for the […]