Fight against toxic prisons tour starts this week

Following a highly successful callout last month, the Empty Cages Collective has announced the details of a ten-day run around Britain for its Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (CFTP) tour, talking about the fight against the social and ecological impact of the United States prison-industrial complex. The topic is of particular interest in Britain, which as in many other arenas has been undergoing a long-running transformation to… Continue reading

Catalonia: On referendums and government spending

Writing for Spanish anarchist website A Las Barricadas, Acratosaurio rex explores the bizarre spectacle of Spain’s central government spending tens of millions of Euros on preparations for an extreme police crackdown against Catalonia, partly on the grounds of saving money that would otherwise be “wastefully” spent on an independence referendum by the regional administration.

All this craziness over Catalonia proves again and again that they swear one thing… Continue reading

The social centres roundup

For all its small size and general impoverishment the libertarian socialist movement actually runs a surprisingly large amount of real estate around Britain, all on non-hierarchical lines, by and for the people of the cities and towns we’re in. Housing co-ops, bookshops, bike collectives, archives, distros, printers and the like are all part of the collective mix. Below, Freedom News briefly rounds up some goings-on at 15 radical social centres… Continue reading

Survivors of spycop abuse hit out at official inquiry as two years pass with little progress

Yesterday, 13 women who were deceived into intimate sexual relationships with undercover policemen over a period spanning nearly 30 years wrote to the Home Secretary to raise concerns about the progress and recent direction of the Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing. The women noted that, two years into the Inquiry, the names of the 1,000-plus groups spied on by political policing units have still not been… Continue reading

CNT warns of riot cops shipped into Barcelona docks

In the febrile atmosphere of Catalonia’s attempted independence referendum and repression from Madrid, activists with the anarchist CNT union report that national police have been shipped in from all over Spain and are holed up at Barcelona’s port, seemingly in preparation to crush any significant upheavals.

Dock workers with Portuaris CNT have been tracking police movements in the Prince of Spain and Lepanto docks where three large ferries have… Continue reading

The free speech article Spiked Online didn’t carry today

Theresa May announced yesterday that web firms could get just two hours to take down “terrorist content” or face fines — our esteemed editor of poorly-conceived ranting Brandon the Gnoll has the latest hot take.

Everyone’s smashing the internet. From tabloid hotheads sledgehammering ISPs and search engines to plummy MPs at Westminster demanding the removal of end-to-end encryption, waging war on “internet extremism” is all the rage.

A Year… Continue reading

Argentina: Family of disappeared anarchist furious as police raid Mapuche

The brother of Santiago Maldonado publicly denounced the federal government yesterday after more than 300 troops from the Special Group of Federal Operations (GEOF) were sent into the countryside around Cushamen to “look for him” — 47 days after the solidarity activist went missing during a police raid.

The heavily-armed GEOF, which specialises in counter-terror and anti-narco enforcement, entered the region at 5am with helicopters, drones and… Continue reading

Solidarity doubles fundraising target for burned Bristol Tent City

Following a successful weekend for the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair and Radical History Festival more good news has come through from the south-west — solidarity donations to help homeless people whose tent city was burned down on September 9th have more than doubled the campaign target in less than a week.

The £1,000 cash drive by Bristol Homeless Action Movement, which aims to help replace the possessions of seven homeless… Continue reading

Turkey: Anarchist magazine distributors jailed for six months

Repression against the team at Meydan anarchist magazine in Turkey took another twist on Thursday after three members of the distribution team were jailed for six months each.

The three volunteers, Nergis Şen, Rıfat Güven and Zeynel Çuhadar were taken into custody (picture above) after the publication of Meydan Gazette issue 33, which called for an anarchist celebration of May 1st, on the grounds of a State prohibition on… Continue reading

Bristol: Radicals in print and film

An entire weekend of radical politics is taking place in Bristol this weekend — and with a film festival to follow in October the south-western city is setting a high bar for radical culture this year.

The Bristol Anarchist Bookfair starts at 11am tomorrow and with over 20 stalls and workshops, will cover issues from legal rights at demos, how to take direct action and staying stable amid the stress… Continue reading