The “Ziegler” case: What does it mean for direct action?

September 7th: As the Stop The Arms Fair week of action gets into full swing, Carl Spender and Kat Hobbs take a look the story of a 4 year legal battle over a classic activist charge: wilful obstruction of the public highway.

Don’t want to get arrested before a demo? Then don’t publicise a plan to break the law!

June 27th: The raid on Animal/Extinction Rebellion’s warehouse shows why you shouldn’t publicly broadcast plans to break the law.

On pleading guilty

May 29th: You Miserable Pleader!

Rioting and Violent Disordering

May 14th: Triple helpings of jail all-around planned for Bristol protestors.

No Fixed Abode Travellers Collective Resisting Anti-Trespass

April 13th: Statement from nfATs ...

Statement about the eight arrested anarchists in Barcelona

March 17th: On February 27th, 2021, 8 anarchist comrades* from Italy, France and Spain were arrested during the riots in Barcelona stemming from the protests that have been taking place since the arrest of Pablo Hasél on February 16th.

A brick wall in Bristol. On the wall is some graffiti rendered in black spray paint: "In the US, in the UK, the police are racist everywhere: George Floyd RIP. Mark Duggan. Trevor Smith. Mike Brown"

Justice nowhere: Introducing Bristol Copwatch

March 1st: Freedom’s resident cop-botherer, Carl Spender, sits down with John and Kat from Bristol Copwatch to discuss the group’s first year of existence and the painstaking work of building a grassroots police monitoring project.

Stansted 15: A great result, not a great judgement

February 2nd: Carl Spender examines the details of the Stansted 15 judgement and – with his usual dourness – finds a lot to be disappointed about.

Legal News Digest: Nov-Dec 2020

December 10th: From the legislative war on sex workers to new rules governing criminal record disclosure, Carl Spender is here with a round-up of the last month’s legal news.

Government plans major crackdown on the right to protest

November 29th: The Conservative government is planning to introduce major changes to public order legislation to crack down on protests, under a new “Protection of the Police and Public Bill” planned for 2021.