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Liverpool anarchists launch hospitality sector campaign

Anarcho-syndicalists in Liverpool linked to Liverpool Solfed have recently opened a new campaign to fight bad working conditions in the city’s hospitality sector, following on from similar successful efforts in Brighton. The group said in a launch statement:

The hospitality industry, which includes workplaces like pubs, restaurants, hotels, canteens, etc. has an important presence in the city and is well known for abuses and exploitation. Our aim is to get… Continue reading

New spycop inquiry chair set to cover up names, warns watchdog

Researchers for the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance (COPS) warned today that, following the first major release of papers by controversial new spycop inquiry chief Sir John Mitting, it looks like the Met may be successful in hiding the names of officers linked to their disgraced undercover operations team.

COPS has finished analysing a large release of papers by the Undercover Policing Inquiry following the recent release of three… Continue reading

Violence continues as major rig structures arrive at Lancashire frack site

Police have admitted using force 165 times in just 19 days of the Rolling Resistance against frack mining at Preston New Road, Lanchashire, underlining what protectors have been saying for weeks about officers acting as enforcers for drill firm Cuadrilla rather than keeping any peace.

The report comes just days after the latest incident at the site, which won national attention last month as near-daily lock-ons forced financially-troubled Cuadrilla to… Continue reading

Peterborough Mayor bans public from meetings over spycop councillor protests

Having suspended a chaotic council meeting last week amid noisy protests demanding the resignation of former spycop (and current councillor) Andy Coles, Peterborough Mayor John Fox closed today’s planned meeting to the public entirely today fearing “equally disruptive” actions.

Mayor Fox, who was himself a former police officer with the Cambridge force for 23 years and only retired as a community police officer last year, serves with Mr Coles as… Continue reading

Critical Mass sets off for Rolling Resistance

At the time of writing a large intrepid band of Critical Mass cyclists are partway through their day-long journey to lend support to anti-fracking protectors on Preston New Road, Lancashire.

Beginning in central Manchester, the crew’s 45-mile journey to join Reclaim the Power‘s month-long Rolling Resistance campaign against Cuadrilla is winding its way through local sites of fossil fuel resistance including Barton Moss Community Protection Camp and Bolton… Continue reading

Case study: Grassroots pressure over substandard housing in Brighton

The following article from Brighton SolFed looks at how even seemingly small amounts of pressure on council figures can shine enough light to panic them, and potentially force concessions.

On Monday June 25th Brighton SolFed delivered leaflets to a number of high rise blocks in the city, offering our solidarity and support to any tenants who might be organising to ensure their safety as a result of the fire at… Continue reading

Protests shut down road to nuclear weapons site

Five campaigners from the Trident Ploughshares international nuclear disarmament camp were arrested this morning after they blocked the road leading to the Coulport nuclear weapons depot starting at 7am.

The group of mostly veteran peace activists from Spain and the UK locked onto each other using concrete and metal tubes, which MoD police took nearly three hours to cut free.

The crew included retired teacher Brian Quail, 79, Welsh peace… Continue reading

Eviction raises questions over Manchester Mayor’s homelessness campaign

New Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham’s pledge to help street homeless people as a major plank of his candidacy seems to have gone off the rails after his office failed to actively respond to protests over the eviction of a self-organised occupied space in the centre of the city.

Around 40 people squatting at the Hotspur Press building off Whitworth Street were violently evicted and made homeless earlier this… Continue reading

Second day of violence as Cuadrilla lashes out at anti-fracking protectors

As a blockade against fracking in Lancashire continues to block roads and hinder operations the gloves seem to have come off from gas mining firm Cuadrilla, with its security team being accused of attacking protectors for the second day running.

Early reports from today’s anti-fracking protests at Preston New Road, Lancashire, suggesting that private security guards are injuring people who try to block the Cuadrilla… Continue reading

Gallery: Luxury autonomous Tory bashing

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Yesterday saw a large protest organised by the Labour-supporting People’s Assembly to “get the Tories out.” While the anarchist movement doesn’t tend to focus on party-based politics, autonomist-inspired Plan C called an Autonomous bloc for the day which saw libertarian-linked groups including Class War and Lover Activists get involved.

In a report back from the bloc, Plan C said today:

Our Autonomous Bloc took to the streets today as part… Continue reading