France: National rally called to back workers who have occupied and booby-trapped factory

CGT union delegates have called for a national rally in support of workers at GM&S who have occupied their workplace and threatened to blow it up rather than let the site be shut down.

The workers, who occupied the car component factory in the Creuse region, north of Limoges on Thursday night, have already destroyed some equipment and used gas and petrol canisters to booby-trap the building, which they say… Continue reading

Venezuela: A call to anarchists worldwide – solidarity is much more than a written word

In this special callout the Editorial Collective of Venezuelan newspaper El Libertario call on anarchists to reject uncritical support for the Maduro regime, as it offers little more to the poor than the capitalists it rails against.

We address all the expressions of the libertarian movement, particularly those of the Americas, not only to draw their attention to the situation we have been living through in Venezuela… Continue reading

France and the Deliveroo ridearound

In France the wildcat strike is certainly the most popular method of protest against Deliveroo, although it is not always the most effective. Riders typically make lists of varying demands, and the company normally reacts by addressing only one or two of the several problems listed — and this is exactly what they have done in Marseille.

In April there was a reduction in the minimum guarantees which was… Continue reading

When your neighbour is your jailer

In 2012 Theresa May announced the creation of the “hostile environment” for “illegal migrants.” This new policy framework has extended the powers of the Home Office to everyday life. Whilst immigration power has traditionally always been exercised at external borders, the multiplication of internal checkpoints has reached hospitals, jobs, homes, banks and any other service, public or otherwise, in which the State wants to extend its tentacles. By passing a… Continue reading

Video collection: Jeremy Hunt running away

On May 3rd a video by Sandra Ash of Keep Our St Helier Hospital (Koshh) made it into the papers as she tried to ask Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt about his role in “demolishing” NHS funding and softening the service up for a wave of privatisation.

But this is far from the first time we’ve been treated to those slightly hunched shoulders retreating into… Continue reading

Dirty energy resistance roundup: Court cases, blockades and police aggression

Court cases have opened today at Merthyr Tydfil court as prosecutions are brought against five Reclaim the Power and Earth First! activists for their action against Miller Argent’s Ffos-y-fran opencast coal mine last month [Update: They were ordered to pay £10,000 compensation].

The five “canaries” in the coal mine shut the site after chaining themselves to two excavators and blocking the freight road in in an effort to… Continue reading

Why I’m not voting – I represent myself

Jon Bigger reflects on his experiences, as a voter, non-voter and even Class War candidate, with general elections

Two years ago today (May 7th) I turned up at a polling station in Croydon and put a cross next to my name. This time round I’m not even on the electoral register. I’ve had an odd relationship with the ballot box and at a time where I see anarchists discussing voting… Continue reading

Italy: Six arrests in latest raid on Asilo anarchist squat

Heavily armed officers from the General Investigations and Special Operations Division of Italy (Digos) broke down the front door and invaded the Asilo Occupato (occupied asylum) building in Turin on Wednesday, arresting six activists.

Occupants of the anarchist-run space, located on Via Allesandria, in the neighbourhood of Aurora, resisted for several hours on the roof of the property before the raid. Carabinieri (Italian militarised police)… Continue reading

Corporate Watch: Tough on bosses, tough on the causes of bosses

Corporate Watch looks back at some of its history in this interview with Freedom Press 

How did CW originally get together?

Corporate Watch grew out of the anti-roads direct action movement of the 1990s – the same handful of companies kept turning up, and everyone needed information about who these companies were, how they operated and where their weak points were. A group of people started finding this information… Continue reading

Spycops inquiry delayed until late 2019

In a double-whammy ruling Sir Christopher Pitchford has said his inquiry into misconduct by police undercovers will hear no formal evidence before the second half of 2019 — but exonerated the Met of using delaying tactics.

The news has astonished participants in the Inquiry, which was opened in 2014 with a projected four-year timeframe but has already dragged on for nearly three years with the Met failing… Continue reading