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Spycops victims rally at Home Office to demand end to coverups

Campaigners for the truth over what happened and who infiltrated swathes of perfectly legal organisations from the disgraced Special Demonstration Squad and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit said they’d had enough yesterday as the Undercover Policing Inquiry continues to stall. Speaking at the demo today, a rep for the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance (COPS) said:

We’re here today to demand our files for 40 years of… Continue reading

Brutality of France’s police has precedent

This article was originally written for Harz Labour, a journal published by comrades involved in autonomous struggles in the West of France. It was published amid some of the largest anti-police protests of recent times against police impunity following the rape by baton of Théo, a 22-year-old social worker in the early part of the year. It was a moment of convergence between radical left groups and collectives of… Continue reading

No TAV: A war for the Susa Valley’s soul

This month the campaign against high-speed railway line TAV kicked into life once again as construction work began on a project which has been been fought against for decades across Italy, France and Switzerland.

Italy’s government wants, whatever the cost, to impose the Turin-Lyon line line which critics say is useless, expensive, harmful to health and the territory. At stake is much more than a train. At stake… 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

Russia: After weeks of no hot water, Klin residents block highway – and win within hours

Around 150 residents of Klin, around 56 miles north-west of Moscow, blocked the federal Leningrad highway on Monday afternoon because they are tired of going dirty and living with no hot water, which had been out of service for nearly three weeks.

Initially townspeople blocked the road running from Moscow to St Petersburg for about an hour, chanting “we want to wash” before being pushed off the road by… Continue reading

Judges leave DSEI defendants hanging over 2015 arms fair protest

After more than a year of putting eight anti-arms activists through stop-start legal shenanigans over whether they broke the law at a DSEI arms fair protest, judges at the High Court have reserved their decision, meaning another agonising wait.

The eight, who participated in a sit-down protest at the arms fair in September 2015, had initially been acquitted in April 2016 of charges that they had… 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 shut down Britain’s biggest opencast coal mine

Reclaim The Power and Earth First! activist Andrea Brock explains why, on the first day since the industrial revolution in which none of Britain’s energy was generated from coal, she was part of shutting down Ffos-y-fran, the UK’s biggest opencast coal mine.

I decided that we have to take action because governments are not responding to the impact of climate change and air pollution. We need to… Continue reading

France: March against police killings unites the left

Over a hundred organisations from around the world, including a number of anarchist groups and British organisations, are backing the callout for a massive march in Paris to take place on March 19th against police brutality. Led by the families of people who have died at the hands of police and following on from weeks of protests and clashes in the streets, organisers say that, as the law is… Continue reading

Crimethinc: A History of Anarchist Counter-Inaugural Protest

Thousands of protesters will stream into the streets of Washington, DC on January 20 to oppose the incoming presidency of Donald Trump. As they march, chant, unfurl their banners, and attempt to disrupt the inauguration, they step into a decades-long history of protests against the presidential spectacle.

 

 

What follows is a history of anarchist counter-inaugural activity from its first stirrings in 1969 to the high point of the… Continue reading