Solidarity

Silhan Ozcelik’s imprisonment is another vicious example of today’s counter-insurgency

Silhan Ozcelik, an eighteen-year-old Kurdish woman from London, was sentenced to 21 months at the Old Bailey two days ago. Silhan’s conviction is the first in the UK against someone for attempting to fight alongside Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The verdict comes within the wave of patriotism engulfing Europe after the Paris attacks on 13th November. State criminalisation and street violence against Asian people and migrants has disturbingly and unsurprisingly… Continue reading

Charitable Disempowerment: The Sock Exchange

The sock exchange

A homeless man is crying during a television interview. The man is Wes Hall, former spokesman of the Sock Exchange, “a hub for Manchester’s homeless”squatted by Hall and others a few days previously. Footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs allowed the group to stay in the building until February.

To a grinning liberal Left, the footballers confirmed their images as working-class lads done good who would never… Continue reading

Queer arrest, detainment, solidarity and struggle

This was originally posted on the Warwick for Free Education blog who are currently occupy their university for free education and in protest at the brutal treatment they faced at the hands of the police and university staff last week.

 

It’s been an eventful three weeks. On November 19th I was at the Free Education demonstration in London, organised by NCAFC and I got violently arrested for ‘affray’. On November 26th I helped to orchestrate a successful occupation of the Aston Webb building on University of Birmingham campus, which was evicted by over forty police officers and I was chased down and detained by police officers who stopped and searched me, eventually releasing me after taking down my details. On December 3rd I went to help my comrades in Warwick peacefully occupy the Senate House and have a discussion about free education; police burst in and violently attacked, tackled, pepper sprayed and threatened us with tasers, three of my close friends were arrested. Continue reading

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