534, 4th March, 2006
533, 24th Feb, 2006
532, 17th Feb, 2006
531, 10th Feb, 2006
530, 3rd February, 2006
529, 27th January, 2006
SchNEWS 528, 20th January, 2006 JAILHOUSE SHOCK An article sent to SchNEWS by long term prisoner John Bowden about racist abuse by prison guards. And more...
SchNEWS 527, 13th January, 2006 HACKED OFF Locals in Hackney fight gentrification by squatting a cafe that's being threatened with demolition. Also a look at Tory Bliar's "Respect Agenda" and more.
526, 6th January, 2006
525, 16th Dec, 2005
SchNEWS 524, 9th December, 2005 HONG KONG PHOOEY New WTO trade talks shindig, in Hong Kong this time promises wealth, happiness and great sex for everyone forever. However, judging by previous evidence the rich'll get richer and the poor will stay poor. Also Libraries under threat, Burma's screwed, Yarl's Wood is a disgrace and more.
SchNEWS 523, 2nd December, 2005 AMIR-ACLE Iranian man who has been living in Brighton while seeking asylum has avoided deportation thanks to grassroots support from the community. Also St Agnes Place evicted, housing sold off in Hackney and more.
522, 25th Nov, 2005
521, 18th Nov, 2005
520, 11th Nov, 2005
519, 4th November, 2005
SchNEWS 518, 28th October, 2005 FREEDOM.CON The Freedom to Protest conference in London brought together people from campaigns from all over the country. Meanshile, back on the ranch, anti-arms protesters are up in the High Court, asylum seekers are being deported to countries known for torture. And more...
517, 21st October, 2005
Following up on our story about life for europunk squatters
caught up with corrupt policing on the tough streets of Barcelona
(See SchNEWS 531). Allegations surround
a brick thrown at a policeman from a squatted city centre barrio,
and our correspondent updates us on the case...
Of the nine people arrested on February 4th, six were released
shortly thereafter, all pending trial for minor charges, including
the two people who were arrested in hospital and, on the day in
question, had not been anywhere near Sant Pere Mes Baix where the
alleged assault took place. Their only fault was falling off of
their bicycles, going to hospital for their injuries, and looking
like squatters - and still the State has not dropped the charges.
Three are still in jail, Rodrigo, Alex and Juan. Rodrigo and Alex
are both being charged with attempted manslaughter for supposedly
throwing a rock - which was handily never found, and oddly enough,
there are no rocks or paving stones of any type directly near the
scene of the crime. Juan, who was beaten so badly by
police that he lost consciousness even before the copper was injured,
is facing charges of attempted assault against authority. Rodrigo
and Juan are both under 25 and are being held in a youth prison
just outside Barcelona. Alex is being held in the Modelo, the main
Barcelona adult lock-up.
Although in stable condition now, all three were heavily tortured
during the first 72 hours of their arrests, suffering broken bones,
bruises and concussions from multiple and repeated blows, the denial
of food and water, and constant violence and psychological intimidation.
The State is using the South American nationality of all three as
an excuse to deny bail, which in any normal case would have already
been given. The judge involved is claming that due to their immigrant
status, the three pose a flight risk and so cannot be let out...
ignoring the fact that all three are legal Spanish residents and
have lived here for many years, and so have friends, work, school
and other things to tie them there.
The political side of it is even more nasty. The mayor has changed
his story three times and the council are pushing the new improved
version. It now appears that directly after they were arrested and
taken away, not only did the police not evict the party, they let
it continue, returning 12 hours later to peacefully evict the place
without detaining anyone inside for questioning. Instead they focused
their aggression on people coming and going out of the Forat and
Metges, a very politically active neighbouring squat. As well as
this, two neighbours videotaped police activity directly after the
incident (the ambulance for the policeman is still sitting on the
street during the filming).
The video clearly shows the police have cordoned off the street
and are instructing the Barcelona cleaning crews to clean the street
as usual, handily cleaning away anything that could have later been
used for evidence. As far as witnesses go it is also looking bad,
as any neighbours who actually saw anything (and there are more
than a few who we have talked to) are too scared to testify - no
surprise, given the heavy police state that has settled over the
barrio since the incident took place. Many political squats in the
centre suffered harsh harassment and brutality for the first two
weeks after the incident, and although things
Weve organised an international day of action for the 31st
of March, asking anyone and everyone who can to organise something
outside their local Spanish embassy or consulate on that day - and
we still need people who can run info nights or parties or benefits
both inside and outside of Spain to raise money for the case.
* For further info and to help with fundraising, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
* To donate use this bank account: La Caixa, Account number: 2100-3002-01-2105267123, IBAN: ES66, BIC/SWIFT: CaixesBBXXX
Guess what? The US government is just as subservient to big business
at home as it is abroad. This week Congress is busy trying to push
through the H.R. 4167 bill that would remove peoples rights
to know what is in their food. The House of Representatives votes
this Friday on a controversial national food uniformity
labelling law, which will take away local government and states
power to require food-safety labels on foods or beverages that are
likely to cause cancer, birth defects, allergic reactions, or mercury
poisoning. This bill will also prevent citizens in local municipalities
and states from passing laws requiring that genetically engineered
foods and ingredients such as Monsantos recombinant Bovine
Growth Hormone be labelled. (For more on rBGH, a good place to start
Naturally its agribusinesss big bucks that are pushing the legislation and bollocks to the side effects.
A campaign has been launched to save historic parts of central Edinburgh. Property developers Mountgrange Property plan to demolish sound social housing and listed buildings in a World Heritage Site in order to build (no, not luxury flats but) more hotels. SOOT (Save our old town) are leading the resistance and have submitted their own visionary alternative development plan. For more visit SOOT on the web at www.eh8.org.uk
The governments sell-out health reforms were challenged this
week as a judge suspended the signing of a contract that would hand
over a GP surgery to a multinational corporation.
The judgement of March 6th means that United Health Europe, the
British arm of Americas biggest healthcare corporation, will
now have to face a legal challenge before taking over a practice
in Derbyshire. The governments recent health white paper set
out plans to open up primary care to the market by encouraging private
companies to run GP surgeries and allowing them control of commissioning
budgets for patient care.
But in one of the first cases where the policy has been tried it
has met strong opposition. Pam Smith, a local councillor, started
legal proceedings when she learned that North East Derbyshire Primary
Care Trust (PCT) had selected United Health as its preferred
bidder to run the Creswell Primary Care Centre, despite the
company having no experience of providing GP services to the NHS
and no doctors and nurses in place. (Why should that hold them back?!)
Ms Smith is seeking a judicial review on the grounds that the PCT failed to consult the public on what is a significant change to the way health services are provided. The decision means the contract cannot proceed until a judge rules on the case. See www.keepournhspublic.com for more.
150 activists demonstrated outside the Kiria army base in Tel Aviv
last Saturday (25th) in response to the violence of the Israeli
Defense Force and the police in anti-apartheid wall demonstrations.
Protests have been sparked by the shooting of 17-year-old Anarchists
Against The Wall member and army refusenik, Matan Cohen. Matan was
shot in the face with a rubber bullet at an anti-wall demo the previous
day and may lose the use of his eye. Four protesters were arrested
and beaten by the police. AATW is now demanding an immediate investigation
into the use of unnecessary force by the security forces on
activists. In 2003, AATW activist Gil Naamati was shot
in the leg by security forces while protesting against the wall
in the village of Masha. Naamati and an American protester
were shot and wounded while trying to cut though a section of the
apartheid fence. After a lengthy investigation, none of the soldiers
or commanders involved in the shooting were prosecuted.
* See also www.squat.net/antiwall
Two more American environmentalists have recently been arrested
and charged with involvement in an Earth Liberation Front (ELF)
arson attack on Jefferson Poplar Tree Farm, in May 2001.
The latest detainees are Nathan Block and Joyanna Zacher.
Like the four others who have been charged, Nathan and Joyanna are
facing fifteen separate charges: Thirteen charges of arson (one
charge for each vehicle and building damaged by fire), one charge
of attempted arson (against the offices of Jefferson Poplar Tree
Farm) and one Use of a Destructive Device. Whilst the
first 14 charges each carry a sentencing range of 5-20 years, the
last one carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years which
can not be served concurrently with any other sentence. This means
all the defendants are staring down the barrel of very big gun.
Please send urgent letters of support to: Nathan Fraser Block #36359-086,
FDC SeaTac, P.O. Box 13900, Seattle WA 98198, USA and Joyanna Zacher
#703794, Multnomah County Inverness Jail, 11540 NE Inverness Dr.,
Portland OR 97220, USA
For all the latest on this case (and others) and for links to the individual defendants support campaigns, check out North American Earth Liberation Prisoners Support Network site at www.ecoprisoners.org
A US jury declared six SHAC animal rights activists guilty this week of using their website to incite attacks on the operations of animal testing company Huntingdon Life Sciences (See SchNEWS 456). They now face jail time of up to 23 years and hefty fines. Five of the six are now being held without bail until sentencing. Outside court, new SHAC USA president Pam Ferdin said the verdict was an attack on free speech and that, Anyone who writes anything in an email or on a website is being treated like were in a fascist state. Welcome to the 21st century, Pam. More about the case at www.shac7.com
Over 100 students occupied Sussex University Library overnight on Wednesday in protest against the continued corporatisation and degradation of the Universitys standards. Clown workshops, film showings, hide and seek, a naked space and even reading took place. One long haired deviant told SchNEWS, As students we are turning our words into action; as students we demand the university to do the same. Education the world over is under attack through privatisation and corporatisation: prioritising profit over the right to free education. From Bogota to Paris, from Acacpulco to Aylesbury our struggle at Sussex University is global.
When Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva a one time shoeshine boy
was voted as president of Brazil in 2002, for many it was
a moment where the tide turned for social justice in Latin America
and against neo-liberalism. But like most realists, and anarchists
who believe that it is power which corrupts even the most well-intentioned
politician, here at SchNEWS towers we didnt hold our breath
waiting for Lula do all the things he said he would when he got
And guess what, he didnt: Brazilian indigenous organisations
claim that since Lula has been president, violence against Indians
has increased, health has deteriorated and child deaths from starvation
have hit record levels.
And now this week, as Lula swans into London to be courted by Buckingham
Palace and do deals with business leaders eager to dip their snouts
into Brazils overflowing trough, another Amazon tribe is losing
its land to plantations of soya beans fed to cows here for
yer beefburgers. Around 75% of soya beans consumed in the UK come
The Enawene Nawe peoples land in Mato Grosso state is being
cleared as state governor and soya baron Blairo Maggi one
of the worlds largest soya producers moves in with
more plantations as well as hydroelectric dams and other agro-business
infrastructure. Blairo is lobbying the Brazilian govt to not recognise
indigenous rights to the land.
For more see www.survival-international.org/news.php?id=1444
Just when you thought it was safe to back into the water: the backroom boys at the Pentagon are extending the plan for global US hegemony right down to the seabed- with remote controlled sharks. What could be more sinister than a CIA hitman with a dorsal fin? Boffins working on the Black-ops cyber sharks hope to manipulate them with brain implants turning them into remotely controlled spies .or killers. Unfortunately its not satire this week - Project Robo-Jaws is currently being funded by the US Defence Department.
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