SchNEWS 724, 28th May 2010
Flight Brigade - Migrant rights activists across the UK are readying themselves for next week’s European Week of Action Against the Deportation Machine. Campaigners are calling out for a week of protest and direct action targeting the government agencies and private companies responsible for shipping migrants out of Blighty and back to the desperate situations they risked their lives to flee, often subjecting them to violent abuse on their way

SchNEWS 723, 21st May 2010
All That Romains... - Welcome to the age of austerity. Romania has erupted in protests as harsh measures continue to grow and waves of discontent flood Europe. Romania’s capital, Bucharest, stood still for a day on Wednesday (19th) as ferocious cuts cripple the Romanian populace. The city was brought to a halt as an estimated 50,000 protesters marched through the streets in the largest of the demonstrations seen since the cuts were announced.

SchNEWS 722, 14th May 2010
Squaring Up To 'Em - Only four days into the brave new Libservative era and the population is getting into the national coalition-building mood - a rag-tag rainbow alliance of the disaffected is set to pitch up in Parliament Square this Saturday (15th). But will it be a strong, stable protest in the national interests?

SchNEWS 721, 7th May 2010
A Smashing Defence - In the early hours of 17th January 2009 six people broke in to the EDO/ITT weapons’ components factory in Moulsecoomb, Brighton, and caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage to the production line. On May 17th nine people will stand trial accused of ‘conspiracy to commit criminal damage’. Three were arrested outside the factory. The trial is expected to last for ten weeks at Hove Crown Court. The decommissioners will be running the defence that their actions were legally justified as they were “acting to prevent a greater crime”. 

SchNEWS 720, 30th April 2010
Crash of the Titans - Greece is further troubled as government officials get ready to announce IMF imposed wage cuts that will resonate across the country’s entire public sector. Emergency demonstrations were held across the country (Thursday 29th April) in protest against the cuts by grass-roots trade unions, leftist and anarchist organisations.

SchNEWS 719, 23rd April 2010
Giving the Green Finger - Bristol eco-village set up camp this week with huge support from local people and activists from all around the country. The off-grid, urban community kicked off last Saturday (17th) on a patch of waste land in St Werburghs - previously notorious for fly tipping, arson attacks and hard drug users.

SchNEWS 718, 16th April 2010
Tar-Mageddon - After two weeks of direct action, the “BP Fortnight of Shame” concluded yesterday (15th) with protests outside the oil giant’s AGM and a rooftop occupation in Brighton. Throughout the country, activists targeted BP over its plans to extract oil from the Alberta tar sands in Canada (see SchNEWS 716) in protests which peaked last Saturday (10th) when hundreds of climate activists in London, Brighton, Oxford and Cambridge descended on BP garages for the “Party at the Pumps” .

SchNEWS 717, 9th April 2010
Counter Strike - Roll up, roll up, one and all for the ‘Counter Terror’ Expo 2010. Kicking off at London’s Kensington Olympia on April 14th, the two day event will showcase the surveillance and ‘security’ technologies of 250 companies hoping for a slice of the paranoia dollar. Also on the Big Brother bandwagon are NATO, the MoD and other representative associations from the police, military and private security industry.

SchNEWS 716, 2nd April 2010
Eire We Go Again - The Irish state’s determined persecution of protesters against Shell’s experimental pipeline started to unravel last week as 25 of the 27 standing trial had their cases withdrawn or dismissed. They did however manage to stitch up campaigner Niall Harnett, who received three five-month sentences after being roughed up by Gardai in a court building. 

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Story Links : Israel Attacks Freedom Flotilla | Calais: Out Of Africa | Deportation Action Week Update | On A Decom-mission | Titnore: Birthday Bashed | Bright-on-ing Up The City


The shocking news of the assault by Israeli Navy commandos on the Gaza flotilla has swept across the world, bringing the violent and complex conflict that is Israel and Palestine to the forefront of the global media. The flotilla was in international waters approaching the Gaza Strip, which has been blockaded by Israel for the last three years. The six ships of the freedom flotilla were carrying aid supplies and a multinational collective of people who oppose the conflict centred around Gaza. Reports state there are at least nine dead and many more wounded following the unprovoked attack. Of the 800 people on board the flotilla, those that are not still hospitalised have been deported.

A number of demonstrations were held across the UK on Monday (31st) as thousands voiced their anger at the appalling wreckage that have left most confounded. In London 2,000 people marched on the Israeli embassy. Brighton saw about 150 people march purposefully through the city centre after gathering to hear speakers at the war memorial. More protests and actions will follow in the coming week.

Although, Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, has admitted that in planning their assault the Marmara, the Israeli government had concluded that the ship was "too large to stop with non-violent means", Israel has claimed that the event was a defensive reaction after the Israeli troops were attacked or as Haaretz (Israel's oldest daily newsletter) put it "Gaza flotilla activists tried to lynch us". Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu expressed regret, well if that doesn't cover all bases maybe a bunch of flowers will make up for the whole thing.

There will be an emergency national demonstration in London on Saturday 5th June, meeting at 1.30pm at Downing Street and marching to the Israeli embassy.


Keywords: freedom flotilla, gaza, israel, palestine
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 The Africa House squat in Calais is to be evicted next Wednesday (9th). After a herd of 20 CRS vans circled the squat scoping the site on Wednesday morning (2nd), they deposited an eviction notice with those present, informing the migrants they had a week to hit the streets. The building - home to Eritrean, Sudanese and Ethiopian migrants, many of whom had already seen previous squats and camps destroyed - has been marked for demolition.

Activists in Calais have reported the inhabitants of Africa House seem to want to defend the space. They are calling out for people to get down there to support the migrants and help them in the aftermath of any eviction.

Police presence in the area has been building since last week and activists have been on high alert. The pressure on the migrants has been relentless. Last week seven Sudanese migrants from the squat were chased down the nearby railway tracks and arrested. The same day police raided a Palestinian camp, arresting a number of migrants and spraying unknown chemicals on people's belongings and in their drinking water.

Last week also saw the trial of seven Sudanese migrants accused of the crime of preventing their deportation by refusing to identify themselves. The court provided the seven with English and Arabic translators so they could identify themselves and co-operate with justice. One spoke a little Arabic, none spoke English. Prosecutors accused the migrants, identified as C2,C4,C8,A1 and X1, of staying silent as a strategy taught to them by people smugglers. They were handed down three month suspended prison sentences and three-year bans from the territory and given ten days to leave the country.


Brighton Calais Migrant Solidarity are staging a demo to show support for the migrants on Saturday 19th. Things get underway at 12pm at Churchill Square, Brighton.



Keywords: calais, immigration
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 The Week of Action Against the Deportation Machine kicked off on Monday (1st) with two protests outside London immigration reporting centres.

No Borders London, Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees and Stop Deportation, first hit Communications House on Old Street before moving on to Becket House at London Bridge.

The reporting centres are where most asylum seekers are forced to check in on a regular basis, sometimes daily. Many have disappeared from these centres without warning. The centres are equipped with short-term holding facilities, where people are detained in shocking conditions before being removed to detention centres.

Yesterday, the National Coalition of Stop Deportation Campaigns (NCADC) launched an online campaign taking aim at booking agents Carlson Wagonlit and British Airways, both leading profiteers in the deportation machine. NCADC have called out for people to bombard the companies with emails and phone calls denouncing them for their complicity in suffering and abuse. See for details on where to direct your complaints.

Brighton migrant rights activists were celebrating on Wednesday after chronic migrant abusers G4S backed out of a Brighton job fair following protests from migrant rights groups and Green MP Caroline Lucas.

The week will climax with a mass demo in Parliament Square, 2pm, on Saturday.




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The trial of the "EDO Decommissioners" (see SchNEWS 721) begins on Monday (7th). On Saturday there will be a Support the Decommissioners Public Meeting at Community Base, Queens Road, Brighton. To mark the start of the trial there will be a vigil outside the court (check web-site for times on the day). This will be followed on Wednesday with an 'If I Had a Hammer' solidarity demo outside EDO/ITT, Home Farm Road, Brighton, 4-6pm.

Smash EDO are calling out for supporters to stage their own solidarity demos outside suitable targets such as Barclays Bank - ITT's market maker (see SchNEWS 701).

There will also be demo on the day of the verdict at undisclosed location. Email or text the campaign phone for updates. See website for details.

Decommissioner Elijah Smith remains on remand and will stay there throughout the trial. Messages of support can be sent to Elijah Smith, A3186AM, HMP Lewes, 1 Brighton Road, Lewes, Sussex, BN7 1EA.



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Despite being gatecrashed by Adur and Worthing's finest, Titnore's (See SchNEWS 714) 4th birthday party went off with an unamplified bang last weekend.

Sergeant Phillips and his heavies turned up in the morning of the occupation's anniversary to inform the protesters that the residents and their police would not tolerate amplified music. To appease the beast they were given a sneak peek of the amps that the camp had scraped together for a few local bands to put on a show, and were told that the inspector was going to make a decision on whether they could go ahead.

Meanwhile, a small blue army was gathering at the nearby Tesco which then spread out to surround the site. The protesters, concerned for their equipment, contacted the police to tell them it was being taken off site. Unfortunately, our boys in blue wouldn't believe it and insisted on the car full of kit being brought round the local nick to prove it. The inspector then asked to be trusted to 'look after' the kit until after the party. He was informed in no uncertain terms at which location he could disembark and was saluted as they left.

Their next imposition was to insist on a guided tour of the woods (with a hat camera installed) to make sure the sound equipment hadn't returned. Their curiosity satisfied, the troops were called off and the party commenced with acoustic accompaniments and (vegan) jelly and ice cream for all.

Keywords: titnore
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Following the huge success of last year's TAA squat (SchNEWS 626), artists from the area gathered once again to splash a bit of colour around Brighton's abandoned buildings.

After a successful swoop on Wednesday 26th, a place right on the seafront was occupied with huge windows to show off the works of art being created inside. Several big pieces decorated the walls by Friday afternoon. People were preparing for the opening party when, without warning, the local bobbies stormed in.

Despite the fact negotiations had taken place between the police and event organisers and there wasn't really a legal leg for the coppers to stand on, officers promptly cleared the building of all occupants, taking personal details from everyone and making one arrest for suspected electricity theft. The building was then sealed and the autonomous art project came to an abrupt end.


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More TAAs are planned in other cities however, so get yourself along to the corner of Smeed Road and Monier Road, Hackney Wick in London from now until the 5th June, or check * for more info on events in your area.


Keywords: brighton
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REPORTS FROM THE VERGE - Smash EDO/ITT Anthology 2005-2009 - A new collection of twelve SchMOVIES covering the Smash EDO/ITT's campaign efforts to shut down the Brighton based bomb factory since the company sought its draconian injunction against protesters in 2005.

UNCERTIFIED - OUT NOW on DVD- SchMOVIES DVD Collection 2008 - Films on this DVD include... The saga of On The verge – the film they tried to ban, the Newhaven anti-incinerator campaign, Forgive us our trespasses - as squatters take over an abandoned Brighton church, Titnore Woods update, protests against BNP festival and more... To view some of these films click here

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TAKE THREE - SchMOVIES Collection DVD 2007 featuring thirteen short direct action films produced by SchMOVIES in 2007, covering Hill Of Tara Protests, Smash EDO, Naked Bike Ride, The No Borders Camp at Gatwick, Class War plus many others. £6 including p&p.

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