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Including free parties, travellers, squatting and festivals (even though not all festivals are particularly 'autonomous') See also Camp For Climate Action, Direct Action


Another festival is cancelled as authorities continue to clamp down on summer fun.
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6th August 2010 | Issue 734 - GRASSROOTS STRUGGLE - Yet another independent festival has been cancelled after a concerted campaign by bureaucrats, nimbys and police. This time it's the Grassroots Feastival, which was a small volunteer-run event due to take place in Cambridgeshire in early September.

UK Teknival is busted by police
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18th June 2010 | Issue 727 - RAVING MADNESS - The UK Teknival over Mayday in Wales was busted by police and gear confiscated in another attack on fre parties and festivals in Britain.

A Midsummer Night's Mare
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26th March 2010 | Issue 715 - A TWIST OF FETE - In what is fast becoming a summer tradition, yet another gathering has fallen victim to party-pooping police tactics. Strawberry Fair in Cambridge - the UK’s last free open-air festival - has been cancelled under police pressure.

Hippies go green with rage after Big Green Gathering is cancelled at the last minute by authorities
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27th July 2009 | Issue 685 - THE HIPPY, HIPPY SHAKEDOWN - At the last minute the Big Green Gathering is closed down by the police and local council on a roadblock permit technicality - but as one policeman admitted 'This is political'.

Police use unmanned surveillance drone at Stonehenge during the summer solstice celebrations.
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26th June 2009 | Issue 681 - YOU’RE NICKED SUNSHINE! - At this year's summer solstice celebration at Stonehenge, the Wiltshire police went over the top - literally, by flying an un-manned drone surveillance copter continuously over the crowd.


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11th April 2008 | Issue 628 - MESHO Hits The Streets - A spoof newspaper 'MESHO', about autonomous spaces, squatting and homelessness has been produced for the April 11-12 weekend of Autonomous Spaces around England.

Download MESHO (16 page, tabloid size, 4.5meg, pdf format)

Glastonbury sold out - years ago
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22nd June 2007 | Issue 593 - As SchNEWS dusts off the wellington boots in preparation to become 'a drop of truth an ocean of mud - and commercial bullshit' at another Glastonbury Festival...

If Carlsberg did riots....
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10th March 2007 | Issue 579 - DANISH PASTING - The eviction of the four storey Ungdomshuset (literally: Youth House) in Copenhagen has sparked three days of rioting and forced the Danish state to close its borders to foreigners coming to join the solidarity struggle.

Another blatant Danish reference as the Ungdomhuset eviction is depicted in LEGO
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10th March 2007 | Issue 579 - Another blatant Danish reference as the Ungdomhuset eviction is depicted in LEGO. Er what else Danish is there?

And the repetitive beats go on
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1st September 2006 | Issue 558 - RAVE NEW WORLD? - As riot squad crash a free party in Chesterford, Essex over the bank holiday weekend...

Cafe in Broadway Markets, Hackney  is squatted
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13th January 2006 | Issue 527 - HACKED OFF - A cafe in Broadway Markets, Hackney, which was closed last year to make way for a yuppy development, is squatted and re-opened...

Neo-Labour cracks down on travellers

10th May 2002 | Issue 354- FESTIVAL PIED - As Neo-Labour carries on the good work of the Tories to continue the clampdown on festivals in Britiain...


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Jolly Roger Press
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Jolly Roger Press -
SchNEWS's take on an anarchist publishing house catalogue produced for the Anarchist Bookfair, Issue 608 - October 2007 (Download PDF - 970kb)

Blair Mugshot
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Blair Charge Sheet
- as Blair leaves, we look at his record - Issue 594, June 2007 (Click Here)

Rave Casualty Support Group
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Barrio Social Centre - What's On Guide - SchNEWS looks at a typical British social centre. Issue 573 - Jan 2007. (Download PDF - 220kb)

Upper Crust - from the spoof festival guide
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Spoof Festival Guide
- close to the bone parody of UK festival scene produced for Big Green Gathering, Issue 553 - August 2006. (Download PDF - 2.2meg)

Winston get a mohawk - Mayday 2000
SchNEWS Worst Britain
- produced for the Peace De Resistance book in 2003 (Click Here)

Are You Really Green? - questionnaire produced for the Big Green Gathering 2007 (not yet available)