SchNEWS - Friday 20th March 2009 | Issue 669
2,500 people are currently locked up in 13 British immigration prisons and the government want[s] to be able [to] lock up another 1,500. Next up is a 'mega-detention centre'...Early morning raids by the Immigration Police...continue to target families fleeing persecution, with some groups being targeted for deportation despite the well-documented political violence in their home countries...Over 350 people have been deported by charter flights to Iraqi Kurdistan in the last six months. Recent deportees have committed suicide, been kidnapped or killed in car bombs.
SchNEWS - Friday 20th March 2009 | Issue 669
In response to the growing success of the Boycott Israeli Goods campaign, police have been putting more pressure on protesters. Two Swansea activists had their houses searched and were arrested for 'conspiring to commit racially aggravated criminal damage' following an action at Sainsburys in Bridgend, when a couple of boxes of Israeli peppers were sprayed with red paint and a 'Boycott Israel' slogan spray-stencilled on the floor.
By Paul Lewis - Thursday 12 March 2009
A report into the policing of last year's Climate Camp demonstration...has criticised Kent police for its apparent use of "psychological operations"...To wake protesters during the week-long protest last August, police are accused of using vans to play loud music...The report also highlighted the police approach to participants of a "festival picnic" procession mostly made up of families and small children. A helicopter ordered them via loudspeaker: "Disperse now, or dogs, horses and long-handed batons will be deployed."
By Carl Marsden - March 18, 2009
[U.K. Immigration Minister] Phil Woolas escaped unharmed after anti-deportation activists dramatically tried to 'detain' him at his constituency office...[T]hey issued a statement claming they had "detained the Immigration Minister in a protest against immigration detention"...The group claim 2,500 people are currently locked in 13 British immigration prisons for indefinite periods when "mostly the only crime they have committed is not possessing the right paper."
Sunday, March 15 2009 - Infoshop News
Athens - Experts from the British police organization Scotland Yard are to aid Greece in battling an ongoing wave of violence and crack down on radical leftwing underground organizations, the Kathimerini newspaper reported Sunday. The help from Scotland Yard, the first of which is to arrive in Greece on Monday, comes after contacts at the highest level between the governments in Athens and London, the report said.
SchNEWS; Friday 13th March 2009 - Issue 668
"...[S]tudent activist Hicham Yezza has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment for allegedly deceiving immigration officials. Having been in England for fourteen years...Hicham was initially caught up in a high profile arrest in June 2008 on bogus terror charges after allegedly downloading an Al Qaeda training manual off a US government site for research purposes..."
By John Pilger - March 06, 2009
Freedom is being lost in Britain. The land of Magna Carta is now the land of secret gagging orders, secret trials and imprisonment. The government will soon know about every phone call, every email, every text message. Police can willfully shoot to death an innocent man, lie and expect to get away with it. Whole communities now fear the state. The foreign secretary routinely covers up allegations of torture...The litany is cursory; there is much more.
By George Monbiot - Tuesday, March 3 2009
This revolting trade in human lives creates a permanent incentive to lock people up: not because prison works, not because it makes us safer, but because it makes money. Privatisation appears to have locked [Britain] into mass imprisonment.
By Michael Holden - Monday, February 23, 2009
LONDON - Police said on Monday they feared a "summer of rage" with mass protests over the economic crisis that could mar Prime Minister Gordon Brown's G20 summit in London in April...Anti-globalisation protesters, environmental activists and anti-war demonstrators are all planning events before and during the meeting of world leaders.
SchNEWS; Friday 13th February 2009 - Issue 666
The trouble with liberal outrage is that it’s so predictable. It’s OK to defend the free speech and movement of people who represent no threat to the status quo. If anyone’s in a position to effect actual radical change however then it’s OK for the gloves to come off. Will the Convention for Modern Liberty or the House of Lords be troubling themselves with the vicious sentences handed down to animal rights activists?...Our movements are under attack. It’s useful to have allies but ultimately...they have their agendas and we have ours[.]
By John Newsinger - December 2008
British subordination to the United States, the so-called special relationship as it is optimistically known in London, is so taken for granted that it is seldom subjected to critical scrutiny. Why is it that the British ruling class and its agents have since 1945 come to embrace a junior partnership in the U.S. empire so wholeheartedly? Most recently, the “special relationship” has seen the New Labor government actively support and take part in the invasion and occupation of Iraq in the face of a hostile public opinion.
By Emily Dugan - Sunday, 8 February 2009
They are the iPod generation of students: politically apathetic, absorbed by selfish consumerism, dedicated to a few years of hedonism before they land a lucrative job in the City. Not any more. A seismic change is taking place in British universities...Around the UK, thousands of students have occupied lecture theatres, offices and other buildings at more than 20 universities in sit-down protests. It seems that the spirit of 1968 has returned to the campus.
Tuesday, 10 February 2009 - The Independent
Britain is facing its worst financial crisis for more than a century, surpassing even the Great Depression of the 1930s, one of [Prime Minister] Gordon Brown's most senior ministers and confidants has admitted...In an extraordinary admission about the severity of the economic downturn, Ed Balls even predicted that its effects would still be felt 15 years from now. The Schools Secretary's comments carry added weight because he is a former chief economic adviser to the Treasury and regarded as one of the Prime Ministers's closest allies.
"You're Not Allowed to Take Photos of Police Officers": Another Attack on Civil Liberties in Britain
By SchNEWS - Friday 6th February 2009
From 16th February it will be punishable by up to ten years in [jail] to “elicit or attempt to elicit information about members of the armed forces, intelligence services or policemen, where this information could be of use to a terrorist.” This rather vaguely worded term...is another of the government’s and police’s rather sweeping authoritarian laws that is just one more attack on traditional civil liberties.