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09-11-2011 13:50 | 2 comment(s)

Glimpses of a possible future

Two possible futures?

Several empty buildings in Oxford have recently been opened as squatted social centres. In August an empty industrial workshop on Randolph Street was squatted. After several "Free Uni" events (sharing skills and ideas), community meals, film and info-nights the court process provided only a short delay and then eviction. The building now remains unused.

Undeterred, the social centre, known as "Plebs' College" due to the focus on free education, has re-opened on Union Street, with a multitude of weekly events. Again they are under threat of eviction from a landlord keen to demolish the place and build student flats. This space where people can gather, meet, organise and learn, as equals, free of the usual commercial or bureaucratic pressures, may be a glimpse of another society.

Meanwhile, the public occupations spreading in many countries are starting to challenge the economic system and may also evoke a freer and more equal society (though with much work still to do!).

For hints of a more brutal future, we can look at the recent eviction of Dale Farm: an entire community made homeless, while those who resist are kicked, tasered, batoned, pressured-pointed, or beaten, and the media continue their lies.

Which path we take could depend on the actions we all take in the next few years.

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17-03-2007 15:09 | 0 comment(s)

Resistance and Riot in Campsfield

banners on the razorwire fence

Early in the morning of 14 March, an Algerian detainee held in Campsfield immigration prison in Oxfordshire forcefully resisted an attempted 'removal' by the immigration authorities. Fellow detainees then tried to intervene in solidarity and a riot soon spread in the detention centre, with facilities smashed and set on fire. 2 detainees and 7 staff were taken into hospital, all suffering smoke inhalation [see reports and updates]. In addition to emergency services, Tornado units (riot squads) from the Prison Service were deployed to deal with the 'disturbances'. According to a written ministerial statement by Immigration minister Liam Byrne, 60 of the detainees at Campsfield House have been transferred to other parts of the Home Office detention estate, but other detainees have remained at the centre, which holds up to 200 detainees and was operating at near full capacity at the time of the riot.

Links: Campaign to Close Campsfield | National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns | UK NoBorders groups

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04-10-2006 12:53 | 0 comment(s)

PigBrother show comes to Oxford

a cop
Internationally, police officers who mutilate or kill people on duty usually get off scot-free, often without the cases even making the news. The Swiss internet site PigBrother.info exposes such cases and the police weapons involved. Though often labelled "less lethal" and portrayed as "harmless", many have proved to be fatal; others have been banned for use in war by e.g. the Geneva Convention yet still frequently used by policeforces worldwide.

In a multimedia live show, Soulless and Anger (the makers of PigBrother.info) present typical cases including weapons, injuries and favourite police excuses from the UK, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, USA and Switzerland. The show takes place on 9th October, 8pm at East Oxford Community Centre.

Despite the heavy going topic and its technical aspects, the show is presented in an easy to understand and concise way, and Soulless & Anger also focus on the funnier aspects of several Police Operations making the Officers involved look only too human. They demonstrate how persistent work in this area can make a difference, forcing the police and the official media to at least sometimes act more by the book or even abolish some weapons or tactics.

PigBrother.info

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18-02-2006 13:21 | 1 comment(s)

Swiss Police Acquitted in Aubonne Bridge Trial

Martin and Gesine outside Nyon's court with a clear message.

On the 13th, 14th, 15th of February 2006 a court case against two Swiss police officers took place in Nyon, Switzerland. Michael Deiss and Claude Poget were charged with causing bodily harm through negligence. They were in court after nearly killing climbers Martin Shaw and Gesine Wenzel during the protests against the G8 in Evian. On Friday 17 February the verdict of this private prosecution came through with an acquittal of the two policemen [Read verdict press release by Martin and Gesine]. Following this verdict, the activists announced that they will appeal against this whitewash of police violence.

In June 2003, an affinity group blockaded the Aubonne Bridge with a climbing action in order to stop a G8 delegation from reaching the summit in Evian. The police cut the climbing rope. As a result both activists were seriously injured, specially Martin Shaw who spent one month in hospital and sustained irreversible injuries. See video and a Photo strory of the event.

Other recent newswire reports: Report of day 3 of the trial | Statement by the Aubonne Support Group on the court proceedings | Activists walk out of court after verdict | Activists appeal against whitewash of police violence.

More information: Aubonne Bridge Campaign | IMC-UK Evian G8 page | PigBrother Live Show

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18-12-2003 03:04 | 0 comment(s)

Pink Castle Now Guilty!

On 15th December 2003 a District Judge in Weymouth, Dorset found four anti-GM activists guilty of aggravated trespass for attaching themselves to tractors. The activists were attempting to prevent the sowing of a trial of GM maize near Weymouth in May 2002.

This marks the end of a drawn-out and contradictory legal process which saw all four activists cleared of aggravated trespass by the same District Judge in March 2003. The Crown Prosectution Service (CPS) appealed and had the verdict overturned by two High Court Judges who ordered a retrial, with instructions that the defendants should be found guilty. The four now face prison for refusal to pay the punitive costs.

Full Report | video | audio | earlier verdict one two | background history | Pink Castle website

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11-11-2003 13:13 | 1 comment(s)

Bemused Oxford shoppers meet with walls and checkpoints

On the 9th of November, as part of the international day of protest and action against Israel's 'security wall', protesters in Oxford (wearing huge white cardboard boxes on their heads) attempted to give the local weekend shoppers a glimpse of life in occupied Palestine.

People gave leaflets, talked to people and shouted slogans. The 'wall' was seen making its way through the Westgate and Clarendon shopping centres - to the annoyance of security guards, culminating by a walk down Cornmarket and a visit to Marks and Spencer's. Finally, a 'checkpoint' was built on a nearby (pedestrianised) street, until the 'soldier' announced he was taking the 'prisoners' into custody and the wall was taken apart and dumped in a nearby bin. If only the real thing was as easily dealt with...

[Report | Photos]

[Stop the Wall] | [Palestine Campaign] | [Wall that breaks Rafah's heart]

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19-08-2003 23:00 | 3 comment(s)

Judicial Review Granted in RAF Fairford Coach Case

fairford coach case pic
Peace campaigners have won the right to challenge police decisions to detain and prevent them from demonstrating against the war on Iraq at Fairford air base in March this year. Over 120 people from two coaches were searched, detained, and forcibly returned to London with a huge police escort. Granting permission for their judicial review case to proceed Mr Justice Richards commented that the issues it raised were "substantial" and "of importance" to merit a full High Court hearing.

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17-07-2003 13:41 | 1 comment(s)

LIBERTY Slams Use of Anti Terrorism Act to Suppress Peace Protests - Did the Home Secretary Lie to Parliament?

LIBERTY, the human rights group, has released a 13 page report focusing on the policing of anti-war demonstrators around USAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, during the concentrated bombing of Iraq earlier this year. The damning report details fundamental breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights in the extensive use of anti-terrorism laws to prevent citizens taking part in legitimate protest and to harrass them (by mid-april the campaign group Gloucestershire Weapons Inspectors alone had recorded 89 stop and searches under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 carried out against just 26 people!), as well as the excessive use of various other public order legislation. At its most extreme an anti-terrorist order was served on an 11-year-old girl (her father is now seeking legal redress) and 3 coach loads of demonstrators were "kidnapped" by police (see indymedia feature), also the subject of a legal action (also see Fairford Coach Action).

Download full Liberty report: (pdf)
Corporate Media Coverage of Liberty report
War on Freedom and Democracy (10 page Statewatch pdf, Sept 02)

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25-06-2003 13:25 | 0 comment(s)

Oxford peace activists seem to be winning the legal battle

Coming out free...
Update: Charges of obstruction of the highway against Anna and David have been dropped. However, the case of another Oxford activist accused of causing 8,333 pounds worth of damage to the main gates of USAF Fairford has been transferred to Cirencester Magistrates Court.

Toby and Phil, the 'B-52 Two', were granted bail Friday the 20th and finally have their freedom! Charged with conspiracy to cause criminal damage when they tried to disarm a B52 warplane at RAF Fairford in March 2003, they pleaded not guilty as they acted lawfully to uphold international law. The Gloucester Crown Court will make a judgement on the legality of the war on 19 September.

Several other people with Fairford related cases had good news also. Two Oxford activists were offered bindovers in place of charges of aggravated trespass, a citizen from Oxford pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal damage and aggravated trespass - the case was adjourned, and two others had their charges of criminal damage to the main gate of Fairford completely dropped. Mysteriously the gate -related charge of another Oxford activist is still being pursued and was adjourned for the time being.

* The "B-52 Two" WEBSITE
* pictures of Phil and Tobi getting out of jail
* video of a vigil held by supporters of Phil and Tobi outside Gloucester Prison
* Prisoners for Peace website
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14-06-2012 10:35 | 7 comment(s)

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Text Boat Dwellers in Oxford under threat
04-03-2012 14:27 | 2 comment(s)

Image Human Rights Films Festival - Oxford Brookes
19-02-2012 21:44 | 0 comment(s)

Text It Lord Bell in charge
07-12-2011 23:19 | 13 comment(s)

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17-11-2011 13:25 | 2 comment(s)

Image Reclaim the night on Friday
24-10-2011 18:20 | 16 comment(s)

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21-10-2011 12:50 | 5 comment(s)

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10-09-2011 22:11 | 0 comment(s)

Image Can you help female victims of sexual violence?
18-08-2011 17:47 | 0 comment(s)

Image UK Detention estate: 3 dead in one month, the tip of the iceberg
03-08-2011 13:14 | 1 comment(s)

Text Second death in 3 days in UK migration prisons
03-08-2011 10:09 | 0 comment(s)

Text 'West Papua – The Road to Freedom', 2nd August 2011, Oxford
05-07-2011 22:30 | 0 comment(s)

Image Blockade of Heathrow detention centre to stop Iraq deportation flight
21-06-2011 16:30 | 7 comment(s)

Text Oxford City Council - Chipping away at Democracy with a Sledgehammer
21-06-2011 12:35 | 0 comment(s)

Image The appeal of climate activists
24-05-2011 18:07 | 8 comment(s)

Image Oxfordshire Pride gears up for 2011
14-05-2011 20:27 | 0 comment(s)

Image Review: Poll Tax Riots films
07-04-2011 16:10 | 5 comment(s)

Text Democracy Dead in Oxford City...
13-01-2011 21:06 | 1 comment(s)

Text Democracy or Dictatorship
13-12-2010 11:22 | 1 comment(s)

Text Incognito (Oxford)
11-12-2010 00:07 | 0 comment(s)

Text President Rajapakse in the Hillary Term
10-12-2010 15:12 | 1 comment(s)

Text Developments out of Oxford 'Tamil' Protest
04-12-2010 11:34 | 12 comment(s)

Text How the police support unlawful hunting
24-09-2010 09:35 | 12 comment(s)

Text How would you Reclaim the Night?
17-09-2010 19:36 | 0 comment(s)

Image Film: The Power of Community: 23 Sept 2010
24-08-2010 18:54 | 0 comment(s)

Text Campsfield Hunger Strike Update
07-08-2010 14:32 | 0 comment(s)

Text Gaza protesters receive Met police payouts
13-07-2010 02:48 | 4 comment(s)

Text Five new UK screenings of “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo”
16-05-2010 11:29 | 0 comment(s)

Text BP not welcome in Wantage and Grove
06-04-2010 00:49 | 0 comment(s)

Text Global Boycott Divestment Sanctions Day Action
29-03-2010 19:46 | 1 comment(s)

Text Mel Broughtons conviction overturned but he will have a third trial
24-03-2010 15:24 | 1 comment(s)

Text Shocking Mass DNA demand by police
10-03-2010 10:42 | 8 comment(s)

Text Ox Arab Soc present :- Israeli Apartheid Week
02-03-2010 10:42 | 0 comment(s)

Text Support Mel Broughton
20-01-2010 03:07 | 2 comment(s)

Text What's Wrong With BP? Go to their recruitment fair and find out!
05-11-2009 12:27 | 3 comment(s)

Text Urgent Action - Support the Oxford 6
09-08-2009 21:31 | 1 comment(s)

Text AID TO GAZA Public Meeting on Tuesday June 9th 7.30pm at Oxford Town Hall
06-06-2009 10:05 | 0 comment(s)

Text March 30th Global Day of Action to Boycott Israeli goods
28-03-2009 16:37 | 0 comment(s)

Text Activists facing murder charges over suicidal hunter's stunt
10-03-2009 12:26 | 20 comment(s)

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17-02-2009 08:50 | 12 comment(s)

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10-02-2009 22:01 | 6 comment(s)

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16-01-2009 02:24 | 0 comment(s)

Text National Anti-Vivisection Day of Action - Mon 19th Jan
29-12-2008 14:57 | 6 comment(s)

Text Mel Broughton NOT found guilty - now what?
08-11-2008 13:48 | 2 comment(s)

Text Activists Take Over BP Recruitment Event
15-10-2008 11:14 | 9 comment(s)

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13-10-2008 11:21 | 0 comment(s)

Image URGENT ACTION NEEDEDl: THIRD ATTEMPT TO REMOVE JEAN PIERRE
05-10-2008 17:19 | 0 comment(s)

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20-08-2008 11:37 | 0 comment(s)

Image Antispeciesist Action Press Release: Carnival Against Vivisection
17-07-2008 03:43 | 3 comment(s)

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14-07-2008 11:27 | 9 comment(s)

Text On Photography
11-07-2008 20:24 | 2 comment(s)

Text Campsfield Detention Centre Breakout - 4 humans escape!!
19-06-2008 13:59 | 7 comment(s)

Text Oxford Professor Resigned Over Vivisection
14-06-2008 16:39 | 2 comment(s)

Image Support Mel Broughton - For SPEAK's sake!
23-04-2008 23:04 | 1 comment(s)

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25-02-2008 20:45 | 0 comment(s)

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22-01-2008 22:30 | 0 comment(s)

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Text Oxford / Burma solidarity march
20-11-2007 13:45 | 2 comment(s)

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11-11-2007 18:02 | 1 comment(s)

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04-11-2007 12:04 | 1 comment(s)

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18-10-2007 12:55 | 1 comment(s)

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16-10-2007 19:50 | 0 comment(s)

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07-10-2007 20:59 | 1 comment(s)

Text Report from the Oxford Total demo
07-10-2007 00:01 | 2 comment(s)

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06-10-2007 17:46 | 3 comment(s)

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02-10-2007 18:45 | 7 comment(s)

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24-09-2007 00:15 | 0 comment(s)

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12-09-2007 00:52 | 2 comment(s)

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02-08-2007 12:35 | 0 comment(s)

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18-07-2007 09:46 | 1 comment(s)

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22-06-2007 13:27 | 0 comment(s)

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02-06-2007 18:08 | 0 comment(s)

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30-05-2007 23:40 | 5 comment(s)

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23-05-2007 13:03 | 1 comment(s)

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08-05-2007 15:27 | 1 comment(s)

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30-04-2007 15:20 | 6 comment(s)

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24-04-2007 15:36 | 4 comment(s)

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20-04-2007 21:01 | 2 comment(s)

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19-04-2007 20:06 | 4 comment(s)

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13-04-2007 15:25 | 3 comment(s)

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26-03-2007 16:19 | 4 comment(s)

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26-03-2007 11:43 | 2 comment(s)

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21-03-2007 03:07 | 8 comment(s)

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02-03-2007 13:09 | 2 comment(s)

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28-02-2007 15:05 | 0 comment(s)

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21-02-2007 08:51 | 1 comment(s)

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20-02-2007 23:36 | 3 comment(s)

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17-02-2007 16:15 | 2 comment(s)

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16-02-2007 17:26 | 0 comment(s)

Text Radley Lake: The injunctions begin
16-02-2007 07:57 | 3 comment(s)

Text RADLEY LAKES BEING EVICTED
06-02-2007 11:31 | 3 comment(s)

Text SPEAK Dec 19th court case Postponed
18-12-2006 13:24 | 9 comment(s)

Image Hungerstrike in Campsfield
15-12-2006 10:23 | 1 comment(s)

Text Diggers 350th birthday march and occupation VIDEO
12-12-2006 15:27 | 1 comment(s)

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29-11-2006 12:44 | 0 comment(s)

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24-11-2006 16:59 | 1 comment(s)

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24-11-2006 12:15 | 2 comment(s)

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19-11-2006 21:21 | 4 comment(s)

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13-11-2006 23:46 | 0 comment(s)

Text The Consequences of the War on Terror” with George Soros and Timothy Garton Ash
13-11-2006 09:09 | 0 comment(s)

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11-11-2006 17:46 | 1 comment(s)

Text Shell Disrupted & Protested Again in Reading
11-11-2006 17:21 | 2 comment(s)

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02-11-2006 18:14 | 3 comment(s)

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