Posts Tagged ‘UK’
War against ISIS/Daesh: British YPG fighter Erik Konstandino Scurfield Kemal lost his life in clashes during the Til Berak operation (Kurdistan)
Friday, March 6th, 2015
YPG Press Office said in a written statement Wednesday that British YPG fighter Erik Konstandino Scurfield (Kemal) lost his life in clashes during the Til Berak operation:
Konstandinos Erik Scurfield AKA Heval Kemal Konstandinos was killed in combat on Tuesday the 3rd of March. Kosta was born in England but subsequently moved from Britain when he was young. He was an ex-Royal Marine Commando, an exceptional soldier and a great ambassador to the Kurdish people for his two nations.
On the 5th of December 2014 he could take no more. He made the treacherous journey to fight alongside the Kurdish people and then rid Rojava of ISIS. He was a frontline fighter always in thick of it, his experience and leadership were greatly appreciated assets. (more…)
Tags: Erik Konstandino Scurfield (Kemal), Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Kurdistan, Lions of Rojava, People's Defence Units (Y.P.G.), Rojava, Syria, Til Berak, UK, War, Xezale
Posted in Autonomy
Saturday, February 28th, 2015
The Anti Fascist Network is all about getting out of our armchairs and on to the streets, so here’s a run through of what’s coming up. How will anyone know you oppose fascism if you don’t get out there and say so!
First up in March is an EDL national demo in Manchester on Saturday the 7th. The local UAF are organising a counter demo. It’s Piccadilly Gardens at midday. The EDL say their demo is because of ‘Muslim grooming gangs’ but a recent post from Malatesta demonstrates how the far-right has more than its fair share of sex offenders as well. Unfortunately, paedophiles and rapists turn up in all walks of life. It is not about ethnicity. (more…)
Saturday, February 21st, 2015
HMP Oakwood is a very well-known large shit-hole of a prison run by G4S private security company, known for very poor conditions and overcrowding.
From inthebellyofthebeast, via mainstream media slime:
Six criminals have been jailed over a riot which caused £170,000-worth of damage at Britain’s biggest jail.
The crooks smashed up their wing at the privately-run HMP Oakwood, near Wolverhampton, in January last year.
Staff were forced to flee as they trashed TVs, furnishings, pool tables and washing machines. (more…)
Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Above: A speaker from FRFI (Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!) at the protest at HM Prison Service HQ against continued solitary confinement of Kevin Thakrar since he was acquitted of attacking prison officers in 2010.
Prolonged isolation of Kevan Thakrar in UK prisons is torture protest
The demo took place 16 February at HM Prison Service HQ in London, and it was attended by over a dozen people, different individuals and groups who were there to support Kevan and show solidarity about his case. Brighton Anarchist Black Cross, Jengba, Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!, Payday Men’s Network and others. (more…)
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Kevan Thakrar is a social prisoner wrongly convicted for murder. There was no DNA, forensics, ballistics, or cell-phone siting placing Kevan at or anywhere near the scene. False multiple hearsay and two questionable identifications were enough to wrongly convict and sentence to life with a 35 year tariff. From a comrade of ABC Brighton:
Despite being found not guilty of attacking three prison officers, but instead that he acted in self-defence after months of racial, physical and psychological abuse (a ruling that goes against prison officers is VERY unusual in a court) Kevan Thakrar continues to be held in the prison services ‘Close Supervision Centres’ more than five years later.
The CSCs are places of extremely restrictive solitary confinement where he, and his family visiting him, have suffered constant harassment. Kevan’s solicitor recently arranged for an independent psychologist to make a report on Kevan. Kevan has suffered with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as a direct result of the way he’s been treated by prison guards, since before he was placed in the CSCs. The independent psychologist’s report concluded that as Kevan has displayed no violent behaviour since being in the CSCs, and because solitary confinement and the regime in these units only makes PTSD worse, Kevan should be moved back into the mainstream prison population. (more…)
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
From a comrade of ABC Brighton:
There has for some time been serious concerns about the treatment of prisoners held in the so called ‘Close Supervision Centre’ (CSC) at Woodhill prison in Milton Keynes, and once again the segregation and isolation of what the prison system labels as “difficult” prisoners in a control unit environment has lead to serious abuses of human rights and unlawful behaviour on the part of those “supervising” the CSC. That unlawful behaviour now threatens the physical safety and even lives of prisoners held in the CSC. An incident recently engineered by staff operating the Woodhill prison CSC where a mentally ill prisoner was encouraged to attack another prisoner in what is a supposedly “closely supervised” environment indicates that a “divide and rule” strategy is now being officially applied in the CSC that threatens the lives of these prisoners considered especially “difficult” and “challenging” by the CSC staff.
Douglas Gary Vinter is a prisoner serving a natural life sentence, which means he is unlikely to ever be released. His “difficult” behaviour, which usually took the form of smashing up his cell in impotent rage and despair, led to his being “selected” for the Woodhill CSC, despite a judicial review ruling that his prolonged segregation was unlawful because it was contributing to his deteriorating mental condition.
Lee Newell, also serving a natural life sentence, was “selected” for the Woodhill CSC because of his constant complaints about the behaviour of prison staff, who, he claimed, had targeted him for bullying and intimidation. Both prisoners after experiencing a CSC regime of solitary confinement, psychological abuse and the ever present threat of organised staff violence, repeatedly requested transfers on the grounds that their mental health was seriously deteriorating; their requests were denied by the “multi disciplinary management team” operating the Woodhill CSC. (more…)
Tags: Alan Parkins, Angela Curtis, Claire Hodson, Close Supervision Centre CSC, Douglas Vinter, HMP Woodhill, Joanne King, Lee Newell, Mary-Anne Dixie, Milton Keynes, Repression, Sean Dunohoe, UK
Posted in Prison Struggle
Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
From a comrade of ABC Brighton:
The growth of what some have described as the “prison industrial complex” and the unleashing of economic free market forces upon the prison system by a government ideologically-driven to sell off or “out source” virtually every state function has created the spectre of a prison population utilised as essentially a source of cheap, forced labour for an increasingly avaricious neo-liberal capitalism. There is no starker example of organised modern slavery.
In the US, the epicentre of the prison industrial complex, the exploitation of cheap convict labour takes place on an industrial scale and in poor urban areas, especially districts with a majority poor Afro-American population, prisons are increasingly replacing factories as places where the criminalised poor are confined and exploited by multi-national security corporations.
In Britain, whose criminal justice system is becoming almost a mirror-image of it’s American counterpart, the exploitation of cheap convict labour by private companies is increasingly as is the ownership of entire chunks of the prison system. More and more prisoners are dealt with and treated not as offenders to be rehabilitated but as a source of considerable profit for an economic elite not hamstrung by wishy-washy concepts such as public service or moral conscience in the treatment of prisoners. (more…)
Friday, January 30th, 2015
The last trial of the people arrested at last year’s NATO protests in Wales is due to be played out in court next Wednesday in Cardiff. This time the police and CPS are trying to stitch up someone up for assaulting an officer. A demonstration is planned outside the Cardiff Magistrate’s at 9.15am on 4th February.
Almost all of the other people arrested at the protests against NATO and the DPRTE arms fair have had their charges dropped. The cases demonstrate, once again, that the cops will make arrests and harass demonstrators any way they can with the aim of stamping out resistance. They also show the urgent need for collective solidarity for those experiencing police repression.
Conservative MP Charlotte Leslie’s Bristol constituency office sprayed with anti-fracking slogan (UK)
Friday, January 30th, 2015
Bristol, UK: MP Charlotte Leslie, rabid anti-anarchist and anti-environmentalist member of the Conservative Party, who called for a repressive policing campaign against Bristol’s anarchist and eco ‘community’ has had a slogan reading “Fracking Whore” spray-painted on her political party offices. The woman and her political party suffered the vandalism early this morning but continued with their lying, thieving and manipulating into the afternoon and the conceivable future. Police are ‘investigating’ the crime scene and the local right-wing paper reported the heinous attack against democracy. The “Fracking Whore” gave a sensitive and unintentionally funny statement imploring the presumed anarchists responsible to stop using aerosols and form a political party to stand against her in the elections.
“The earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses.”
Anti-civ individualist vandal glues some locks, puts up posters and sprays paint in personal action against ‘the morality of anthropocentrism’ (Scotland, UK)
Friday, January 30th, 2015
On the eve of christmas after the mass had paid their respects to the altar of consumerism I thought of celebrating in an other way this farce of civilization, by going outside at night sabotaging the locks of stores that have made death commerce. The systematized death in the name of civilization under the mantle of the morality of anthropocentrism.
I glued the locks of 6 stores in the city centre by just putting in very strong glue inside the locks and therefore destroying the system of those locks completely. 2 stores that display a new dead body every day for each slave of society to consume. Every day another whole pig cut into pieces, exposition on a big window. A harlequin after death for the service of the civilized anthropocentrist human. From death row to the final destination. The others were cashmere stores which are obviously a target as well. (more…)
Thursday, January 29th, 2015
Actualising Collapse is a collection of iconoclastic texts, rebellious thoughts and proposals on the borderless war against the techno-industrial system, with writings by imprisoned urban guerrillas, uncivilised saboteurs and communiques from the frontlines of the black international of anarchists of praxis.
As this publication has taken much longer than originally thought to complete, some of the communiques within in its pages have surely been well read by now, however we believe it is important to run printed copies of said texts to avoid their inevitable disappearance into the void of the internet. Physical copies can be read anywhere, given to friends and best of all they wont give you a fucking headache like attempting to read zines on some glowing screen. So keep an eye out for printed copies around the UK and feel free to print and distribute it without hesitation.
Articles concerning illegalism, individualism, tactical analysis with some rants and poems.
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
From Midlands Anti-Fascists.
ALERTA! Anti-Fascist response needed in the West Midlands!
The racists of the English Defence League (EDL) are planning to have their national demo on Saturday February the 7th in Dudley. They are treating it very seriously, and antifa need to be just as committed and more organised.
In the context of Charlie Hebdo, islamaphobia from the government, the media and the far-right is on the rise. Letting them feel they can have these views and gather in an attempt to intimidate Black, Asian and other minority ethnic populations is not an option. (more…)
Friday, January 23rd, 2015
From a comrade of ABC Brighton:
The abuse of psychiatry in pathologizing and punishing “difficult” prisoners has a long and disturbing history in the British prison system and is probably the worst example of human rights abuse suffered by some prisoners labelled “challenging” and “unmanageable”.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, especially, the role of prison system-hired psychiatrists in assisting in the suppression of rebellious prisoners became an established one and often an unlawful one too such as when administering tranquillizing drugs by force purely to assist guards in subduing “troublemakers”. The practice became known as the “liquid cosh”. For particularly determined prisoner “troublemakers” the spectre of maximum-security psychiatric hospitals such as Broadmoor and Rampton could quite easily become a reality and often did when psychiatrists were recruited to apply the necessary pathological labels and facilitate the “nutting-off”, or sectioning under the mental health act, of sane but “difficult” prisoners, Rampton, especially, acquired a notorious reputation for it’s brutal and inhuman treatment of prisoners, administered by prison officer “nurses” and punitive-minded psychiatrists, and was considered amongst long-term prisoners as the worst and most deadly weapon of all in the prison system’s armourer of control and punishment. (more…)
30 Jan: Picket to ruin the life of Robert ‘Bob’ Lambert, former Police Spy, dead-beat dad and all round piece of low-life rapist shit (UK)
Monday, January 19th, 2015
325 is very happy to spread this call to ruin the life of a no-good pathetic scrote of a man, Robert Lambert. Death to police spies and informers. Revenge.
Via Rabble LDN, From Islington Against Police Spies:
SACK BOB LAMBERT!
Former Police Spy, Serial Liar & Exploiter of Women
Join us to demand the removal of Bob Lambert from London Metropolitan University.
Picket London Met
Friday January 30th
12.00 – 2.00pm
LMU Tower, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB
Bring placards, banners, anything to make noise…
In November Islington Against Police Spies (IAPS) held a lively picket of London Metropolitan University in Holloway, launching our campaign to demand the sacking or resignation of Bob Lambert. Former police spy, Special Branch manipulator, abuser of women, agent provocateur, Lambert is now lecturing at London Met on policing and criminology.
For a brief account of Bob Lambert’s dubious record, check out this pdf flyer. Which you can also spread as wide as possible…
As local residents we feel it is totally inappropriate for London Metropolitan to be employing a man with Lambert’s record in such a position; where he has influence and power over the lives of students, who may be young or vulnerable. Most particularly Lambert has shown he cannot be trusted not to abuse and lie to women. (more…)
Friday, January 9th, 2015
January 11 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The time to unite and stand together against injustice has arrived.
There is No Justice #Justus
For the first time, the justice campaign groups shall be standing shoulder to shoulder to say ‘No to Racism, No to discrimination, No to police cover up and Yes to Justice’.
Date: 11th January 2015
Assembly point: Bury Park area by Nadeem Plaza, Dunstable Road, Luton
The intention is to have a peaceful march from Bury Park Luton, along Dunstable Road, Stuart Street and then stop on Buxton Road outside the Luton Police Station, where dynamic speeches shall be delivered by various Justice campaign groups and their supporters.
We need to raise awareness of the issue affecting the public from failures by our police force and call for it to stop. Justice Groups in attendance will include Justice4Faruk, Justice4Leon, Justice4Paps, Justice4Maya, and Justice4Mark Duggan.
March for Justice
Against Police brutally
Please show your support on the day and also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more planned events and announcements in the New Year.
Many communities, One Voice for Justice!
Facebook: Luton 4 Justice“
Friday, January 9th, 2015
325 receives and transmits:
Nihilist-anarchist solidarity freesheet 1st issue with articles highlighting an animal testing congress in Scotland in March 2015; against fracking; against anthropocentric values; about Glasgow Anarchist Black Cross.
This periodical bulletin exists to widen the current of a nihilist-anarchist critique in Scotland and whatever that may bring. It is your sole responsibility to steal back your life. However, if you are content with shitty food, mundane shopping, police surveillance, civility, boredom and a slow death from cancer and pollution, then perhaps this publication is not for you… We do not care for “recruits”
nor do we seek to seem reasonable in the eyes of anyone. – Until next time (A)
Thursday, January 1st, 2015
325 receives and transmits the electronic version of the latest issue of Return Fire. The zine, from Spring 2014, builds on the green anarchist themes from the last issue and compiles a diverse range of topics.
Here’s the online version of Return Fire vol.2, dated Spring 2014. [See 325.nostate.net/?p=8753 for vol.1] Many events have interfered with the PDF being released sooner, but we’re happy to present another collage of rebellion and anarchy for folks to pick through and hopefully discuss to aid in their struggles.
We’re considering bringing out a third volume in a smaller time frame to cover some of the events we’ve missed since the spring.
Inside these pages, there’s a mix of news, analysis, artwork, plant profiles and more; some of which are editorial, some other comrades’ recent work as well as our own translations, and some the usual reprints.
For example, ‘I Didn’t Want to be a Proud Worker’ is Gabriel Pombo Da Silva’s reminiscence on generous illegality, which appeared as an introduction to the French edition of Huye, Hombre, Huye by Xosé Tarrío González. ‘The Essence of Modern Schooling’ follows the development of the domesticating “education” principle in industrial society by Jan D. Matthews. Plan for Europe’s Biggest Children’s Prison is coverage from the U.K.’s latest counter-information page In The Belly of the Beast, while L’Amour Civilisé, exposing the impoverished social role of coupledom, is out of the journal La Mauvaise Herbe.
This time the Poems for Love, Loss & War are from such insurgents, iconoclasts and adventurers as Kelly Pflug-Back, ‘Eat’, Ron Sakolsky, and Biófilo Panclasta. Rebels Behind Bars features court case news, updates on police crackdowns, and prison letters on topics from psychiatric incarceration to animal liberation, from the Mayday tradition to State surveillance.
We compiled a smattering of Global Flash-Points in riots, sabotage and other direct action during the last part of 2013 and beginning of 2014, and some more or less recent historical legacies in Memory as a Weapon; the siege of Sidney Street in 1910′s London and the multi-lingual Dandelion news-sheet’s piece on migrant revolt in Europe following the so-called “Arab Spring”.
In ‘Gravediggers of Society’, some destructive queers review Lee Edelman’s theory next to that of Guy Hocquenghem (also passing by Jacques Camatte), found in the first issue of Bædan and transcribed.
Let this be our contribution to the multi-form front against civilisation and authority, and especially to the month-long mobilisation this December called by Chilean anarchists (to commemorate and agitate around the death of Sebastián Oversluij and capture of Tamara Sol Vergara).
Look out for the hard-copy version in the U.K.
Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
We receive and transmit this poster.
Monday, December 29th, 2014
LONDON NYE Prisoner Solidarity Demonstration
8:00 pm Pentonville
then moves onto
9:30 pm Holloway
START ADDRESS: HMP Pentonville, Caledonian Rd, London N7 8TT
BRING NOISE MAKERS
Saturday, December 6th, 2014
The prison population in the UK has doubled over the past 20 years. Check out the series of events coming up in London this month to build prisoner solidarity and resist prison expansion.
First up, on December 9th we’ve got The Politics of Prisons, an event to strategise on how to fight prison & immigration detention expansion, and discuss grassroots alternatives to the police and prisons to deal with problems. Organised by Defend the Right to Protest, the event promises some great speakers.