Posts Tagged ‘UK’
Saturday, April 4th, 2020
5G Masts were set alight in Sparkhill, Birmingham, on Thursday 2nd April, and Melling, Merseyside, on Friday 3rd April.
The 70ft mobile phone tower in Birmingham was torched shortly after 8pm. Firefighters were called to the EE structure ‘well alight’ on Spring Road in Tyseley. Police also attended to block off the road while the flames were tackled for over an hour.
In Melling, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said it extinguished a 5G mast tower fire near the M57 motorway late in the evening on Friday.
Also, at the end of September 2019, the EE/BT tower in Porth, Wales, was destroyed by an arson attack
Against all harmfulness and toxicity
Against the techno-prison-world
Find a global map of 5G infrastructure here:
* Updated from Sans Attendre Demain: During the same night of April 3, in Belfast, in Northern Ireland, a 5G relay antenna was also burnt down: In a video published on the internet, we see flames at the feet of a pylon erected on Antrim Road, in a neighborhood north of the city. We also hear voices saying “fuck the 5G!” and “Long live the Revolution!”. A firefighter confirms that several fires were ignited at the base of the antenna, destroying cables and an electrical box in particular.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
The Coronavirus Act 2020 in the UK is now in force for the next two years. It is a totalitarian coup by a right-wing government which has already shown it’s utter contempt for the judiciary, for parliament and for the people. Many of the provisions of this Act are already experienced by those on the margins of society, by dissidents, those in the prison and criminal justice system, the poor, and ethnic groups consistently disposed of by the police and the system, through poverty, imprisonment and death. Now the grand experiment is whether the kind of control infrastructure and total suspension of rights already administered to particular groups can be rolled out to the entire population.
The most manipulable provisions come, as ever, under the Mental Health sections. Always a good catch-all since dissidence, illegality and criticism of the existent is already considered by the system to be tantamount to mental illness, people can now be hospitalised and medicated on the say-so of a single approved clinician. This power of one also decides the fate of those awaiting trial, convicted persons (we wonder whether that refers to anyone with a criminal record regardless of their current status) and those currently serving prison time: the Act allows a single person to sign off on a transfer from a prison to mental hospital. To the cynical, it might imply that unruly prison populations or undesirables (either currently or historically) are now living under the threat of being summarily detained or if already detained, then transferred and sedated with a no-questions-asked decision by a single clinician.
Saturday, March 28th, 2020
23rd March – In the evening when (now infected) Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared the state of emergency and the new measures to deal with the coronavirus, cops in Southmead, Bristol, were harassing young people on the streets. The police were attacked with stones and bottles and two Iceland supermarket vans were torched outside their depo. Several cars were also smashed and set on fire across the city. Young people are already always under ‘special measures’ by the police -abuse, beatings, harassment, dispersal, special conditions – and rioting and fighting back is the only real solution, not staying in your house and being afraid.
The supermarkets and the other companies which are profiting massively from this ‘crisis’, -which is solely the responsibility of the structures of power and capital-, are valid and understandable targets for the nihilistic and anti-social rage against this situation.
The lies of the media tell us that we are ‘all in this together’ but it’s clear that we are not, and never will be.
It’s the fight of the young people and the irreducibles against this sick system and this is but one drop from the storm to come.
Death to the politicians, the police and those who have poisoned this world.
Letter from John Bowden: ‘I Leave Prison Unbroken, My Political Integrity Uncompromised And Unyielding’ (UK)
Thursday, March 26th, 2020
On the 20th February, the Parole Board finally agreed to my release after forty years of my imprisonment and four previous parole hearings when my release was denied not because I represented a risk or danger to the public but because I was labelled an “anti-authoritarian” prisoner with links to anarchist and communist groups on the outside, specifically Anarchist Black Cross and the Revolutionary Communist Group.
Following a parole knockback of my release last year, I instigated a Judicial Review of the decision. Which although it did not succeed fired a judicial shot across the bows of the Parole Board and Ministry of Justice. And persuade them that future decisions on my release or not would have to be based on proper legal criteria. Specifically, whether my continued imprisonment could be justified in the Interests of public protection and-not just because I was labelled a “difficult prisoner” by the – prison authorities.
So, the parole panel considering my case in February of this year had to admit there was no real lawful justification for my continued imprisonment and so reluctantly agreed to my release. However, in its written decision, the Parole Board claimed that my “current risk factors” included “anti-authority views” and “attitudes supportive of the use of violence.” It also wrote: “During your sentence, you have evidenced that you have a mistrust of those in authority and professionals have previously reported that if you felt unfairly treated or discriminated against, coupled with any engagement with anti-social peers, then this could increase your risk of violence. Your attitude towards authority and your personality characteristics have also been considered by professionals to present a potential challenge in your future risk management.” (more…)
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
In this moment of not knowing what’s coming next, the failure of this system is more and more clear: a world wired for ever-growing speed, circulation, and productivity, suddenly has to stop. In this moment when power gets more power, fed by the general panic of an unknown and new situation, there’s a pressing need to listen out and to fight for those who are most affected, those who already know what it is to be trapped, isolated and repressed.
We will be publishing information, hoping to amplify unheard voices, and to break the silence that risks making an intolerable situation even worse. Now, more than ever, those caged by the state face precarious conditions, with low hygienic standards, very poor healthcare and overcrowded cells. While the ‘managers’ of the crisis carefully calculate how this or that measure can protect the political and economic order, the basic steps we need to take to slow down the contagion are clear: keep distance between each other, maintain good hygiene and avoid crowded places. Inside, this will be difficult or impossible for many. We are not going to ‘take this on the chin’! Prison makes us sick!
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Friday, March 20th, 2020
PDF: The Time is Now
This is a PDF explaining how to sabotage game farms. It needs to reach as many people as possible. Against all authority, speciesism and capitalism.
THE TIME IS NOW, BRING DOWN THE GAME FARM INDUSTRY
A step by step guide to sabotaging game farms and putting an end to this fucked up industry.
Game farming is abhorrent. Hunters will use the excuse of conservation as a justification for their murderous actions, but game farming cannot be sustained in any way. Breeding wild animals to be released with the sole purpose of killing them, modifying the countryside to suit the needs of the hunting community and killing all other wildlife in the process with the only aim of capitalising on animal exploitation. Game farming is, indeed, a multi million industry that can be toppled very easily using direct action.
As game farming is an incredibly lucrative business based on breeding and rearing wild animals, direct action focused on sabotaging the infrastructure and releasing the animals into the wild is the biggest and most impactful action anyone can do bring the business to their knees. I will repeat this to clarify: YOU CAN STOP THIS INDUSTRY BY WALKING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.
This document will solely focus on how to liberate and sabotage game bird farms as a map has been made available with hundreds of entries throughout Europe where you can find your closest farms. That does not mean we do not encourage you to seek other farms, like deer, wild boar and even fox (yes, people are breeding foxes for hunting) and do exactly the same thing. You might need to modify some of the advice, but it will still be good for the most part.
Sunday, March 15th, 2020
Andy Coles is a right-wing politician who is active in the ruling Conservative Party in Peterborough, UK, who used to be an undercover cop. This despicable piece of shit targeted environmental, animal rights and pacifist groups during the early nineties. Coles was part of a unit called the National Public Order Intelligence Unit of the Special Demonstration Squad and wrote their operational manual. This unit is notorious for systematically targeting activist women in deceptive and controlling sexual relationships in cases going back decades. At the moment a huge whitewash ‘investigation’ has been taking place detailing the exploits of dozens of these scum.
Recently a grass-roots campaign started in Peterborough to draw more attention to what this disgusting cretin has done. Andy Coles is already running scared, shutting down his blog, locking down all his social media accounts and trying to intimidate and assault the activists that are reminding him what a creep he is. Even if we don’t agree with legalistic and social activist approaches using appeals to the state, we are in solidarity to all those targeted by the sexual abuse of these cops. We have to fight against the State, against its police, against all the politicians of the right and the left. Revenge.
From Sack Andy Coles:
Andy Coles Intimidates Victim, Assaults Campaigner
Disgraced former spycop Andy Coles took his abuse to a new level last week, tracking down the woman he abused while undercover to harass her and attack her supporter.
As a vulnerable 19 year old in the 1990s, ‘Jessica’ was groomed into a sexual relationship by Coles whilst he was an undercover officer of the Special Demonstration Squad. When his past was revealed two years ago he immediately resigned as Cambridgeshire’s Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner, yet he has stayed on as a Peterborough city councillor. (more…)
Saturday, January 18th, 2020
Episode number 30 (01/2020) of “B(A)D NEWS – Angry voices from around the world”, a monthly news program from the international network of anarchist and antiauthoritarian radios, consisting of short news segments from different parts of the world, is now online.
Length: 1:10 h
You’ll find the audio here:
In this episode you will hear contributions from:
1) A-Radio Berlin: Meuterei goes in the air – a steampunk report
2) Frequenz A: A summary and a short interview about the case against the Park Bench 3 in Hamburg
3) 1431AM (Thessaloniki): Struggles in Petrou Ralli Immigrantion Office and Detention Center / 23day-strike in OTE (Organisaton of Telecommunications in Greece)
4) R.O.S.E. (Athens): Eviction of the Utopia squat / Process around the murder of P. Fyssas
5) Radio Fragmata: Updates on political prisoners and persecuted antifascists in Greece
6) Dissident Island (London): News of an oil rig occupation in Scotland, industrial action by precarious workers in London and reports from various hunt saboteur outings around the country
7) The Final Straw: conversation with a translator for the Anarchist Union of Afghanistan and Iran
8) The Final Straw: conversation with an anarchafeminist about the new, rightwing neoliberal regime of Nayib Bukele and the GANA party in El Salvador
9) A-Radio Berlin: Call for an International Week of Solidarity with the Political Prisoners of the revolt in Chile (13.-19.1.2020)
Other audios from A-Radio Berlin in English (or Spanish) here:
Or visit the anarchist 24/7 online stream from the Channel Zero Network:
Tags: Afghanistan, Anarchist Radio, Anarchistisches Radio Berlin, Berlin, Chile, El Salvador, Germany, Greece, International Solidarity, Iran, Migrant Struggle, Park Bench 3, Radio Fragmata, UK
Posted in Autonomy
Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
Many who were driving home for Christmas (or on their relentless commute for the 9-5) will have been dazzled by the 2 huge LED adverts that light up the motorway (and the night sky beyond) in Bristol. Bored of the false dreams and fairy lights, we damaged the billboards by attacking the main mechanisms in the back of the glittery display. We also smashed a computer console that is part of the spectacle.
Lots of people decorated with tinsel and trees… but we redecorated another billboard, this time by BT (British Telecom). Their new campaign reads “Open for Business: Not Attack”. We said: “Open to attack on all shit businesses! Anarchy!”.
While the country distracts itself with thoughts of a ‘Happy New Year’, and zombies wander the streets addicted to their smart phones… we prefer a more direct way to communicate. The Christmas period just means more isolation and time locked in cells for most prisoners.. Even when people are unlocked, they have to pay way more than the normal rate to make phone calls. BT make a huge profit from their prison contract and have the monopoly on all phones in UK prisons.
This action is a small nod to all those inside during this time of year… especially Kevan Thakrar and the Park Bench 3.
Fire to the prisons!
Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
Prisoner Solidarity Action Alert
This evening prisoner Kevan Thakrar called to inform IWOC that a known racist attempted to take his life this afternoon. Kevin McCarthy stabbed Kevan more than four times while Kevan was at the food servery. He used a wooden shank. Kevan has four puncture wounds on his back and bruises and scratches after also being hit on the head. Kevin walked past two prison officers neither of whom intervened to prevent or stop the attack until Kevan turned round to defend himself. The prison failed to take him to hospital but he was treated by two nurses on the wing.
This is the second attack Kevan has experienced in HMP Full Sutton in recent months. Kevan is shaken and in need of support to demand the prison move him to a safer location and take action to stop further racist attacks on his life. Feel free to use your own words as well as the sample scripts below.
Hello, I am calling on behalf of Kevan Thakrar who is currently in the CSC at HMP Full Sutton. Kevan was stabbed four times yesterday by a known racist prisoner. Two prison officers were present and did not act to prevent or stop the attack until Kevan turned around to protect himself. This is the second attack Kevan has experienced in HMP Full Sutton in recent months and yet he is still held in the CSC.
I am really concerned about Kevan’s safety in the CSC and I am calling to demand that he is moved out of the CSC and to a safer location immediately.
Saturday, December 21st, 2019
The war machine is in operation 24/7. Despite the night shift at Babcock in Long Ashton, we snuck over the fence and damaged a fuel tank that forms part of their heating system.
Babcock are the second biggest contractor to the Ministry of Defence in the UK. They have 4 premises in Bristol alone. They specialise in the navy and nuclear industries. We hope our small act will show how many different ways it is possible to resist, without voting!
This “prison island” will continue whoever is prime minister. We reject all politicians and have only contempt for those who buy their lies and cheap promises.
To those who forget the many aspects of control and repression used in the social war, and buy into Labour’s hype by focusing only on the National Health Service… we laugh at you in the darkness, and angrily ask…. Do you remember Iraq?
Solidarity with those on the streets in the Green Zone in Baghdad, and belated greetings to everyone who rebelled on the International Day of Action for Rojava 14th December.
Thursday, December 12th, 2019
Back again! we paid another visit to Vinney Green ‘Secure Unit’ (AKA Youth Prison), on the outskirts of Bristol. We sabotaged and immobilised 4 cars belonging to screws. Vinney Green was previously attacked in June.
24 young people (aged 10-18) are incarcerated at Vinney Green. It is one of 15 secure units in England, and is currently being expanded. There were 144 assaults there last year. The prison has been publicly criticised for it’s “high use of restraint” among other things (but do not mistake us; there is no such thing as a “good” prison, and it is never acceptable to use restraint)…
Remember the kids this Christmas. Remember Alexis Grigoropoulos, who was shot by police in Greece aged 15.
In this time when many are turning to the ballot box… we took to the streets. A juvenile prank, for those in juvie…. Their cameras and fences do not deter us… and our rage will never be silenced by their electioneering and rhetoric. Boris Johnson promises tougher sentences. We promise more actions….
Until next time.
Fire to the prisons!
Eco-anarchist vandals – FAI/IRF
Monday, October 28th, 2019
A coalition of Bristol groups blocked all the entrances to BAE and MDBA in Filton this morning, [25/10/19] preventing the arms factories from opening. We stand in solidarity with the people of North and East Syria and against Turkish fascism! #Riseup4Rojava #BoycottTurkey #StopArmingTurkey
via Bristol Kurdish Solidarity Network
Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Branches of Turkish banks was attacked
Berlin, London, Sofia, Amsterdam, Paris. In these cities was attacked branches of Turkish bank (Işbank). For actions we used manual from the Network of Revolutionary Cells (SRB): “How to start evacuation”
Money from Turkish bank support terrorism of Turkish state. Turkish army killing civil people. For example, they killing a child named Sara Yusuf Hüseyin. Turkish army also killing revolutionary fighters in Rojava. We have to stop it!
Fight against Turkish bank is fight against terrorism!
– Commando Sara Yusuf Hüseyin
Tags: Berlin, Bulgaria, Commando Sara Yusuf Hüseyin, Evacuation warning, France, Germany, Kurdish Struggle, Kurdistan, London, Paris, Rojava, Sofia, Turkey, Turkish bank (Işbank), UK, War
Posted in Direct Action
“Hardship has Tempered me and Turned my Mind to Steel” – Letter by radical long-term prisoner John Bowden about his parole process (UK)
Friday, October 25th, 2019
The situation with my parole remains bizarrely uncertain, and it has now become obvious that it is not the parole board that is deciding matters but the Justice Ministry itself. Unfortunately my Judicial Review fell at the first hurdle after my initial optimism when the first judge to consider my case decided there did appear to be a breach of proper legal procedure in the way the Justice Ministry refused to refer my case back to the parole board when the board’s supposed dissatisfaction with the length of time the probation service had arranged for me to spend in a parole hostel if released was put to rest when the hostel concerned informed the board that they were prepared to accept me for as long as was considered necessary.
The judge then gave the Justice Ministry 21 days to present a defence as to why I remained in prison still when there was clearly no real public protection justification for my continued imprisonment. 21 days later the Justice Ministry presented a “defence” claiming that it wasn’t just the issue of a long-term hostel place that had influenced the parole board’s decision to deny my release, but also my “aggressive anti-authority authority”, which it was unable to give any specific examples of in terms of breaches of discipline reports, etc. This was a blatant moving of the goalposts and unfortunately the different judge this time to consider the case, and who had obviously been “briefed” about my prison history and politicisation, swallowed the re-manufactured bullshit to justify my continued imprisonment and dismissed my action. (more…)