Mid-Jan round-up: antifascism, undercover cops, prison news and more

At time of writing, the junior doctors’ strike planned for the 26-28th is currently suspended, although the action planned for Feb 10th is still provisionally on. At the moment, it’s still too early to tell if the talks have really achieved anything or if this is just the latest in a long line of powerful-seeming strikes being pissed up the wall to no effect.

Return to Dover, January 30th

Next weekend, the big news down south is the return to Dover to oppose the latest fascist march there on the 30th – transport is running from Berkshire/Oxford, Brighton (looks like that’s now full, though), London and Manchester (again, it might be late to book from there, but can’t hurt to ask), as well as from within Kent itself. See here for a longer analysis of the situation from Plan C.

Further North, that weekend the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh is hosting a showing of the Ditching the Fear film about warehouse workers’ struggles in Italy, along with a discussion of struggles in the warehouse and retail sectors more widely. The same event will be happening in Glasgow the week after, on the 6th.

The first weekend of February will also see Midlands antifascists taking on Pegida UK, the weird British nationalists with a name that only makes sense in German, as well as Manchester Plan C holding a discussion event about, and fundraising party for, Rojava.

In other news, sabotage against UKBA raids is ongoing in London, and the fight against spycops continues, as undercover copper “Carlo Neri” has just been outed, the Special Branch Files project has gone live, and the Metropolitan Police have abandoned their defence and asked for judgement to be entered against them in the case brought by Kate Wilson, who was tricked into a two-year relationship by the undercover Mark Kennedy. And speaking of people who’ve had dark shit done to them fighting for justice through the courts, the case brought by blacklisted construction workers continues, as the High Court has just ordered 30 firms to release all information they hold relating to the blacklist.

Meanwhile, the cops are still up to their dirty work, as this account by an anarchist who was approached by plainclothes officers at Bristol airport shows. In other news from the courts, Pete Simpson and his co-defendant Josh have now been cleared after the prosecution case totally fell apart, and Vice have made the CCTV footage of cops attacking protesters publicly available.

In less cheery court news, Yusef Asad has been sent down for defending a Palestine solidarity march in Cardiff against a racist attack, and two London comrades have been imprisoned in similar circumstances. To write to them:

Yusef Asad

K or D,
c/o Freedom Bookshop,
Angel Alley,
84b Whitechapel High Street,
London, E1 7QX.

And staying on that theme, London Anarchist Black Cross pass on some news from Stockholm, where 13 antifascists were given prison sentences in November, on the 100th anniversary of Joe Hill’s execution. Similarly, new material continues to be translated all the time about the current crackdown on workers’ organisations in the Guangzhou region of China – “Slandering of the workers’ movement will not be permitted” and “The Guangdong Six and the rule of law (of value)” are perhaps the best pieces of analysis, even if they don’t have particularly snappy titles. Whatever, it’s always worth keeping your eyes open for ways we can support each other across all national borders.

About nothingiseverlost

"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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