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1 May 2021… After lockdown, let’s look at the situation we’re finding around us [London, UK]

London. UK. The pandemic has been the starting gun of a huge project of capitalist restructuring in which we are rapidly getting lost. London is already well within the bounds of being a ‘smart city’ — this means that every molecule in this seething metropole is in the process (or already) brought into one great artificial network: capitalism certainly, but largely virtual, nearly autonomous, diffused into everything around us, and into ourselves, into our bodies, into our minds.

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UK: Corruption, cronyism and sleaze – oh my!

UK. The David Cameron/Greensill Capital cronyism scandal is just the tip of the iceberg of a network of ruling class sleaze and corruption. Former Prime Minister David Cameron used his connections to powerful government ministers to personally profit in his post-political business career. Lex Greensill, the owner of Greensill Capital who Cameron has been working for, was an unoffical government adviser to the Cameron government.

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Bristol ‘Kill the Bill’ riot and protests (March 2021): A timeline and analysis of what actually happened

Bristol. UK. On the 9th of March the UK government, alongside Police chiefs including Cressida Dick, announced the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to parliament. The bill proposes changes to a variety of laws, however it has been criticised for a number of points including its implications on people’s rights to protest, its impact on the Gypsey, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities, its encouragement of stop and search bias towards black men and youths and numerous other things.

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UK: What good is a right to toothless protest? [Kill the Bill]

UK. The UK’s new police and crime bill is a clear attack on the basic right to protest and a next step in the democratic backsliding of the country.

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UK: Johnson regime applies coat after coat of whitewash

UK. This week has seen applications of whitewash by Johnson and his pals that would make Dulux envious. We had the report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparity that said that everything was hunky dory in Britain, that institutional racism does not exist, that racism in the UK is really the result of imagination. These findings were hardly surprising. Boris Johnson appointed Tony Sewell to head up the commission, and he has long been a denier of institutional racism. Sewell, who is head of a charity, has described the Black Lives Matter movement that swept through Britain last year as a sideshow and a “lower middle class revolt”. For him, racism doesn’t exist in the workplace or in education or on the streets. Institutional racism, for him, is imaginary, whilst racism at an individual level is not what it was.

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Kill the Bill: Anyone Who Says Protests Are Counterproductive Is Expressing Their Own Preferences | Opinion

UK. There are currently a lot of people saying that protesting right now, or protests that are partly violent or that encounter police violence is counterproductive. There is absolutely no historical or social scientific basis for making such claims. Those who make them are pretty much always just expressing their own preferences.

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Bristol, UK: I had my hands up – My first experience with police brutality

C/W: Police brutality, injury description.

UK. Bristol. On Friday night, approximately 2000 protesters showed out in Bristol, once again to demand the government kill the bill. Much like the protest on Sunday, it started with marches and chanting, and much like on Sunday and Tuesday, it ended with police beating the shit out of us. 

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His Master’s Voice – police violence and the media [UK]

UK. If one was to base their understanding of how the police in Britain operate on how the mass media report it, then the police are a fine bunch of people, currently under siege from the forces of anarchy, and mindless hooligan elements, who are bent on needless violence. And last weekend’s demo in Bristol against the policing bill, according to the BBC, ITN, Sky News and every single national newspaper, told exactly that story. According to them, parroting the cops’ narrative, officers suffered broken bones and punctured lungs. However, a few days later, it became apparent that this was a made up story. In fact, the local hospital treated multiple victims of police violence and… ahem… zero injured police officers.

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