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Earth First! gathering collective: To our friends from XR

In recent years there has been an explosion of activity in the climate movement in the UK. It’s inspiring to see so many determined to take action on climate change and committing themselves to fiercely defending nature. Extinction Rebellion (XR) in particular has brought in thousands of new people, shifted public opinion, and reignited a movement. There has also been exciting movement within XR, increasingly targeting those in the corporate media and fossil industries causing the problem rather than just creating public disruption.

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So-called conversion therapy for trans people: Being yourself is nothing to be “cured” [London, UK]

Protestors gathered in Central London today (Sunday 10th April), to protest against the Government’s decision to not ban so-called conversion therapy for trans people. The demonstration focussed on Downing Street from 1pm today, with organisers saying that at least 3,000 people had turned out in solidarity with trans people.

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UK: Update about Anarchist prisoner Toby Shone

Justice for Anarchist Prisoner Toby Shone!

UK. Anarchist prisoner Toby Shone is being held in the Category B facility HM Prison Parc, a privately run prison in South Wales, despite being in reality a Category C or D prisoner who was eligible for Release on Temporary License (ROTL) on 21 January 2022, according to paperwork he received on 26th March 2022. ROTL is home leave from prison in preparation for release. Category B prisoners are not eligible for home leave.

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Activists occupied mansion of russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska [London, UK]

London. UK. March 14. 2022. Squatters in London have occupied a Russian Oligarchs mansion – 5 Belgrave Square. Cops have maintained a presence outside, and support is welcomed.

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Channel Charades – On the Franco-British border: Everyone’s at sea

The widely publicised shipwreck off the coast of Calais on 24 November, which left 27 dead, drew a few crocodile tears from the sharks that govern France and England. A show of hypocrisy that does not hide the truth: the deadly closure of the increasingly militarised maritime border of the Channel are the first responsible.

Image above: “The real enemy travels by private jet not dinghy”. (Tag on a wall in Dover town centre, October 2021)

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From the horse’s mouth: the State monopoly of violence [UK]

As the Financial Times generally sees itself as the in-house newspaper of the boss class here in the UK, then it’s sometimes worthwhile dipping in to see exactly what our class enemy is up to.

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About the total surveillance order facing anarchist comrade Toby Shone [UK]

UK. Bristol. Even though the cops couldn’t prove their terrorism case against him after a four year investigation, anarchist prisoner Toby Shone is facing a Serious Crime Prevention Order that will legally sanction the criminalisation and total surveillance of him and everyone around him for years to come after his release.

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Bristol, UK: Toby Shone speaks from the dungeons of Bristol prison, explaining his case

Bristol. UK. Toby Shone speaks from the dungeons of Bristol prison, explaining his case.

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Ryan Roberts – 14 year prison sentence [Bristol, UK]

Bristol. UK. Ryan Roberts was sentenced on the 17th December 2021 at Bristol Crown Court to a total of 14 years in prison. He was convicted of riot and four counts of arson. Three of the sentences run consecutively and only one concurrently, hence the brutal sentence of 14 years. As it is over seven years, it means he has to do two thirds of the sentence. He will do just under a decade in prison.

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