Count Down To May Day 2012 in Bristol

31 03 2012

Wow, quite a lot of cobwebs on this site, we brushed ’em off and dusted the place down as we figured it was time to get this blog going again. We have been putting all our time into our partner site recently and neglected this one.

The plan for this blog was that it would straddle all left leaning revolutionary groups but this didn’t happen in the way we hoped and as we didn’t want to just be running a front group it’s been shelved. But now, finally we have something to talk about.

Last week twenty-seven people including individuals from Bristol Anarchist Federation, Industrial Workers of the World, Socialist Party, Solidarity Federation, Socialist Workers Party, South West Against Nuclear, unaligned individuals and representatives of other events and student groups gathered to kick-start planning for International Workers Day 2012 in Bristol.

I for one, was really surprised at how well the meeting went. Turn out was far better than I expected and the meeting flowed pretty smoothly. We came to a decision to organise events on both Tuesday 1st May itself and then a second, larger day of action on Saturday 5th, as unfortunately in this country May 1st is not a bank holiday.

Lots of ideas came out of the meeting including a large central march as well as smaller local demos/events around the city. Others liked the idea of dong something fun to celebrate International Workers Day including plans for events and games in Bristol’s Parks and even live music or some sort of party. There were also some other very interesting ideas that it is probably best not to put up here quite yet. Our plan was to use the links the BADACA has with the Unions to organise a large demonstration. We also wanted to look to encourage single issue campaign groups and other organisation to organise events and demos to make it a week of fun and action.

Many people wanted to Focus on the NHS but at the same time be clear that all the cuts are an attack on the Working Classes.

Working groups have already formed to take on press, publicity, liasing with other groups, local events and writing a call out. As you can appreciate the first meeting of a large groups who don’t know each other well and in some cases actively avoid working together was mainly about idea generating. But such was the interest and energy to get things moving we set our next meting day for just four days later.

Obviously that doesn’t give us time to expand the invite to more people to come along to the meeting but our next meeting after that is Sunday 8th April, 5pm upstairs  at the Stag & Hounds on Old Market Street. (This may change so e-mail us anticustactionbristol@riseup.net if you are interested in getting involved or join this Facebook group).

See You In The Meeting Halls, See You In The Streets!

Individual from Bristol 1st of May Group





Punk & Politics Make Pigs Panic in South-West Towns

5 02 2011

Our sources report that the Police are using threats and intimidation in an attempt to repress anti-cuts groups forming in town across the region.

Yeah yeah, not exactly an exclusive we know. But we aren’t talking about the cops coming down hard on organised groups of international anarchists having secret meetings with their leader Chris Knight. In Swindon, Wiltshire police have been harassing members of their local anti-cuts group who have been organising stalls and giving out flyers about the cuts in the town centre.
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Anti Cuts Actions 13th – 19th

21 12 2010

Heres the latest of your (nearly) weekly updates on how the restiance is fighting back against the state bank and business backed attacks on the working class, students, elderly, disabled and just about everyone who isn’t them and their rich mates.

Monday 13th:
The Daily mail wanted to get its readers to vote against the students since the riots, however a backlash against the paper got them the opposite result.

Tuesday 14th:
The Education Activist Network holds a protest at the department of business against the cut of EMA.

In Italy blockades, riots and street protests errupt around the country as Berlusconi narrowly avoids loosing a no confidence vote. (remember, the movement is international!)
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Second Ben Brown interview about the protests

16 12 2010

Ben Brown: Footage APPEARS to show the royal car surrounded by demonstrators.
Ben Brown: Camilla, what happened to you?
Camilla: I was shocked by the demonstrators shouting at me and throwing things at my car.
Ben Brown: There is a suggestion you were rolling towards the demonstrators in your rolls royce is that true?
Camilla: Do you really think that half a dozen armed body gaurds in three vehicles really posed any threat to the demonstrators and children we were driving in to?
Ben Brown: You’re reported as saying you and your husband want to become the unelected heads of state, and this surely requires the subjugation of the working class?
Camilla: Look, subjugation, poverty, inherited privledge, these are just words!

Link to video of Ben Browns ludicrously bias interview with Jody Mcintyre: rolling towards police in your wheel chair.





Action Update 6-12th December

14 12 2010

Well, its a week that saw council chambers and the treasury stormed, gurilla orchestras and 12 year old boys facing up to the cuts, the coalition start to crumble, credit card websites taken down by wikileaks supporters, more new and ongoing university occupations than we care to count and fires burning around parliment.

So heres the round up for the last 7 days in the fight against the cuts, if you’re anything like us its getting hard to keep track!

Monday 6th:
– Art Against Cuts occupy tate britain on the day of the turner prize.
– Bristol university occupied
– Bath and Bath Spa occupied
– UAL occupied
– Bradford Uni occupied

Tuesday 7th:
– Demonstrators in newcastle storm the civic centre, occupy the council chambers, then phone libdem councilers and get them to come in, hear their demands and issue a statement opposing tuition fees. Not bad for a few hours work! Read the rest of this entry »





Action Update – 29th Nov to 5th Dec

7 12 2010

This is only a fraction of what happened last week. Been busy doing other things but take a look anyway. Sorry for missing out last week too, the person responsible has been handed over to the authorities.

Monday 29th November – Lewisham – Protestors clash with Police as they storm the town hall – More Info

Wednesday 1st – National – In London thousands of students and austerity cuts protestors took to the streets on DayX2 in another national day of action with many cities across the UK also having demos – More Info

Friday 3rd – Bristol – A group of 200-300 demonstrators, mainly higher education students attended a demonstration that went from the University of Bristol to the council house on College Green, where Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams was holding a surgery. They quizzed him on his plans for the upcoming vote on tuition fees after he went back on his pledge to vote against tuition fees. More info

Friday 3rd – Athens – 1000-2000 students march on the British embassy in solidarity for the struggle of British students. A few clashes with police, tear gas was fired and 5 arrests were made but all were latter released. there were very few injured. More rallies are planed for the next week.

Friday 3rd- Spain – Spain’s air space is clear of ex-pats migrating south for Christmas for the first time since Britons first heard of Menorca. Spanish air traffic controllers went on strike in protest over working conditions and plans to privatize some of Spanish airports. the strike was called unauthorized by the Spanish government who very quickly called in the army to deal with the situation. Juan Ignacio Lema, president of the air traffic authority, Aena, claimed that the air traffic controllers were ‘blackmailing the Spanish people’ even though other Spanish industry workers are planing solidarity strikes.

Saturday 4th – London – Libdems call off their conference on feat of protests – More info

Saturday 4th – Nottingham – Student March and Tax-dodger pickets merged and took to the streets of the city – More info

Saturday 4th December – In a national day of action called by Ukuncut against tax dodging corporations Topshops flagship store in Oxford Street, London was closed
along with Vodafone, Boots and Topshops stores closed in – Nottingham, Birmingham, Brighton, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Oxford, Newcastle and Haringey – with protests occurring in an additional 13 locations – Southampton, Stroud, Portsmouth, Lewisham, Reading, Wood Green, York, Liecester, Liverpool, Bristol, Glasgow, Cambridge and Edinburgh.
For more info http://www.ukuncut.org.uk

WE ARE EVERYWHERE!!!

Sat 4th – Sheffield – Students from University occupation and supporters anti-cuts march – More info

Sat 4th – Students from Brunel University protested at Vince cables surgery to protest against his proposal to raise tuition fees.

Sunday 5th – Bristol – A Few hundred students and supporters braved the cold for a march through Bristol. The cops has other ideas and prevented the march traveling more than a hundred metres. After a bit of running around the crowd was kettled and walked back to its starting point were it we forced to disperse under section 12. About 15-20 escaped the kettle to close Vodafone and picket other stores, even partaking in some street theater.





The kids are united : students take the streets of Bristol

25 11 2010

On wednesday the 24th, as part of the national day of action against cuts & fees anywhere upto 4000 students, lecturers and supporters took to the streets of Bristol. They planned to voice their anger at the coalitions plans, and the result was one hell of a good start. Heres how the kids in school unifrom taught the uniformed officers of the law a thing or two about demonstrations…

The morning began with a few hurried phone calls between different groups arranging to meet up, very quickly fears that today would be a washout were quickly aswayed.
“Where are you?”
“Still on college green, there are hundreds of people here seems like most of CoB college is about to march up park street!”

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