“Today Chandlers Ford, tomorrow the world!” – Gary Hazel, EDL Member

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On the 25th of Jan and with little more than a day and a half notice around 20 local antifascists turned up to oppose knuckle draggers from EDL groups in Bournemouth, Basingstoke, and throughout Hampshire outside the Chandlers Ford Methodist Church, despite claiming 40 Eddles only 20/25 managed to get there, even after weeks of preparation. Why at a Church we hear you ask! Well the Church had the cheek to hold an Muslim community event (so evil these people were they had a crèche!) Now in case you haven’t heard of Chandlers Ford before its biggest claim to fame is the 3rd largest Costa in Hampshire (which the cops made full use of their services cards) and having no links to ISIS. Pie ‘N’ Mash Squad and the Portsmouth fascist scene’s Jaco had been busy giving it the big one online (as always) about turning up but spent…

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Say no to McDonalds in Fishponds – you can object.

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Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair 21st Feb 2015.

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Fascists routed in Dover.

Picture courtesy of Berkshire Antifascists.

Picture courtesy of Berkshire Antifascists.

CALLOUT: 24 Hour email campaign to target wage-stealing boss

Industrial Workers of the World Dorset

24-hour email campaign to the Smallford Residents Association Monday 26th January Facebook Event.

Send an email to smallford [dot] res [at] btinternet [dot] com and info [at] smallford [dot] org

Complete the contact form here 

NOTES: Please read

  1. The Smallford Residents’ Association is not the enemy. Keep it polite. One email per person is fine.
  2. DO NOT make any phone calls, ONLY send emails to the email addresses listed above.

Email text:

Hi, I’m writing to ask you to clarify the relationship between the Smallford Residents’ Association and Craig Tallents. According to your website, Mr. Tallents was or is an officer in the SRA. I hope this is no longer the case.

Craig Tallents is the owner of the Leicester Square School of English. Over the Christmas holidays he permanently closed down the school without informing staff or students. He now owes – and is refusing to pay – his staff thousands…

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France: Migrants, Asylum Seekers Abused and Destitute.

Investigate Reports of Police Abuse in Calais, Provide Shelter.

Read full article on Human rights watch. Francais

A group of Iranian migrants and asylum seekers keeping warm in a camp in Calais in November, 2014. © 2014 Human Rights Watch

(Paris) – Asylum seekers and migrants living in destitution in the port city of Calais experience harassment and abuse at the hands of French police, Human Rights Watch said today. The abuses described to Human Rights Watch include beatings and attacks with pepper spray as the migrants and asylum seekers walked in the street or hid in trucks in the hope of traveling to the United Kingdom.

Several thousand asylum seekers and migrants, most from Sudan, Eritrea, and Ethiopia, are living in makeshift camps or in the streets in Calais. Some said that their treatment by police, a lack of housing for asylum seekers, and delays in the French asylum system had deterred them from seeking asylum in France.

“Asylum seekers and migrants shouldn’t have to face police violence in France, and no one who applies for asylum should be left to live in the street,” said Izza Leghtas, Western Europe researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Providing adequate reception conditions and humane treatment for asylum seekers isn’t only a matter of meeting legal obligations, it is also the right thing to do to help end the limbo for many asylum seekers in Calais.” More.

Bournemouth fascists blamed for doughnut famine in Chandlers Ford.

brammernoncingComrades in Chandlers Ford turned out earlier today to oppose a handful of heavily refreshed fascists who had come to shout at a Methodist church, apparently on the grounds that there might be some Muslims inside, prompting what must be the largest police operation the sleepy town has ever seen. The fascists mainly comprised Bournemouth EDL, inc Hazel and Whicher, a  dope fiend from the island, and some teens in parkas who turned up right at the end perhaps wishing the trains ran on time. Poor showing from Hampshire; Rob Brammer (pictured) was conspicuous by his absence, he seems to have disappeared from both the streets and the internet. Perhaps he’s been locked up, or just pissed off with the coffee money – if anyone knows, give us a shout, we’re almost interested.

The eddles made total cocks of themselves, having been drinking since mid-day, so that by the time they reached the church they were too pissed to chant coherently. A half-hearted ‘je suis charlie’ was intoned in that studied mockney voice they all put on. The irony of English fascists spouting pidgin French in support of a left-wing magazine lost on them. Apart from “eee edl” the rest of it was unintelligible across the serried ranks of plod and we were a good deal closer than the folks in the church. They took to shouting “go home” to people in cars who probably were, a bit rude when you’re from the next county. The residents were bemused, antifascists requested to mind their language by filth, because this is “a nice middle class area” – in case we’d forgotten whose side they’re on. The fantasist facebook group ‘pie n mash squad’ posted thisweirdos:

Whatever do they mean? maybe they had a barney amongst themselves in the pub beforehand. After about an hour the fascists’ charlie had worn off and they called a taxi. Our lot went for a drink leaving Costas and Waitrose swarming with Babylon, if you’re after a doughnut in Chandlers Ford tonight you’re out of luck.

Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch. Palestine in the aftermath of the Paris killings.

Dear All,

As you may be aware the situation in Gaza is currently as bleak as ever. Many people remain homeless following the massive destruction over the summer and are very vulnerable to the winter weather conditions. As a result infants are starting to die of cold and exposure. The Israelis have also continued to attack the Gaza strip on a regular basis, and unarmed farmers and fishermen are routinely shot at for merely going about their trade. As you may be aware Israel and the UK are both obliged to uphold UN Security Council Resolution 1860 on Gaza access which stipulates that Israel must open Gaza’s port, and facilitate free movement of goods and people between Gaza and the West Bank, and which obliges the UK government to make arrangements and guarantees to bring this about. This has not happened. This is in contrast to the UK’s robust action in response to other breaches of Security Council resolutions. Palestinians within the Gaza strip continue to suffer from countless other problems including mass unemployment and lack of access to safe drinking water.

In the aftermath of the horrendous events in Paris and the threat of extremism it is particularly important for us to achieve a just settlement for the Palestinian people. The Palestinians have demonstrated their firm solidarity with the people of Paris and in addition to statements released by both Fatah and Hamas condemning these senseless killings, residents of the West Bank cities of Hebron and Ramallah took to the streets in sympathy with the victims and a candlelit vigil took place in Gaza City in front of the French Cultural Centre. However, it is widely known that Islamic extremists use Western complicity in Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people as a powerful recruiting sergeant for their cause, and it is to be hoped that politicians in Europe and America will recognise this as a further reason to end the culture of impunity for Israeli criminality and oppression that currently prevails. The alternative scenario of maligning all forms of political Islam as ‘extremists’ and ignoring international law with respect to this issue, whilst continuing to provide support for on-going Israeli war crimes (in practice if not in theory) will only send more and more people into the hands of the actual extremists as it has the practical effect of making peaceful and democratic efforts at securing justice for the Palestinians and other Muslims in the Middle East look like an exercise in futility.

Although he faced fierce criticism for doing so you can be sure that David Ward MP was speaking for myself and millions of others around the world when he said that Netanyahu’s presence in Paris made him feel sick. People naturally react to what they perceive as unfairness and hypocrisy with frustration, anger, and sometimes (regrettably) violence. And whilst maligning human rights activists, like myself, with the audacity to point out uncomfortable truths might be one way of dealing with this issue it is not the right way! We can only hope that politicians in Westminster will recognise the moral and practical imperative, for both the UK and the Middle East, of addressing the current government’s hypocrisy and double standards with respect to these issues as a matter of urgency. In fact, coincidentally, when I last met with John Denham at the House of Commons he had just come out of a meeting related to security matters in which he had made this very point. I should stress, however, that this is not a party-political point and Sir Alan Duncan and Baroness Warsi have both made essentially the same the point that I am making.

And whilst there are many Labour MPs doing wonderful work on this issue there are others who promoting a very hard-line defence of Israeli aggression (and the distortions and misrepresentations of what is actually happening that are used to defend it). That said, we do of course want to make this an election issue and will be inviting all prospective Parliamentary candidates in Southampton to answer a simple questionnaire to let us know what they will do for the Palestinian people if elected, which I will be sending out to them shortly. I’ll then be sending you their responses to consider as a factor in deciding who you wish to vote for at the General Election. Obviously I will not be telling anyone how to vote because this is something that you will obviously be deciding for yourselves on the basis of multiple-issues.

*What you can do:*

Read Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s Gaza Crisis Update, and use the e-tool to find and write to your MP.

Consider making a donation to Medical Aid for Palestinians’ Gaza Winter Crisis Appeal if you’ve not yet done so.

Yours sincerely,

Adam Waterhouse, Branch Secretary – Southampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign Website Blog

On Sue Marsh, Maximus, and Moving On

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It is hard to accept when someone you trusted has stabbed you in the back.  It is unsuprising that there are those who cling to the – frankly fucking ludicrous notion – that the appoinment of a prominent claimant and disability campaigner to a highly paid role with Maximus represents a cunning plan by Sue Marsh to take down the system from the inside.  Or that she is still working for claimants really, not the people who are paying her £75,000 a year.  The sad truth is that seemingly nice people do shitty things for a lot less money than that every single day.  No matter what lies Sue has told herself, and us to justify this betrayal, do not believe for a second that it is Maximus who are being played.

Maximus are not idiots.  They are as slick a bunch of bastards as you are likely to find…

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Bus Action Group (West Dorset) public demonstration 19th January 09:30

If you have a vehicle join the convoy from the nationwide bus stop in bridport at 8.15am to Dorchester county hall.
Bus Action Group (West Dorset) facebook.
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