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Twenty-one activists are being sued for an outrageous £5 million by power firm EDF Energy after they occupied two chimneys to shut down West Burton gas-fired power station for a week during October.
The chimney occupation was a statement against the government’s plans to commission twenty new gas-fired power stations around the UK.
Spurred by the urgency of climate change, fuel poverty and a lack of investment in renewable energy, the group felt ‘voiceless in a ‘democratic system’ in which big energy companies are directly influencing government committees writing policy on these issues.’
Drawing attention to the £1.6 billion profits EDF made last year, protesters feel that the law suit is an attack on the right to protest and an attempt to deter anyone from taking direct action in the future.
If the lawsuit is successful, then not only will some of the campaigners lose their homes and be in debt for life, but it could also set a dangerous precedent in law against the right to protest in the UK.
1) Sign and share the petition against legal action.
2) Help the No Dash for Gas Facebook page gain more likes than the EDF page
3) Tell @edfenergy your concerns and follow @nodashforgas on Twitter
4) Save the date: supporters pledge to ‘shut down’ EDF’s flagship Energy Conference on 1 May 2013
5) If you’re an EDF customer, consider switching and don’t forget to tell them why
Find out more on the No Dash for Gas website
The real story behind the fire in Grande Synthe’s Linière refugee camp, Dunkirk. From 'Bordered Lives – How Europe fails refugees and migrants' by Hsiao-Hung Pai
Javier Pérez De La Cruz writes about the working class Berlin neighbourhood wrung dry by gentrifiers.
Across the world, thousands of protesters are taking on the planet’s biggest fossil fuel companies. We should support them – and if we can, we should join them. By Kara Moses
Students are suffering the effects of financial instability, stress, and slashed mental health services. Mark Crawford reports.
They're not defending free speech - they're just seeking to shore up their own power, writes Ilyas Nagdee
How can the heavily-armed Israeli state claim to be victimised by one teenage activist? By Richard Seymour.
Governments are manufacturing a new 'enemy within', write Yasser Louati and Malia Bouattia
The online currency started as an alternative to the failed financial system – but as a huge bubble inflates and bankers board the bandwagon, Tom Walker argues bitcoin has drowned in greed
Oliver Lemon explores what a 'robot tax' could look like, and whether it's an idea whose time has come.
Nic Beuret, Anja Kanngieser, and Leon Sealey-Huggins explore the effects of the COP23 negotiations on the global south.
Jeremy Hunt is poised to flog the last of the NHS
Peter Roderick sounds the alarm on an 'attack on the fundamental principles of the NHS'.
Viva Siva, 1923-2018
A. Sivanandan, who died this week, was a hugely important figure in the politics of race and class. As part of our tributes, Red Pepper is republishing this 2009 profile of him by Arun Kundnani
Sivanandan: When memory forgets a giant
Daniel Renwick calls for the whole movement to discover and remember the vital work of A. Sivanandan, who died this week
A master-work of graphic satire
American Jewish cartoonist Eli Valley’s comic commentary on America, the US Jewish diaspora and Israel is nothing if not near the knuckle, Richard Kuper writes
Meet the frontline activists facing down the global mining industry
Activists are defending land, life and water from the global mining industry. Tatiana Garavito, Sebastian Ordoñez and Hannibal Rhoades investigate.
Transition or succession? Zimbabwe’s future looks uncertain
The fall of Mugabe doesn't necessarily spell freedom for the people of Zimbabwe, writes Farai Maguwu
Don’t let Corbyn’s opponents sneak onto the Labour NEC
Labour’s powerful governing body is being targeted by forces that still want to strangle Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, writes Alex Nunns
Labour Party laws are being used to quash dissent
Richard Kuper writes that Labour's authorities are more concerned with suppressing pro-Palestine activism than with actually tackling antisemitism