Weekly round-up blog: 2 November

The week around the web and upcoming actions, with Izzy Koksal

November 2, 2012 · 4 min read

The No Dash For Gas activists who occupied two chimneys of the UK’s newest gas fired power station on Monday are still up there almost a week on. This morning 8 came down from one of the chimneys in order to preserve supplies for the remaining 6. You can follow their antics on their twitter and facebook sites. These social media savvy folk have also been making youtube videos of life up on the chimney. Ewa Jasiewicz explains why they’re up there and Danny’s blog also gives some good arguments against the dash for gas, however, Tory minister John Hayes comments this week on wind turbines – ‘enough is enough’ – also sums up quite nicely the need for more direct action like this.

Meanwhile, in Bristol, Boris Johnson was being followed by people shouting ‘Tory Scum’ at him. He turned around and meekly responded with ‘Lefty Tossers’ – but his heart wasn’t really in it. This is a joy to watch and we need more of it.

In other street politics video news, the team behind The Revolution will be Televised have taken on promoting Barclay’s food speculation to passers-by. Turns out that most people think profiting from others people’s hunger is not a good idea. Armed police turn up

This week saw the conclusion of the Fortnum and Mason appeal with 5 people having their appeals accepted whilst the other 4 had their conviction for ‘intent to intimidate’ upheld. How the law decided that 5 people entered the shop in a non-criminal way whilst the other 4 people’s entry was criminal…Alfie and Zak’s retrial continued this week with a heavy police presence around the protest in support of Alfie and Zak and a heavy police presence inside the court room intimidating the supporters.

A local community and supporters are resisting the attempt by Lambeth council to sell off their co-operative housing. The irony of the self-declared ‘co-operative council’ attempting to destroy a co-operative project has clearly been lost on the council. Housing struggles like these are emerging everywhere as the attack on our right to shelter intensifies. In the context of this housing crisis, other, more communal ways of living ‘look increasingly sensible’ Owen Hatherley argues.


Finally, here is an interesting and useful analysis of the English Defence League and the response of the left.

Events and actions

Lindela Figlan from Abahlali baseMjondolo speaking at various locations across the UK

Ending this Saturday ‘Noam Chomsky quotes: an exhibition of letterpress prints by Adam Burton’ at 201/ Unit 3, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9NQ

National Union of Students Activism Conference 2012, Saturday 3rd November, Goldsmiths, London

Justice for cleaners: Militant mobilisation against MITIE at the Tower of London, 1pm, Saturday 3rd November.

Anti-workfare protests will be happening in Brighton, Leeds, and Kilburn this Saturday. See here for more details.

Capitalism is Crisis: Another World Is Possible, 11am, Sunday 4th November, Ashbee Hall inside Toynbee Hall, 28 Commerical Street, London, E1 6LS

Liverpool City Council Budget Cuts Protest, 4pm, Wednesday 7th November, Liverpool Town Hall

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The truth wins out

Francesca Emanuele reports on recent attacks on Bolivia’s Movement for Socialism – and how the country’s voters were ultimately undeterred by disinformation tactics

Illustration of Algerian protestor by Intifada Street

Yetnahaw Gaâ! Algeria’s democratic resistance

Sanhaja Akrouf explains how the fear that stopped Algerians from joining the uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa in 2011 has now been broken

After the Spring

Despite the carnage of contemporary Syria and Libya, and the ruinous stalemate of Yemen, the euphoric appeal of what was once described as the ‘Arab Spring’ continues to feed revolutionary processes across the region, argues Toufic Haddad


Review – Asylum for Sale: Profit and Protest in the Migration Industry

Siobhán McGuirk and Adrienne Pine's edited volume is a powerful indictment of the modern migration complex writes Nico Vaccari

End SARS and Fanon’s mission

The uprisings against police brutality that swept across Nigeria must be contextualised within the country’s colonial history, argues Kehinde Alonge

In the shadow of student rent strikes

Outside the media fanfare surrounding the recent wave of university-based militancy, one community's fight against developers goes on. Robert Firth reports