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The powerful forces ranged against Bristol protesters includes all the city ‘leaders’

This powerful article exposes the degree to which the powerful close ranks to protect systems of power enforcement when there is a perceived threat to power; A letter in support of the police, during the Kill the Bill protests, purportedly by the ‘City Leaders’ group was organised by Bristol Cit…

#KillTheBill – defendant solidarity, prisoners & resistance round-up

Today upto 7 people will appear at Bristol Crown Court on charges of riot arising from the first Bristol #KillTheBill protest back on 21 March, which saw Bridewell police station attacked after people fought back against police attacks that utilised vans, horses, shields, batons & armoured protectiv…

The #ImpossibleRebellion? Nothing is impossible – which is why our rulers quake in their beds when the people move!

The #ImpossibleRebellion has begun. Extinction Rebellion’s latest mass action – just in London at present – is set to run until at least 3 September. We noted yesterday that XR came about to confront the crisis that is climate change, and all its terrible impacts. We listed just some of the ma…

As Extinction Rebellion kicks off some more protests, a look at the issue they are wanting us to confront – Climate Change and we note – the only climate action that means anything is political action

The XR Bristol account just tweeted that ‘THE REBELLION HAS BEGUN’ as a banner drop at the Guildhall in the City of London happens: THE REBELLION HAS BEGUN ✊ @XRebellionUK pic.twitter.com/oJGKAsOyzx — Extinction Rebellion Bristol (@XRBristol) August 22, 2021 This article takes a look at the…

The Climate Crisis – How our political system failed us again and again

As the IPCC report hits with the unsurprising yet still shocking news that we are sliding into an uninhabitable planet for humanity, it’s time to take stock not just of how we got here, but of the choices our political system put in front of us instead of taking action on climate change: Over the…

The Riots 2011 – the debates continue and there’s a tv doc tonight

In August 2011 serious disturbances broke out, initially in London –  but then across the country, including in Bristol – after the police killed young black father Mark Duggan in Tottenham on 4th August. The police initially appeared overwhelmed. Mainstream media hysteria mounted and one of ma…

#KillTheBill prisoner support fundraiser – updated

Update on 6 August to crowdfunder set up by Bristol ABC on 30 July to support protesters in Bristol imprisoned on charges of riot and/or other charges, arising from the Bristol #KillTheBill protest on 21 March (others may face prison from later protests too). Crowdunder set up by Bristol ABC Prisone…

New Update on the #KillTheBill protestors facing the full force of the state

As the first jail sentences have been handed down to protestors, Bristol based prisoner support group, Bristol ABC issued a statement of solidarity; The crowd fought back after police officers attacked the crowd with batons and riot shields. Pepper spray was used indiscriminately, people were charge…

As first 5 protestors from the March #KillTheBill events face sentencing, Bristol ABC launches solidarity fundraiser

The first 5 protesters from the Bristol #KillTheBill protest on 21 March will be sentenced at Crown Court today – prison is a certainty for most; given the protests were there to struggle for freedoms for all, people are wondering if there is political pressure in the ‘legal’ protests here? Po…

As CPS ramps up charges, Bristol KillTheBill protestors facing jail time, groups call for solidarity

While the #KillTheBill protests may have faded in the media’s mind as they move on to other stories, for the protestors caught up in the state dragnet, the issue is far from over. Some disturbing moves in the charges laid against protestors, as some have had lesser charges replaced with the more s…

The Tyranny of Antivaxers

So yesterday saw a small(ish) anti-vax/anti-mask/anti-whatever in Bristol that was part of a rash of such protests across the UK driven, for the most part, by Facebook’s algorithm and its desire to keep the advertiser money flowing by cashing in on what ever bullshit will keep people glued to the…

As lockdown eases – more events are going on, so why not add them to our ad-free Events Listings, it’s free!

As the Tory lockdown eases amidst increasing infection rates for covid-19 (yes it’s all about profit before people!), more and more Events are being planned – both online and in-person. It’ll be up to you to decide what’s safe for you to attend, but if you are putting on an Event – why rel…

As cops arrest 2 more protestors, cops themselves avoid disciplinary action despite failings

The ongoing huge police action against protestors who came out to support our inherent right to protest, arrested two more people in their dragnet; 2 further arrests yesterday relating to first #Bristol #KillTheBill protest – 21 March, taking total arrests to 72. Like two thirds of those, these 2…

XR reminds people what is a stake as Bristol Airport appeal starts

Against a backdrop of a heatwave here in the UK, where the Met Office has issued it’s first ever heat warning for parts of the UK. First ever. And against a backdrop of growing climate chaos, so the wheels of planning turn to decide if a private business can be allowed to build infrastructure that…

Freedom Day gives COVID the freedom to rip though Bristol

Welcome to Freedom Day, when the people are free!* From today you are free to take part in the UK government’s massive experiment into ‘herd immunity’. It seems that the idea is that the virus will rip though the population but death rates will be low, so all good? Except, the vaccine is only…

Bristol #SaveSilwan Protest Today!

Bristol sees more protest today as part of the global #SaveSilwan protests. The backstory here is that Silwan is a neighbourhood in East Jerusalem which is, and has been for many, many years, Palestinian. However, because it is hard for Palestinians in Jerusalem to obtain the correct permits from th…

Bombshell report suggests cops illegally attacked protestors and failed to understand the right to protest

In a bombshell report by the ‘All Party Parliamentary Group on Democracy and the Constitution’ suggested that the cops’ treatment of protestors at both the Sarah Everard vigil in London and Kill the Bill protests in Bristol was totally out of order, including this revelation; The use of force…

Looks like #KillTheBill is back – College Green, 2pm, Saturday July 3rd

So this is doing the rounds on ‘the social medias’; “Looks like Kill The Bill is back. College Green, 2pm, Saturday July 3rd” Looks like Kill The Bill is back. College Green, 2pm, Saturday July 3rd.#KillTheBill #Bristol #BristolProtests pic.twitter.com/fEKFIBvkkZ — The Bristol Activist (@B…

Bristol Airport appeal gets a date – 20th July

The long-running saga of Bristol Airport’s expansion gets its appeal date to proceed; 20th July. The story so far is that Bristol Airport put in a planning application for an expansion to North Somerset Council, which rejected the expansion on the grounds of issues of climate, however the Airport…

Bristol Topplers’ Defence Fund smashes 50% mark

The fund, set up to support the defendants in the Colston statue toppling case, has smashed 50% of the target of £15K! At the time of writing, it sits at £8,187, so 54%. Here’s a reminder of why the fund exists; On 7th June 2020, ten thousand people in Bristol succeeded where countless petitions…

Bristol Airport is at it again on greenwashing

Bristol Airport is aiming to become the world’s first ‘zero carbon’ airport, which sounds positive, except when you learn that this ‘zero carbon-ness’ does not include the emissions of the actual planes. Yes, this is the purest greenwash known to humankind! As one Green Councillor commente…

Bristol has got a really high case rate of COVID19 so stay safe

There’s clearly an issue with the COVID19 case rate in the city. Looking on the official COVID map, much of the city is marked in the wine-red 400+ high! So much so that; Bristol’s director of public health Christina Gray has said we are “once again at a critical point in the pandemic”. With…

Bristolians protest for a free Hong Kong

From the #KillTheBill protests to yesterday’s Free Hong Kong protests show that the city is home to overlapping movements that same common values; of anti-authoritarianism. The #KillTheBill protests that rocked the city existed to stop the ‘authoritarianism-curious’ Johnson government from ena…

Statue Wars documentary shows what happens when the Far-Right consumes the Center-Right

So last night on BBC2 there was an hour-long documentary – Statue Wars – covering events of Bristol around the time of the toppling of Colston’s statue. It’s a good documentary, we’d strongly suggest watching it. Most of the story comes from the point-of-view of Mayor Marvin Rees, who, as…

Is Mayor Marvin Rees the hero of this story? Yes he’s part of it, but he’s not the hero of it. The people are.

Over on the Facebook page of Mayor Marvin Rees, there’s a post about an upcoming BBC2 documentary stating; #Bristol hit the headlines around the world last year With the #Colston statue now in M Shed, this week a behind-the-scenes documentary from David Olusoga shows how we worked to hold our city…


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