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XR blockades private jet airport ahead of Davos talks

The action this morning, targeting business tycoons flying out of Farnborough, aimed to highlight the environmental damage being done by privileged groups generating vast amounts of pollution for the sake of luxury travel. More than a dozen people used a variety of methods, including arm tube locks and tripods, to lock down key entrances to the specialist…

University asylum, campus cops and student struggles in Europe

Anarchist students consider New Democracy’s intervention in Greek universities in the broader context of an EU-wide remaking of education on neoliberal lines. This is the second of a two-part series: Part one, Greek Cops Out of our Universities! is here. This article is an analysis of educational restructuring, the violation and attempt to abolish…

Interview with a Finnish anarchist

Yavor Tarinski of Greek libertarian journal Aftoleksi interviews Antti Rautiainen, from Finnish antiauthoritarian group A-ryhmä, on the latest developments in Finland as it applies for Nato membership. YT: Hello, can you introduce yourself (where are you from, where you participate)? AR: I live in Helsinki, Finland, and participate in local anarchist…

Manchester’s Persons Unknown Festival blasts back into action

From May 13th to 16th the Persons Unknown Festival returned, after a three-year break, to the same venue used for its inauguration back in 2019. For three days the disused swimming baths and leisure centre in Chorlton, Manchester, was transformed once again into a hub of art, activity and anarchism that is rapidly rising to become a serious contender…

To live the impossible dream: an introduction to ACitN

Warren Draper delves into the thinking behind ambitious anarchist project A Commune in the North (ACitN). It would be hard for anyone who has been involved with anarchism, cooperatives or radical ecology over the last three decades not to have come across the legend that is LeedsCath. If you are a zine lover, you have likely held a zine printed by her…

Notes from the US: GOP’s vexed relationship with the law

Louis further rounds up goings on across the pond. Trump’s personal lawyer, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, deliberately failed last week to appear before the committee investigating the insurrection on January 6 last year – which was incited (and probably organised in part) by Trump. Giuliani made it clear that he had no intention of obeying…

Elbit arms firm’s hub shut down in Bristol

In its latest action against Elbit Systems, Palestine Action stormed the Israeli weapons maker’s flagship premises yesterday, occupying both the inside of the facility and the roof to mark Nakba Day. The well-executed plan saw a group of activists set up a lock-on to block the road outside the building while others moved into the building’s interior…

Met raid run out of Dalston after attacking locals

An ill-advised immigration raid launched on a sunny Saturday in Dalston, London turned ugly yesterday after police officers attacked large crowds who’d turned out to oppose it. The high street raid, which kicked off at around half-six as people thronged the street getting dinner or going out for the evening, was picked up almost immediately and sent…

‘In absence there is greater presence’

Farrah Akbik reflects on the aftermath of the shooting of journalist Shereen Abu Aqleh by Israeli soldiers and the incredible disrespect which has been shown. I was on the bus on my way to work … Al Jazeera echoing in my ear. I picked up the Metro newspaper and turned page after page after page, scanning for her name, anything. Some sort of recognition…

Greece: Cops out of our universities!

The fundamental aim of authority in Greece is to reconfigure the university from a space of political resistance to an institution for those who have the class position to support their admission and attendance. The state administration has been unfolding its plan with repressive strikes, measures to intensify studies and legislation. Among these Law…

Bailiffs denying vital air supply, say HS2 tunnelers

Protectors at the two Bluebell Woods camps near Swynnerton in Staffordshire have come under siege from bailiffs as efforts to drive them out of the area escalate. The woodland, just south of Stoke on Trent, is slated for destruction as part of the controversial high-speed rail mega-engineering project’s Phase Two preparations and has been contested…

Bitter dispute at St James Tavern

Bar staff at the well-known Brighton watering hole are balloting to down glasses on zero-hours low pay contracts — and potentially sue bosses over alleged harassment, sexism and transphobia. The workers, who are organised with UVW, say they have been subjected to mistreatment for a long time, alongside poor working conditions. The situation was so…

Germany: Rounding up the Munich Raids

Bavarian comrades round up details on what happened at the end of last month, when police raids against anarchist-linked apartments and spaces, including the Frevel library, took place in Munich. On Tuesday April 26 coordinated raids were carried out against anarchists from Munich, on charges of forming a criminal organisation (§129). Four apartments…

Before Solzhenitsyn: A long review of Berkman and Goldman

In this lengthy essay, based in a review of Sasha and Emma, Raymond Solomon looks at the politics, and personal histories of two iconic anarchist figures — and the context in which they led their lives. Sasha and Emma: The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman by Paul Avrich and Karen Avrich Pub: Harvard University Press, 2013 528pp…

Toby Shone and the spectre of ‘anarchist terror’

Having failed last year to show its much heralded “anti-terror” raids against anarchists in 2020 were justified, the State last week lost a second bid to silence their main target, Toby Shone. The cops’ attempt at targeted repression, using anti-mafia laws against someone unlucky enough to have had drugs in his home during the raids, is just the…

France: Our Future Belongs to Us

The following text, first published at Paris-Luttes is taken from an as yet unpublished pamphlet produced in the wake of the French elections. Its authors intend to release further chapters in due course. “The sheep go to the slaughterhouse. They say nothing to each other, and they hope for nothing. But at least they don’t vote for the butcher who…

Immigration raid foiled as hundreds block their way

Scorsby was on the ground at yesterday’s spectacular, and successful, effort to deter an immigration raid in Edinburgh. At around a quarter to six the first call-outs began. An immigration raid van had been spotted outside a popular restaurant in the centre of Edinburgh and people were calling for assistance. By 7.30pm over two hundred people had…

Natural Born Liberationists

Thoughts from the TLC There’s a famous vegan thought experiment which asks people to envisage putting a rabbit and a strawberry in a pushchair with a small child. We’d expect to see the child pet the rabbit and eat the strawberry. We’d be horrified if the child took a bite out of the rabbit and would most likely book them in for counselling. Violence…

Riot and SCPO cases head to Bristol Crown Court

Two Bristolians accused of riot have been up in court this week in the latest of a series of cases related to Kill the Bill protests in 2020, while in a separate case anarchist prisoner Toby Shone is facing years of heavy surveillance via a Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO). Indigo and Kadeem The controversial Bristol riots series of trials have…

Ukraine dispatch: Easter with Kyiv’s Punks

In the third of his frontline video reports, Alexis Daloumis considers the strangeness of a broken semi-normality that has returned to Kyiv amid the ongoing war. This is the third video dispatch produced for Freedom. The first (here) interviews eastern-European anarchists on their views about the war. The second (here) focuses on the international mobilisation…

UK Elections 2022

Jon Bigger rounds up the local electoral drama and the jamboree’s implications for the various political factions. For the last few months the local elections, taking place this Thursday, have been discussed as being vitally important to the future of Boris Johnson. This is part of a theme in UK politics as partygate fails to deliver a fatal blow…

They started the revolution without you… but you are welcome to join in

Easter weekend I was transported to a vision of the future. Not in some vague, William Morris, utopian way (although, all power to that!.. we definitely need more utopian visions to counter the pathological cynicism of dystopian fun-sponges), but in a very real, practical and inspiring way. The host for our latest DIY Alliance (DIYA) meeting was the…

Ukraine video dispatch: Anarchists Against Putin – International Anarchist Mobilization

Freedom is pleased to present the next Ukraine video dispatch produced for us by film-maker and journalist Alexis Daloumis. Alexis spent last few weeks in Kiyv, and previously you may have heard of him due to his other production, Belkî Sibê: A Journey Through The Syrian War and Rojava Revolution. (zb) The main piece of my reportage in Poland and…

Four workers at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine suspended after peacefully protesting pay discrimination

At least four cleaners who attended a peaceful protest at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) have been informed they will be suspended from work pending investigation. Cleaners, security guards and porters protested last Thursday at LSHTM after the University committed to bringing outsourced workers in house, but planned to pay…

Why has Julian Assange lost in the High Court, where Lauri Love won, and what could this mean for Journalism?

This article is not about Julian Assange as a person, nor about his political or social attitudes, nor previous criminal allegations. Rather this article is about the consequences of US imperialism and the future of any journalism that intends to hold the decreasingly hegemonic superpower of the United States to account for crimes so vast that one can…


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