Imperialism/Murdoch

A couple of video’s from a meeting I went to called by the Equality Movement earlier this year on imperialism. Worth a watch.

Also, this Tuesday at Conway Hall. Nearest tube: Holborn.

MURDOCH, POWER AND CORRUPTION – HOW DO WE GET JUSTICE?

Speakers include:
TONY BENN
MICHELLE STANISTREET NUJ General Secretary
TONY BURKE Assistant General Secretary UNITE
JONNIE MARBLES Comedian, Activist who “foam wahcked” Murdoch
MATT FOOT Campaigning Lawyer/Defend the Right to Protest
MERLIN EMMANUEL Justice for Smiley Culture
SARA TOMLINSON Stop Kettling Our Kids & NUT

Taken from the joint article in the Guardian on the 19th July.

Paul Stephenson’s resignation (Report, 18 July) confirms that the Metropolitan police has lost all sense of priority. Last week Assistant Commissioner John Yates explained to parliament that he was “too busy fighting terrorism to tackle hacking”. Yet the force also saw fit to assign up to 200 officers to Operations Malone and Brontide, arresting several hundred students for their involvement in anti-fees protests, subjecting them to dawn raids, long months of bail and even investigation by counter-terrorism officers. Last week Francis Fernie was jailed for 12 months for throwing two placard sticks at riot police during the TUC anti-cuts march. Charlie Gilmour was given 16 months for sitting on the bonnet of a car during an anti-fees demonstration. Haven’t Bullingdon Club members escaped scot free for worse?

Protesters have been demonised by the same Murdoch press which turns a blind eye to police violence. Defending his force’s excessive policing, Stephenson also attacked protesters as “thugs” and promised a “full criminal investigation” following the 9 December anti-fees demonstration. He led a force that dedicated far more resources to hounding protesters than investigating the real criminals employed by Murdoch. We demand that all prosecutions brought against protesters as a result of investigations by this tainted force and charging decisions by the Crown Prosecution Service be dropped and that an inquiry be held into the process that has led to punitive sentences being meted out by the judiciary to those already convicted.

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