Saturday 7 June - FREE THE FIVE! GLASGOW!

Saturday 7 June - FREE THE FIVE! GLASGOW!



On Saturday 7 June, Rock Around the Blockade activists in Glasgow, Scotland took to the city centre to protest against US imperialism's upholding of the convictions of the Cuban Five. Activists distributed literature on the five heroes, petitioned for their release and asked local people to stand in support of the political prisoners. Leaflets were also distributed calling on people to join the demonstration outside the US Consulate in Edinburgh, Scotland on 26 July to demand the release of the Cuban Five and an end to the US blockade of the socialist island. Venceremos!

Saturday 14 June - SOLIDARITY WITH POLITICAL PRISONERS OF IMPERIALISM!- BREAK THE CHAINS! LONDON!

Saturday 14 June - SOLIDARITY WITH POLITICAL PRISONERS OF IMPERIALISM!- BREAK THE CHAINS! LONDON!



On Saturday 14 June supporters of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! (FRFI) hosted a Break the Chains rally event in solidarity with political prisoners of imperialism.

The rally took place on the east pavement of Trafalgar Square, outside the South African embassy, where from 1986 to 1990 City of London Anti-Apartheid Group held a non-stop picket for the freedom of Nelson Mandela and all South African political prisoners and for the liberation of South Africa from the racist barbaric system of apartheid.



Break the chains was supported by individuals and groups, including:
* Kurdish comrades from Halkevi demanding the release of Abdullah Ocalan from his incarceration and freedom for Kurdistan,
* Rock around the Blockade and the Marti-Maceo organisation of Cubans in Britain who are both campaigning for the Cuban 5, held prisoner in the US
* The London Guantanamo Campaign, who spoke about Binyam Mohammed, the last Londoner in Guatanamo
* Crossroads Women’s Centre, who spoke about the case of Pierre Antoine Lovinski, a human rights activist who disappeared in Haiti last year
* Tyneside Community Action for Refugees (TCAR) who reported on the activity in support of asylum seekers in Newcastle, the Pledge of Resistance against dawn raids and the current urgent campaign to free TCAR member Mako Oumakani from Dungavel Detention Centre
* London No Borders, who are campaigning in support of detainees resisting immigration detention
* No More Prisons. who are organising a demonstration outside Styal Prison on 10 August to commemorate the life of campaigner Pauline Campbell



FRFI supporters spoke over the megaphone about
* the Lucasville 5 prisoners on death row in the US
* Mumia Abu Jamal, former Black Panther and revolutionary journalist, framed for a murder 27 years ago, on death row and still fighting back
* Palestinian prisoners and the reality of life in Palestine - particularly in Gaza -  where the whole population has been made prisoners.
* British prisons and the Labour government’s plans to vastly increase the capacity of prisons and detention centres to incarcerate the poor and working class
* the importance of standing in solidarity with the oppressed and imprisoned of the world against the barbarism of capitalism and imperialism and Britain’s ongoing vicious war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan
* the racist nature of imperialism in the US where one in nine black men aged 20-34 is behind bars

Towards the end of the rally we received news of an uprising at Campsfield Detention Centre, which we announced on the megaphone. FRFI sends solidarity greetings to the detainees and all those in struggle against detention and imprisonment.



Break the chains!
Solidarity with all political prisoners of imperialism!

Saturday 14 July - Lloyds TSB: Hands off Cuba! London!

Saturday 14 July - Lloyds TSB: Hands off Cuba! London!

RATB tells Lloyds TSB: Hands off Cuba!

On Saturday 12 July, members and supporters of Rock around the Blockade (RATB) held a lively demonstration outside the Camden branch of Lloyds TSB bank in north London, protesting at the bank’s recent capitulation to the US blockade of Cuba.

Lloyds TSB has written to its business customers who deal with Cuba telling them they can no longer use their accounts to trade with Cuba. The letter states ‘I must advise you to find alternative ways of making payments to your suppliers with Cuban connections.’

RATB is calling on the public to put pressure on Lloyds TSB until they state in writing that they will not discriminate against British companies who legitimately trade with Cuba. We oppose these bullying tactics against British companies who legitimately trade with Cuba and we stand in solidarity with the Cuban people, against attacks and attempts to isolate them.

About the US blockade For almost 50 years the US has imposed an illegal blockade of Cuba. The Helms Burton Act, 1996, the latest addition to the blockade legislation, makes foreign companies who invest in Cuba liable to prosecution in the US. This followed legislation making it illegal under US law for US-owned subsidiaries in third countries to trade with Cuba. The US blockade of Cuba has been condemned by 16 consecutive votes in the United Nations General Assembly. In 2007, 184 countries (including Britain) voted against the US Blockade of Cuba and only four in favour, however the US overturned this vote with their veto on the Security Council.

Contact RATB more details of these actions and other events: BM RATB, London WC1N 3XX 020 7837 1688 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit out website www.ratb.org.uk

Lloyds TSB customers and shareholders should write to:

Phil Markey Relationships Manager, Lloyds Bank, 25 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7HN



Patricia O'Muerte
 

Tuesday 5 August - Asylum is not a crime! London!

Tuesday 5 August - Asylum is not a crime! London!

Close down Communications House



Members and supporters of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! gathered at Communications House, Old Street in London, for the monthly demonstration against the British Labour Government’s racist immigration laws and the ongoing detention and deportation of asylum seekers. Communications House and other Immigration Reporting Centres are places of fear for asylum seekers, they may be detained without warning and sent to a removal centre to await deportation.

Over the megaphone, the message was loud and clear:
Close down Communications House! Asylum is not a crime!

Join us on the first Tuesday of every month in London from 1-2pm outside Communications House, 210 Old Street, London EC1V 9BR. For more details email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 020 7837 1688
 

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