Israel: off your trolley. Newcastle 5 December 2009

On Saturday 5th December supporters of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! held a lively demonstration in support of Palestine to mark one year since Israel’s brutal attacks on Gaza. Using the slogan, ‘Israel: off your trolley’, protesters staged a rolling picket of high street companies involved in supporting Israel economically and politically.

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Don’t Scab on the Posties! One Struggle! One Fight! Defend Public Services! 4/11/2009

On Wednesday 4thNovember 2009, supporters of the Revolutionary Communist Group/Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! protested outside Reed Employment Solutions and Manpower UK employment agencies in Newcastle. Royal Mail have been recruiting temporary and agency workers through these agencies to scab on the postal worker strikes.

We demonstrated in solidarity with the postmen and women calling on people looking for work not to take these scab jobs and for the agencies to stop farming out the jobs of the posties. We demonstrated in solidarity with the demands of the postal workers who are striking over job cuts, changes in work conditions, pay freezes, recruitment freezes, an estimated £10billion pension deficit and proposals to privatise Royal Mail by 30%.

We picketed the agencies, spoke on the megaphone, handed out leaflets, got passer-bys to sign the petition and donate towards the strike fund and had a banner reading: ‘Don’t Scab on the Posties! One Struggle! One Fight! Defend Public Services!’ This got a lot of support from the public and was featured on page 2 of Thursday 5th edition of the Chronicle.

By scabbing on the postal workers it undermines their strike and their demands and sells out the long term interests of the whole of the working class for nowt but a quick pay-cheque.

It is important that we stand in unity against all of the attacks we are coming under as the Labour Party throws billions at the banks and the private sector while massively attacking the public sector in order to pay itself out of the economic crisis at the expense of the working class. The interests of the working class nationally and internationally are always going to be at logger-heads with the ruling classes. It is for this reason that the only way we can win our struggle is by standing in solidarity with all of those who are fighting back against attacks from the state whether it be the striking postal workers, mams and dads occupying their kids school that is threatened with closure, unemployed people who are having their benefits cut, people fighting against repossessions, the Muslim youth who fought the English Defence League to protect their community, asylum seekers and immigrants in their daily battle against racist immigration laws and fighting deportations, black and young people in their fight against police harassment, the Palestinian, Iraqi and Afghan resistance against imperialist wars and occupations.

The strikes may have been called off for now but this doesn’t mean that attacks on the postal workers have ended. We will be there to support their struggle when they take it up again.

One Struggle! One Fight!

Special Action Report: Newcastle - September

Special Action Report: Newcastle - September

Police Harassment and Rally for Democratic Rights in Newcastle

On Saturday 1st September Newcastle activists gathered at Grey's Monument for a Rally for Democratic Rights. In recent months there has been increasing police harassment of political activity on the streets of Newcastle, under cover of council regulations on collecting money. Despite clear exemptions under sections two and seventeen of the regulations, for collections taken at a street meeting, police have regularly demanded names, addresses and dates of birth of activists under threat of arrest, have issued formal warnings to two members of Tyneside Stop the War, and on two occasions have arrested supporters of the Revolutionary Communist Group and seized money and collecting tins, which have still not been returned. Whilst the police demand that political groups should obtain permits from the council, the council has stated in writing that permits will not be granted to collections for political purposes. There is a long tradition of political activity at Grey's Monument, but this is now under threat. One side of the monument has been privatised and fenced off in the last year as a seating area for a cafe, and now the police are trying to restrict political activity in the remaining area. Attempting to cut off funds necessary for effective campaign work is censorship by the back door, an attempt to drive political activity off the streets of Newcastle.



The rally was a positive show of unity against these attacks on our basic democratic rights, and was supported by large numbers of the public, including many working class people who know from their own experience the role of the police in keeping people down. Stalls were held by members and supporters of the Revolutionary Communist Group and its newspaper Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!, Tyneside Stop the War, Tyneside East Timor Solidarity Campaign, Tyneside Community Action for Refugees and other activists, all collecting money openly. Support was also expressed by local members of the CPGB-ML and Socialist Party. The police stayed well away from the event, not even sending a van to monitor the square as they do on many Saturdays.

On Monday 3rd September an FRFI comrade attended bail following his arrest on 28th July for 'obstructing a police officer', as he attempted to explain the legal advice he had received, that it was unlawful for the police to seize donations. He was released from bail without charge, and told that he would receive a summons in the post. Since the first arrest for collecting money in January no summons has ever been issued. Clearly the police know as well as we do that they would get nowhere in court, but are using the regulations on collecting as an excuse to harass and intimidate activists on a regular basis.

Our defence of democratic rights in Newcastle will not stop.

Defend the Democratic Right to Collect!
Stop Police Harassment!

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