Over 400 people turned out for three and a half hours of debate, discussion and videos last week around the theme of 'The case against the WTO', organised by Globalise Resistance.
Alex Callinicos was loudly applauded when he spoke against the war on Afghanistan and for a socialist alternative to global capitalism. The audience sat enthralled by a video of John Pilger's TV programme The new rulers of the World, and afterwards put a range of questions to him.
He spoke about how 'this war is a demonstration of the most powerful capitalist country on earth. It will accelerate what they call globalisation, which of course is imperialism under the cloak of a war against terrorism.'
The evening was rounded off with a student from Belgium urging people to go to the protests outside the EU summit in Brussels on 13 and 14 December. And over half the audience stayed to watch Genova Libera-the video of the inspiring protests in Genoa.
Around 200 people marched through the streets of Newcastle last week and protested noisily outside a newly opened lapdancing club. Demonstrators leafleted 'customers', explaining that this type of club degrades women, and perpetuates the idea that they are sex objects to be bought and sold for profit or entertainment.
The club, named FYEO (For Your Eyes Only), is a subsidiary of Surrey Free Inns, which owns a chain of pubs and four similar clubs around the country. Protesters occupied the building for a week, opening it as a community space, organising entertainment and workshops. Another demonstration is planned this week.
SOME 300 students staged a protest at Edinburgh University campus last week. Demonstrators occupied the Balfour Beatty site for the construction of the new halls of residence.
The most popular chant on the demonstration was, 'One, two, three, four, Balfour is a corporate whore-five, six, seven, eight, Beatty, we'll investigate.'
ALEX KONIG, Edinburgh University
People and Planet, Globalise Resistance and the Socialist Workers Party held a protest against the WTO at Warwick University last week. Demonstrators performed street theatre, acting out faceless corporations throwing the book at the world's poor.
Warwick University students are building for the demonstration in Brussels on 14 December.
Damien King, Coventry