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Issue No. 1734

Some 120 people packed into a meeting in York last week to fight proposals to build a shopping centre next to the historic Clifford's Tower.

A speaker from the floor was cheered when he said that Land Securities' mall was not a fitting memorial for the hundreds of Jews massacred on the site during the infamous pogrom of 1190.

The meeting called for demonstrations and direct action if John Prescott ignores the Castle Area Campaign's demand for a public inquiry, backed by a 4,600-signature petition.

Around 200 people attended a meeting in central London last week to protest at the torture and murder of political prisoners in Turkey.

The audience heard from the labour movement human rights delegation that visited Turkey last month. The delegation will hand a report to Labour MP Ann Clwyd, chair of the House of Commons human rights group.

Turkish military forces killed 31 prisoners when they raided jails on 19 December last year.

Prisoners have now been forced into solitary confinement cells and many are on hunger strike in protest.

The Barnsley Pensioners Action Group held a well attended meeting recently about the council's threat to charge up to £6.22 a week for their warden service.

This is on top of proposed rent rises. One pensioner said, 'The government is giving us a measly £5 rise in April with one hand, and now the council is taking it away with the other.'

Supporters of Unity Performing Arts Centre held an occupation of the premises from Tuesday of last week to save the project from closure.

Unity is a community project where black and ethnic minorities receive training in performing arts. Liberal Democrat controlled Islington council has cut the project's funding.

Send messages of support to Unity Performing Arts, 227 Seven Sisters Road, N4 2DA. Phone 020 7281 3961.

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Sat 10 Feb 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1734
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