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Wall won’t stop us from twinning

ALMOST 70 supporters of the Camden Palestine Campaign packed into Daphne Restaurant in central London last Wednesday to attend the launch of the Camden-Abu Dis Friendship Association.

Israel’s apartheid wall cuts through the heart of the Palestinian town. The campaign aims to persuade the council to twin with Abu Dis.

Bath protesters flood the streets

OVER 50 local people from Brierley Hill in the West Midlands gathered for a rally and public meeting last Saturday to defend their local swimming baths from closure.

The local Respect branch was integral to the protest. The owner of the nearby Merry Hill shopping centre—Chelsfield—plans to bulldoze the baths in order to expand the centre and build a casino.

On Saturday baths supporters flooded the high street to win support for a rally at the Council House set for Monday of next week at 5pm.

Andrew Willetts

Step up fight to save Jaguar

WORKERS FROM the Jaguar Browns Lane car plant in Coventry were planning to step up their campaign to save the plant this week.

A demonstration in Coventry is still being planned. There also needs to be industrial action—starting at Browns Lane—across Ford, which owns Jaguar.

Clive Dixon, Browns Lane worker

Don’t let SITA use our site

RESIDENTS Against Rubbish continue with the campaign to prevent a landfill site being opened in a disused quarry opposite their homes in Stargate in the north east of England.

Around 20 campaigners attempted to use a public footpath which runs through the quarry last week.

Four security guards employed by SITA, the company which has been granted planning permission by Gateshead council, stopped the protesters from entering the site.

Tony Dowling

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A loud call to all council tenants

THE NEW eight-page Defend Council Housing newspaper leads on John Prescott conceding a review of housing finance options for local councils as an alternative to privatisation.

You can order copies for £18 per 100 or £100 per 1,000.

Tenants should call on councils to freeze their housing options appraisals until Prescott announces the outcome of the review. They should also organise a delegation of tenants and trade unionists and invite councillors to the national Defend Council Housing conference on Friday 29 October.

Go to www.defendcouncil

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Wed 13 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1923
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