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Issue No. 1740

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THREE HUNDRED and fifty people demonstrated against the closure of Govanhill pool last Saturday. The demonstration sat down in the road outside the pool for five minutes and then went on to a rally addressed by Tommy Sheridan, the Scottish Socialist Party MSP.

AFTER SIX weeks and one day in occupation, police and bailiffs forcibly evicted Unity Performing Arts from their premises in Islington, north London, on Thursday of last week. The Liberal Democrat council is pushing through millions of pounds worth of cuts.


AFTER 13 days of withdrawal of goodwill, firefighters in Derbyshire have won an important victory after two major cuts were withdrawn from the budget imposed on the fire service by the county council. Andy Brickles, regional chair of the FBU, said that the action has strengthened the union in Derbyshire.

FORTY PARENTS attended a meeting called by a local school in Leytonstone, east London, last week to discuss the lack of parental consultation by the council with regard to the privatisation of school services.


PLANS TO close the vital women's refuge in Lancaster have created huge anger amongst ordinary people. Forty people attended a protest meeting last week. On Saturday we petitioned against the closure and collected 650 signatures.


OVER 20 people protested outside Newcastle council's applications meeting on Monday of last week against plans to open a lapdancing club in the city centre.


AROUND 80 protestors marched through Barnsley last week against the closure of Scout Dike Camp, the local outdoor pursuit centre.


AROUND 60 students from the London School of Economics heard James Mawdsley speak at a meeting of the college's Free Burma Coalition on Tuesday of last week. James had been imprisoned twice in Burma for protesting against the military regime. The LSE students union has withdrawn financial support from companies still investing in Burma.


AROUND 30 people attended the launch of the Save Our Bus Station campaign in Preston last Tuesday The campaign is against a plan by the council to make a deal with the Grosvenor Estates company to redevelop the town centre.

FOURTEEN PEOPLE attended a Defend Council Housing meeting in the Mount Florida/Battlefield area of Glasgow on Wednesday of last week.


AROUND 150 people attended a conference on refugees and asylum seekers last Friday in Manchester. Discussion was wide ranging but centred around the voucher system, which the Co-op, one of the conference organisers, participates in. The vast majority of delegates were against the scheme.

SOME 30 people attended the launch meeting of the Campaign for Palestinian Rights last week in Manchester. Hozan Zomlod from the General Union of Palestinian Students, Linda Clair from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Mark Krantz from the SWP spoke of why they supported the Palestinian fight for justice.

  • Jake Hoban

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Sat 24 Mar 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1740
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