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Issue No. 1850

Free to smoke in some peace

OVER 17,000 people assembled last Saturday for the Legalise Cannabis march and festival, which went from Kennington to Brockwell Park in south London. Popular chants included 'Free Iraq', 'Free the weed' and 'Peace not war'.

Marchers occupied the park and declared it a temporary state, dedicated to music and cannabis interaction. Only renewable energy and partial bio-diesel fuel were used due to the oil wars.

Barbara Capps

Enraged over Kirklees homes closures

ARMED WITH placards, banners and petitions, activists protested against the closure of five older people's homes in Kirklees, Yorkshire, on Wednesday of last week.

Kirklees Unison union branch and members of the Relatives Action Group for the Elderly (RAGE) staged a protest in the town centre of Mirfield, where two of the threatened homes are based. The protests will continue.

Pat Jones

  • Further details from Unison Branch Office, Queen Street, Huddersfield.

Refugees in Yarl's Wood trial

THE TRIAL of the defendants charged after the fire at the Yarl's Wood refugee detention centre in February of last year goes ahead in Harrow, west London, this week. Some 14 refugees were arrested and charged with violent disorder. They are pleading not guilty.

Contact the Campaign for Justice in the Yarls Wood Trial - phone 07786 517 379 or email [email protected]

Fight needed to save Corus steel jobs

WORKERS AND their families strongly condemned plans to close three Corus steel production sites in Stocksbridge and Rotherham with more than 1,000 job losses during the bank holiday weekend.

Pat Keegan, chairperson of Rotherham Trades Council and an ISTC union branch official, said that everyone in steel is under threat because of the contempt with which management treat the workforce. People in Stocksbridge eagerly signed a petition against the closures and donated funds for the organising of a campaign to oppose the job losses.

Nick Howard

Wigton campaigners shame Nazis

ANTI NAZI League members, trade unionists and others organised an angry protest against the Nazi BNP at last Thursday's election count in Wigton, Cumbria. BNP supporters were humiliated by the protest, which met them on the way into the count and caught them trying to sneak out the back.

This protest and the failure of the Nazis to win the council seat crowned a strong anti-Nazi campaign which followed the BNP national publicity officer Paul Stafford's announcement to stand.

Wigton-born writer Melvin Bragg and a Wigton rugby union player both gave anti-Nazi statements.
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Sat 10 May 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1850
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