Blowing the horn for refugees
SOME 80 campaigners protested outside Dover Young Offenders Institution on Monday of last week. This was the day it was taken over by the Immigration Service to become Dover Removals Centre.
Local activists were joined by campaigners against refugee detention centres in Campsfield and Yarls Wood, and by three carloads of people from France. Following a rally outside the gates of the prison 20 cars covered in posters and placards drove through town blaring their horns. We then marched along by the sea, joined by a number of local youngsters.
Mobilising against market
TRADE UNIONISTS in Northampton are mobilising for a march and rally against the sell-off of public services. The Anti-Privatisation Campaign Group held its launch meeting recently. Some 36 people attended, including 13 members of the postal workers' CWU union, and members of the Unison, NUT, Natfhe and FBU unions.
'It is encouraging to see so many public sector unions are now uniting to challenge the mindless and devious government policies regarding wholesale privatisation of our public services,' says postal worker Mick Fitzmaurice.
Northampton anti-privatisation march and rally, Saturday 20 April, 11am, Midsummer Meadow car park. Rally at Royal Theatre.
Blockading the roads in Bootle
AROUND 50 demonstrators blocked the main road into Bootle, Merseyside, on Friday of last week against plans to develop a landfill waste site. One resident, Joan, said, 'We'll keep protesting till the council reverse their plans. The site just isn't suitable near our schools.'
Docks fight privatisation
WORKERS IN naval dockyards were due to hold a one-day strike on Friday of this week over job losses through privatisation. Thousands of workers attended mass meetings at the Coulport and Faslane naval bases in Scotland last week.
Some 750 jobs will be cut if the two bases, plus those in Portsmouth and Devonport on the south coast of England, are privatised.
Ali knocks them out at festival
AROUND 400 people gathered to listen to Tariq Ali at Cheltenham Literature Festival last Sunday. It was a superb turnout, with people paying £6 to listen to the anti-war activist talk for an hour.
Tariq described Bush and Blair's war drive on Iraq as a disaster, and echoed Tony Benn's call for mass civil disobedience if they attack Iraq.
Satpal Ram moved again
SATPAL RAM, unjustly imprisoned for defending himself against a racist attack, has been subjected to his 72nd move. He has now been transferred to an open prison.
Write to Satpal Ram, HMP Blantyre House, Horden, Goudhurst, Kent TN17 2NH.