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Tahrir Square in February 2011

There is a peculiar trend within the activist community that all occupations, all protests, and all protesters must be defended at whatever cost from the tyranny of the state. That’s a fair enough stance to take, though I think given our manpower compared to that of the state, that’s too optimistic for me to agree with. What annoys me however, is when people ordering me to get to whatever occupation of five is being threatened by police this time assume that, if I don’t immediately head down there, its because I’m just staying in my nice warm house because I can’t hack “real activism”. The fact that I’m not at Occupy!Manchester sitting in a tent is because I’m just not good enough.

I can’t hack it? Yeah? Were you kettled for eleven hours until 1am while the police started snatching everyone who got too near them, and then when you got out, spent the night punctuated with warnings of police raids, sleeping on a freezing cold office floor under a foil blanket? Have you been a medic the night that the police tear gassed a rave and had to stay up ’til 3 in the morning in a Danish winter telling drunk and pissed off person after drunk and pissed off person to take their clothes off before entering our accommodation? Have you ever had to spray antacid into the eyes of someone who’s been pepper sprayed while they have a panic attack? Have you ever launched yourself at a policeman who’s threatening one of your friends and forcibly dearrested him? Have you ever formed a line with a whole bunch of strangers and waited as column of riot cops slowly march towards you with the express intention of knocking the crap out of you?
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Please see below for a shout-out for witnesses by two of my friends who got beaten up and nicked by the police on the 9th December at the student protests. They need help, so please spread widely!

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Help Wanted With Our Defence

Were You at the 9th of December Student Fees Protest?

Did You see:

A police officer fall off his white/grey horse in Broad Sanctuary at around 3:30pm and the events leading up to it? (around the time of the first police horse charge into the students)

These two students interacting with a German male protester in Parliament Square earlier in the afternoon?

Student A Student B
6’1″ Tall with shoulder length black/purple hair wearing a black jacket, black trousers, V for Vendetta mask, Russian style hat and carrying a black and white rucksack. 6’3″ Tall with waist length brown hair, wearing a green fleece jacket, black/dark blue jogging bottoms, V for Vendetta mask and carrying a black rucksack.

If you have any information please contact
JenniferHilliard@hotmail.com – TEL 0774 60 60 551

Basically, did you see this happen?

If so, please get in contact. My friends are in a lot of trouble because of police lies. We need the truth to get out.

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Reclaim your Night: Feminist Chants for Marches, Protests, and Parties

April 10, 2011

Here is a list of helpful, feministy chants for every occasion you might need to shout down patriarchy. Hannah Paterson, the amazing Welfare Officer of UMSU, compiled these, but she wanted a wider audience. Fly, my pretties, fly! Chant and cheer and win us our rights! Oh you know. You might find these useful. *shrugs* […]

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On Aaron Porter and those anti-semitic comments

January 31, 2011

So, 4000 people marched in Manchester on Saturday against the cuts to education with the TUC, the NUS, EAN, NCAF, Manchester Against Cuts and Fees, and I’m sure a whole bunch of other organisations as well that felt like telling people to go march on the 29th of January. Instead of covering that, or the […]

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A response to a former student regarding student demonstrations

December 15, 2010

I regularly get messages through the contact form on my website in reference to my blog posts. This morning, I got an email from someone who had read this article and decided that I was spending too much time drinking and not enough time studying on the basis that I had spent much of the […]

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No Confidencing Aaron Porter

December 14, 2010

Following the fun and games of the vote in the House of Commons on the proposed tripling of tuition fees on the 9th December, 2010, Sean Rillo Raczka has very kindly written a model motion to put through your union general meeting/council/executive to bring about a motion of no confidence in Aaron Porter, NUS President. […]

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Response from the Arndale centre re Vodafone

December 2, 2010

As you may remember, the Vodafone protest on the 30th October went well except for the security guard who was incredibly rude and unprofessional to myself and a colleague. When we emailed the Arndale centre, the General Manager gave us a prompt reply saying he would investigate the matter. Four weeks, one reminder email and […]

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We marched on Wednesday, we strike on Tuesday!

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Last Wednesday 100,000 students marched in protest all over the country with absolutely no encouragement from the NUS or any of the usual “student leaders”. That’s AMAZING. I helped to organise the Manchester demo, and we printed out leaflets for 800 – 5000 people turned up to march from every university and college in Manchester […]

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Some perspective on Millbank, the NUS, and its aftermath

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I’ve been a bit mean about the NUS and its hypocritical, lying, self-serving excuses for “leaders” lately, and I wanted to clarify some things. To coin a standard slimy politician phrase, let me be absolutely clear: we need a national co-ordinated student movement to campaign on behalf of students, to advocate for students, and to […]

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Violence at the NUS/UCU National Demonstration

November 11, 2010

I am writing this after 20 hours of travel and protest but I wanted to get out some quick thoughts on the issue of violence at the demonstration yesterday. But take a look at the video above and tell me: does this look like a “tiny despicable minority ruining it for the others” to you? […]

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