Globe, Trade Unions, United Kingdom, Workers

Defending the right to protest

As a result of austerity measures, a conference will be held on the 27th of October, “Austerity, Injustice and the Power of Protest” A forum for discussion on how to strengthen the fight in these times of repression, which is greater every day.


In Turkey, Brazil, Greece and Egypt, we see daily protests that aim to end the economic politics of greater multinational companies that govern these countries in an immoral manner and on behalf of a privileged sector of society.

This year, the conference hopes to be a forum for discussion on how to strengthen resistance to police corruption, racism, death whilst in custody and in the context of continuous struggles against Government cuts.

It will analyse how protest movements have confronted these attacks in the past and how society can be organised in the future. There will also be practical workshops informing citizens of their rights and suggestions on how to execute defence campaigns and effective justice.

Among the experts in attendance at this conference, there will be personalities such as Trenton Oldfield, a demonstrator who ended up in prison; the commentator, columnist and writer Owen Jones; Susan Alexander mother of Azelle Rodney; the defender of civil rights Eamonn McCann; Alfie Meadows; and lawyer of the year, Margaret Gordon.

As a consequence of the crisis that our own governments have led us into, the British people find themselves living through one of the worst periods in the history of their economy.

As always, an increase in inequality and cutbacks to public services affect the most vulnerable classes of society. As a result of austerity, the right to protest has been attacked by governments.

Groups like Uncut United Kingdom, environmental organisations and even students who protest for their rights, experience limitations to exercise their right to protest, an inherent right of the human existence.

There is also greater harassment towards black communities, to immigrants and the working class. From the “Stop and Search” laws to the continual scandal of deaths whilst in custody.

An obvious case is that of murdered Steven Lawrence, who was killed whilst waiting for a bus on the afternoon of the 22nd of April 1993. His death was clearly a racist attack.

Fourteen years later, the Macpherson inquest was carried out which revealed a cultural explanation of institutional racism motivated by the lack of treatment between white police officers and black communities outside the confines of the law.

Date: Sunday 27th October. Time: From 11am – 5pm. Place: WC1E 7HY London. For more information visit the website.

(Translated by Susan Seccombe – Email: ess.translations[@] – Photos: Pixabay


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