Tag: Protest

Hong Kong, or How Social Struggles Can Reinforce the Cartography of Capitalist Enclosure

If the debates incited by the 2019 Hong Kong Protest Movement, known as the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill (or Anti-ELAB) Movement, have revolved around conflicting interpretations that favor differently weighted readings of geopolitics and more fundamental questions about the extent to which geopolitics can serve as a reliable index for understanding local insurrection, the bulk…

Refugee Struggles: From Helsinki to Paris

Even if refugees have lost their political community, their “society of equals” comprising “reciprocity and commonness” and “mutual agreements and promises,” as Hannah Arendt says, they are able to become and act as political subjects. Refugees create new kinds of political communities through their collective actions. These events generate the “we” of political subjects between…

Humour, Security and the Stansted 15

‘Humour is not resigned; it is rebellious.’ Sigmund Freud ‘Humour’ On 28 March 2017, activists known as the ‘Stansted 15’ obstructed a charter airplane, preventing it from taking deportees back to their countries of birth. The Stansted 15 managed to immobilize the plane by sitting to its front and rear on the tarmac and locking themselves…

Police and Protest in the Banlieue

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On February 2, 2017, in the banlieue municipality of Aulnay-sous-Bois (North-East), 22-year-old Black man Théo L. was raped by a police officer, while three others were holding him. As of today, Théo is still at the hospital suffering of a 3.5-inch-long tear of his anus. The video showing the crime was quickly spread, provoking outrage country-wide, and making…

Boycott the National Student Survey

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We are facing a truly pivotal moment in higher education. This government is set to usher in the full marketisation of the sector, with a wave of reforms which represent the most drastic shake-up in decades. Under the new proposals, market-oriented metrics will be used to raise tuition fees even further beyond the current £9000…

#NauruFilesReading: Articulating the Violence of Australia’s Refugee Policy

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Film captures unsanctioned live reading of the Nauru files outside the Australian High Commission, London. This year Australia House, London, has been on the receiving end of a high level of protest activity over Australia’s policy of indefinitely detaining refugees on remote Pacific islands. Protests have ranged from guerrilla projections of the faces of dead…

Reflections on #FucktheTories

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To those who are arguing that people don’t have a right to protest against a government that was “democratically” voted in: Yes we do. This is a government which is waging war on the poor, the homeless, the disabled, the unemployed, immigrants, students, single mums and the unemployed, with devastating consequences. If you think that…

Australians overseas are calling for international protests against mandatory detention of asylum seekers

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For decades Australia has been the subject of international institutional condemnation that has focused on Australia’s policies of mandatory detention and off-shore processing of asylum seekers. In 2002 in the aftermath of Tampa, SIEV X, the spurious ‘children overboard’ allegations and beginning of the ‘Pacific Solution,’ the UN High Commission for Refugees articulated concern about…

A Right to Breathe

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When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.The air is taken away from us; “we cannot breathe”. This is a commentary which draws inspiration from an evocative piece of writing by Jerome Roos which appeared earlier in Reflections on a Revolution. The…

The Hunger Strike of Nikos Romanos

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We are currently witnessing one of the most beautiful and tragic moments of resistance in human history. Please join with us and sign the solidarity statement (link below) alongside educators, artists, philosophers and activists. We have now arrived at the 25th day in the hunger strike of political prisoner Nikos Romanos. He is still alive and fighting…

The Further Criminalisation of Student Protest

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Open Letter to the Registrar of the University of Warwick following excessive police action against student protestors. The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement has served as a reminder of the wider politics of austerity and its beneficiaries in the form of tax cuts and those at its detriment experiencing wage freezes and cuts in services and benefits. It was…

Politics in Times of Anxiety

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A guest feature first posted on openDemocracy that provides a preview of the issues and problems to be discussed at the conference, Politics in Times of Anxiety, University of Manchester, June 9 – 11, 2014. Politics in Times of Anxiety springs from the 9/11 attacks, when public safety and security turned into a central concern across…

Putin’s Dissertation and the Revenge of RuNet

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While increasing regulation and manipulation are restricting Russia’s online space, activists are still finding innovative ways to use it to uncover corruption, such as a site uncovering plagiarism among Russian politicians.The spectre of academic plagiarism by high-ranking officials is affecting much of Europe. Germany especially has been in the news: on 9 February 2013, the…

Dense Struggle (I): Violence and the otherworldly

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How can we make sense of popular struggles in this period of late capitalist modernity? What do the experiences, voices, and visions of groups involved in such struggles tell us about the actual functioning of our world — a world mined with growing inequalities, ever more intrusive levels of governance and managerial techniques, all of…

“We are not from another planet”: Justice 4 Cleaners Campaign and the Struggle for Recognition

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A con­ver­sa­tion with SOAS cleaners ahead of their strike action, 4–5 March 2014 The on-going struggle of the SOAS Cleaners for acceptable working conditions and equality in the workplace has received some media attention since its inception in 2007–2008. For a thorough and engaging analysis of the history of cleaners’ labour activism across the city,…