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Some good news from the courts today!

October 10, 2011 Comments off

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Today saw a case management hearing for the upcoming trials, and what was meant to be some form of decision on the ‘Spartacus’ cases.  It was also a bit of a warm up for the barristers, Richard and Annabel, who will be representing many of the first trial defendants in court in November.

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VIDEO!!

September 19, 2011 Comments off

Those lovely folks at mumsuncut have made a Fortnum145 video: have a butchers!

No, Philip, we didn’t cause the riots.

September 11, 2011 Comments off

by @robsafar

Just no Philip.

The Telegraph have produced this marvellous little reportage on Sir Philip Green’s assessment on the cause of the riots . According to him, well, it’s our fault.

We’ve heard that he might be a little upset with UKUncut over some past tiffles, but that’s all water under the bridge. He’s so over that. He’s even gone so far as to say that there is a “necessity for peaceful protest” . It great that he’s on board with us that far, but his us(rich folk)-versus-them(bloody ingrates) logic isn’t what we’re about.

But it’s not just our fault. Oh, no. Ian Tomlinson is to blame too. The Telegraph goes on to report that;

His comments reflect the views of a number of retailers who believe that a change in police tactics after the death of a bystander in the disturbances surrounding the G20 summit in London in 2009 encouraged the looting.

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Spartaci, Spartacum, Spartacuses?

September 7, 2011 Comments off

I have put myself back on trial to support the F&M defendants because I believe the CPS has no more reason to prosecute them than they do to prosecute me. It is in no-ones interest to penalise peaceful protest. It is in everyones’ interest to support people who stand up against injustice.

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August 21, 2011 Comments off

The show of support outside court on Friday went better than last time – nobody was threatened with arrest (as far as we know)!

A huge thank you to everyone that came, your support is surely appreciated.

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August 2, 2011 Comments off

In July MumsUncut held a tea party in Southampton to raise funds to help with the FM145 campaign. It was super fun and we raised £148. We hope our fundraising campaign continues well, and it’s a good job that we have a lot less work to do now (that they’ve dropped 115 cases)!

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Is this what British journalism has come to?

July 19, 2011 Comments off

Have you seen this? The Daily Express has posted this disgusting article , slandering protesters.

We wanted to be able to get you all to submit an official complaint to the Press Complaints Commission , but apparently the Express will no longer be covered by Press Complaints Commission as they’ve stopped paying into Press Standards Board of Finance , which funds the regulator.

Ah well. Social media seems to be the regulator of today, anyway.

How about we let the Express know what we think of them via Twitter instead ?

EDIT : You could also phone up their newsdesk, if you feel like you have anything to say to them: on 0207 098 2982

July 7, 2011 Comments off

that the prosecutors might drop a “significant” number of cases.

This has yet to be officially confirmed, but it’s sounding promising – especially given the recent news that charges have been dropped against all youth defendants as it wasn’t in the public interest to continue with the proceedings .

This would somewhat strengthen the cases of any remaining defendants:

Mike Schwarz, a solicitor at Bindmans, which represents around 110 of the activists, said “all cases should be discontinued”. He said: “There is nothing significant to distinguish any one defendant from another. That is the nature of peaceful civil disobedience.”

We’re looking forward to hearing more about this and we’ll keep you posted!

July 5, 2011 Comments off

Watching Twitter has been a great way to keep tabs on the Support the Right to Protest solidarity action today!

People on Twitter have been posting updates and comments, like this one from @HeardinLondon:

Ironically outside the @FM145 trial about the right to protest peacefully, folk are being told they will be arrested if they protest. #fm145

So they’ve taped up their mouths (apparently making it not a protest ) and have linked arms outside the court, reminiscent of the protesters leaving Fortnum and Mason together and unified.

We’ll post more information about how the trial went as soon as we hear. For now, though – thanks!!

July 2, 2011 Comments off

Yay!

The Independent has written a huge, front page article about the plight of the Fortnum 145 and we really appreciate this story being told fairly .

You can read the article online at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/pressure-mounts-to-drop-charges-against-nonviolent-protesters-2305587.html

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