UK Protest

On the Brink of Extinction in Russia

Anna Bacciarelli | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Anna Bacciarelli

With rights groups shut down, opposition activists shut away and those attending public gatherings and protests potentially criminalised, Putin's government is overseeing a human rights dark age for Russians - no matter what message their placard bears.

Iran: Persecution of Arabs Intensifies Under Rouhani

Daniel Brett | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Today, April 15, marks the ninth anniversary of one of the most bloody yet poorly known uprisings in the Middle East. The peaceful Ahwazi intifada against forced displacement, discrimination and persecution against the indigenous Arabs of southwest Iran in 2005 was met with extreme brutality...

Nick Clegg's Post-Budget Photo-Op Did Not Go Well (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK

Nick Clegg was forced to abandon a photo-call outside the Houses of Parliament, after a protester doggedly kept interrupting the deputy prime minister...

Cardiff City Fans Prepare for the First Big Unified Protest

Phil Jones | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Sport
Phil Jones

About a year and a half later than it should have happened, all of the principal bodies representing Cardiff City supporters are finally uniting in a protest calling for the restoration of the club's traditional blue and bluebird emblem.

A Rant About Facebook Ranting

Lucy Robinson | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Lucy Robinson

When a friend writes a Facebook rant it is as if they are vomiting, quite deliberately, all over your day. It starts like this:I'm sorry but... And it ends like this:..Right. Rant over!!!The 'Rant over' is, in many ways, more offensive even than the rant itself.

Protest Works - Eventually: The Anti-Iraq War Movement and Syria

Ian Sinclair | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Sinclair

The political elite has every interest in minimising and dismissing popular protest but it was the anti-war movement that played the crucial role in highlighting government deceit in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq and mobilising and educating so many people.

The Chinese Ivory Problem: Sometimes It Takes More Than a Little Crush to Fall in Love

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

At 11am this Saturday, many hundreds of people are expected to descend on Portland Place, London. Close to the maddening crowds of Oxford Street, and within earshot of the BBC, they'll have chosen to do something a little more poignant and powerful on their weekend than a trip to TopShop.

Why I Swapped Petitions and Placards for a Needle and Thread

Kirsty Morrissey | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Morrissey

I grew tired of always being against everything, traditional activism is a culture that exists in opposition to the world's wrongs. While positive thinking is constantly hailed as the optimum state of mind, here the aim was to draw attention to the negative. It was Twitter, normally happy to provide reasons to be disillusioned, that introduced me to an alternative - craftivism.

Founder of No More Page 3 Visits Warwick

Louisa Ackermann | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Louisa Ackermann

Writer and actor Lucy-Anne Holmes started the campaign in the wake of Jessica Ennis' incredible gold win at the 2012 Olympics, an amazing feat by anyone's standards and a rare opportunity for a woman to be recognized for sporting success in a world where newspaper sports pages are dominated by the boys.

Topless Protests Are Not the Answer

Nadeine Asbali | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nadeine Asbali

Please, do not dictate how Muslim women should feel based on your own limited and intrinsically biased worldview. Don't attempt to remould our entire paradigm. And especially, don't insult all that it means to be a feminist by implying that women need to show their bare chest in order to be heard.

Why Won't Our Universities Fight Their Own Battles?

Lucy Uprichard | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Uprichard

Students across the country, including myself, have engaged in a various means of protesting, including occupying buildings and building road blocks, as a means of objecting to the gradual privatisation of our Higher Education institutions... Rather than negotiate or create a dialogue with their students and staff, the steps taken by university management seemed to be united across the nation: shut down the protests and bring in the police.

EuroMaidan: One Goal, One Future and One Dream

One Young World | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK
One Young World

On 21 November a Ukrainian government decree suspended preparations for signing of the Association Agreement with the European Union. In the following days, the biggest protests since the Orange Revolution (or in Ukrainian "Pomarancheva revolyutsiya") were being held in Kyiv.

Unrest in Pungesti as Chevron Resume Fracking Plans

Stephen McGrath | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen McGrath

For over six weeks villagers in Pungesti, mostly farmers, camped round the clock in tents preventing vehicle access to an exploratory site targeted by Chevron for the possible extraction of shale gas. As a result, in mid-October the energy company temporarily withdrew its plans.

Bedroom Tax Protest in Glasgow Planned for 29 March 2014

Alan Wyllie | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

The Bedroom Tax was introduced in April 2013 to public outrage to a blatantly unfair policy. Tenants and activists warned of the devastation that the bedroom tax would bring; The debt, evictions and mental torment that would hit some of the most vulnerable tenants in the UK.

WATCH: Journalists Beaten Up By Ukrainian Police

Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK

Brutal footage and pictures have emerged of journalists being attacked by Ukrainian police in Kiev. A Euronews cameraman was pushed to the ground a...

Kiev Protesters Barricade Square, With Christmas Trees

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

More than 10,000 Ukrainians have already thronged into Kiev's main square Monday morning, after a weekend of violent protests which saw a column of ri...

Union Review Is Another Tory Witch-Hunt

Mark Serwotka | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

When direct evidence emerges of a conspiracy stretching back years to blacklist trade unionists and prevent them from working, no inquiry is deemed necessary. When a few wealthy executives are reminded of the damage their decisions do to people's lives, it is apparently a gravely serious matter that demands urgent attention.

The Internet: Fine for Shopping, Not Allowed for Important Stuff

John Coventry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Coventry

There was an in-depth look at global campaigning movement Avaaz in Sunday's Observer. Its founder, Ricken Patel, was interviewed about how it builds movements online to secure change. It was a generally fascinating piece, but the headline was bothersome to me...

We're Not Apathetic: Telling Us We Are Is Undermining Democracy

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

We're not interested in winding back the clock. We don't see the world as an epic struggle between capital and labour. And we don't have all the answers. Yet. What we do see is people being disempowered. And not just by the government. What marks out the political discourse of my generation is that we have organised against any power which negatively impacts our lives.

We Are Legion: Anonymous Take Part In Global ‘Million Mask March'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Members and supporters of the hacktivist group Anonymous are marking Guy Fawkes Day with a global 'Million Mask March'. Cities in Japan, Australia...

'Activism', For Better or for Worse?

Salman Al Jalahma | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Salman Al Jalahma

'Activism' is a funny little thing. A word that by definition means an action to bring a social or political change. However, most define the word as helping the greater good by rebelling against an establishment of some sort. And everyone is aroused by a little rebellion.

Inside the Occupation: University of Sheffield

Lauren Archer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren Archer

It was 6am when the lights came on and Rage Against the Machine started playing through the speakers in the University of Sheffield's Richard Roberts lecture hall. About 50 students from across Sheffield, including activists from the Autonomous Students Network, the Living Wage Campaign, the Revolutionary Socialists Society and others occupied the building at 7pm on Wednesday October 30, the night before the planned staff strikes...

Colombian Protests Show Cracks in Disastrous Economic Model

Patrick Kane | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Patrick Kane

Colombia bore witness to a remarkable uprising in recent weeks. Hundreds of thousands of small and medium scale farmers, miners, students, health workers, lorry drivers and teachers staged a national 'agrarian and popular strike' for almost 3 weeks, despite facing a military response by President Juan Manuel Santos' government which left at least twelve protestors dead and over 200 injured.

Cross About Crossrail!

Mik Scarlet | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

On Thursday 29 August I attended the first event of a week of action by disabled people over the many issues currently facing our community. The protest I made my way to was over Crossrail and the fact that several stations along the route of this massive infrastructure project were not going to have step free access...

Bahrain: Power to the People... But Where Are They?

Salman Al Jalahma | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Politics
Salman Al Jalahma

The calls for 'Tamarrod' in recent months hoped to mimic the immense support the 'Rebellion' movement received in Egypt, consequently reigniting the m...