Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Next RaHN meeting: Reminder / Update

Radical History Network (RAHN) meeting
Wednesday May 7th

How and why are the police used to try to suppress public dissent and any challenge to the capitalist ‘status quo’?

What tactics have protestors and campaigners developed to successfully defend public rights and struggles for a better society?


Kevin Blowe from Newham Monitoring Project on community campaigns resisting oppressive policing and seeking to hold the police to account.

Dave Morris on London Greenpeace - possibly the most infiltrated group in UK history. Despite that it was a highly effective campaigning organisation - the group initiated the Stop 'The City' anti-capitalist mobilisations in the early 1980s, and the global anti-McDonald's and McLibel campaigns in the '80s and '90s.

John Eden on campaigns against police corruption in Hackney in the 80s and 90s.

All welcome to come and share experiences, anecdotes, photos, archive material and general thoughts.

Wednesday May 7th
7.30pm, Wood Green Social Club

3 Stuart Crescent, N22 5NJ  (off the High Rd, near Wood Green tube)

From the security files, early 1970s vintage:-

How MI5 saw the Underground press...
... Solidarity
... and Anarchists



  1. There is a relevant article in the latest London Review of Books, VOL. 36 No. 10:
    The Killing of Blair Peach, by David Renton [pamphlet promised shortly] -
    "Soon after Blair Peach’s death, Commander John Cass, chief of the Metropolitan Police’s Complaints Investigation Bureau, carried out an internal inquiry into the killing. It found that Peach’s killer was one of six police officers, with one clear principal suspect, and that three of the six should be prosecuted for attempting to frustrate the
    investigation. Three weeks after receiving the Cass Report, the director of public prosecutions, Sir Thomas Hetherington, announced that no police officers would be prosecuted, either for murder or for conspiring to pervert the course of justice."
    See http://www.lrb.co.uk/..........

  2. See also:
    "The [LRB] piece is only an extract from a pamphlet, which is due to be published (with additional pieces by Soren Goard, Richard Harvey, Balwinder Rana and Susan Matthews) by Defend the Right to Protest in June."
    And for local coverage: http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/death-and-riots-in-southall-6009367