MSPs have passed what has been described as “Scotland’s most controversial piece of legislation”. The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill was passed on Thursday (11 March 2021) by 82 votes to 32, with 4 abstentions after a marathon debate of amendments on Wednesday. The legislation seeks to consolidate existing law and extends protection for some vulnerable groups with a new offence of “stirring up hatred”. Concerns have been raised about the potential impact on freedom of speech, with opponents arguing that the full implications of the proposed law have not been thought through. While supporting the principle of protecting people from prejudice, they argue that the definition of “‘stirring up hatred” is too vague and open to interpretation.
The West of England Branch of the Young Communist League has released a statement condemning prosecutions over the alleged toppling of the statue of a slave trader in Bristol during Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020.
Pasqueline Agostinho explains why Kamala Harris, despite her black and Asian heritage, isn’t a friend to the USA’s surging movement for racial equality.
Hannah Francis provides an update on the anti-police brutality protest movement sweeping Nigeria and explains how we can provide support and solidarity from Britain.
Since last weekend, protests have erupted in France’s urban centres against a newly proposed #SécuritéGlobale’ bill that aims to ban individuals from filming police officers. #Paris #France #Police 🔥🚔✊
On 20 October, the Lekki Toll Gate in Nigeria, after having been peacefully occupied by anti-SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) protestors for several weeks, became a site of massacre.
On Thursday (16 October 2020), the dubbed ‘SpyCops’ bill passed its third reading in parliament. 313 MPs voted in favour of the bill, whereas only 98 voted against it. Due to the overwhelming support it received in the House of Commons, the bill will now be passed onto the House of Lords for approval.
Increasing state repression of left and democratic forces should come as no surprise – and communists must be prepared to tackle it head on, writes Robert Daw.
On 31 August over 200 police officers from Germany’s special and state protections units raided 26 individual apartments in the Hamburg and North Rhine-Westphalia radius and targeted 22 comrades of Roter Aufbau. Upon being raided, members of the group reported that they were awoken by police with machine guns pointing directly at their faces. The raids involved a confiscation of technology, clothes and other items that the police deemed to have links to the supposed crimes.
Antifascist activist Michael Reinoehl, 48, has been shot dead in Lacey, Washington, after a warrant was issued for his arrest regarding his admission of shooting one Aaron Danielson, a supporter of the hard right Patriot Prayer group. Demonstrators in Portland have been on the streets since the killing of George Floyd in May. It hasContinue reading “US anti-fascist shot dead by police following raid regarding Portland violence”