February Bulletin

  • 01 Feb 2016 15:56

UK and Ireland Civil Unrest and Activism Bulletin

Anti nuclear demo

The monthly Activism Bulletin provides a concise overview of forthcoming activism and protest events, brief analysis of significant developments and a preview of planned protests, which could disrupt business.

UK Activist Summary

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On 19 January, several hundred student activists gathered in Parliament
Square to oppose government plans to abolish the maintenance grant
scheme for poorer students. Protesters initially rallied in Parliament Square
at 1230hrs before moving to Westminster Bridge at 1315hrs, whereupon the
south-bound carriageway was blocked for more than 90 minutes. Police responded
to the protest and cleared the demonstrators, although it remains
unclear if there were any arrests. Student protests have recently been well
supported, organised largely by the National Campaign Against Fees and
Cuts (NCAFC), with some demonstrations become volatile. It is highly likely
that further student protests will be held in the coming weeks and months,
including a solidarity action in April to oppose cuts to public services.

On 27 February, a number of single-issue protest groups, including Stop the
War Coalition and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), are holding a
Stop Trident National Demonstration in London. The event begins at 1200hrs
at Marble Arch, where it is anticipated protesters will move through central
London before rallying for speeches at Trafalgar Square. The action is to demand
the government abandons its plans to replace the Trident nuclear
weapons system at a cost of more than £100 billion and instead spend the
funds on education, health and welfare. According to activism websites, more
than 8,000 people have signed up to attend the rally. There is the high likelihood
of traffic disruption during the day, with road closures and traffic restrictions
expected to be in place during the duration of the demonstration. It
is also anticipated that anti-Trident demonstrations will be held more frequently
during 2016 as government begins to debate key issues before a
final decision is made over warhead replacement in 2018/19.

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