Protestors picketed Starbucks in Edinburgh and Glasgow city centres on Saturday 20th November. Demonstrators served up free zapatista coffee, proclaiming solidarity with the rebel indigenous movement in Mexico and with New York Starbucks workers in dispute with the coffee giant. Activists from the Industrial Workers of the World, Edinburgh-Chiapas Solidarity Group and Glasgow Zapatista Solidarity distributed leaflets and displayed placards exposing Starbucks. Passers-by clustered round the stalls to receive warming cups of zapatista coffee, to get more information, and to sign up for contact lists.

Report of Fallujah demo at Scottish Labour HQ in Glasgow Monday 15th November.

Glasgow based Troops Out held a protest outside the Scottish Labour Party HQ, West Regent Street at 3.00pm on Monday 15th November. The building also houses the technical union AMICUS, Amalgamated and Electrical union AEEW, the office of Anniesland Labour MP John Robertson and manufacturing, science and finance union MSF. This is a short report with 6 photos of the Fallujah demo and vigil in Glasgow on Monday 15th November.


U.S. forces launched a major offensive on Monday night 8th November to regain control over the Iraqi rebel-held city of Fallujah. As of the morning of Tuesday 9th November fierce fighting is taking place within Fallujah. Ground troops are meeting opposition, while US artillery and missile-firing helicopters are pounding city buildings. Many civilian deaths are expected. Meanwhile on Monday another Black Watch soldier was killed. In response in Edinburgh red paint and anti war slogans were sprayed on the US consulate [report | update and picture]. 100-150 protested in Parliament Square, Edinburgh, while protesters blocked roads in London and demos were scheduled for Monday evening in at least 30 locations Britain-wide. [Indymedia UK feature] Protests are being called for town and city centres across Scotland from 5pm on Tuesday 9th November. In Glasgow meet in George Square. In Edinburgh meet in Parliament Square, marching on the Scottish Parliament around 5.30pm. Anti war demos are being called for town and city centres across Scotland from 5pm on Tuesday 9th November.

Dump protesters take direct action against landfill company

Villagers stage noisy protest at country's biggest waste exhibition. Frustrated at being targeted for yet another waste dump residents of Greengairs and neighbouring villages today (Wednesday 27 October) took their protest to the country's biggest trade exhibition and conference for companies dealing in waste. Half a dozen whistle-blowing, bin bag wielding, villagers staged a sit down protest and occupation of Eden Waste's corporate stand at today's Wastex event in Edinburgh. Other protests wearing t-shirts with slogans such as 'Eden Waste: don't dump on us', 'Eden Waste: don't dump on Greengairs' handed out leaflets to those attending the exhibition.

Anti GM Activists Win Court Battle

FOUR GM crop protesters convicted of aggravated trespass for their part in a protest at Munlochy on the Black Isle in August 2001 won their appeal at the High Court in Edinburgh on 7th October 2004. The genetically modified crop trials at Munlochy were the target of a sustained, well-supported and ultimately successful campaign of resistance. This included direct actions when people decontaminated fields by uprooting the GM plants. The authorities eventually abandoned plans for a further GM trial in the Scottish Highlands.

Housing Benefit Disgrace

Shocking delays in the payment of Housing Benefit in Scotland are revealed by new government figures. Claimants making a new claim face an average wait of 80 days in East Dunbartonshire, 79 days in Dundee, 78 days in Edinburgh, with long delays in other areas too. This causes hardship, stress and sometimes even eviction.

"This is unacceptable. Councils have a legal duty to pay Housing Benefit two weeks after receiving the information they need from the claimant. Let's insist on this right and force Councils to pay up on time," say Edinburgh Claimants.

Shetland Resists Deportation

The people of Shetland resist the repatriation of a family to Burma. The normally fairly apolitical people of the Shetland Islands have shown that they are determined not allow a Burmese family living in the islands to be repatriated.

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