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27 January 2016

Tories 'Prevent' civil liberties

The editorial of the Socialist: Increasingly the government's 'Prevent' strategy is facing protest. It is just one example of the Tory's government's accelerating racism and attacks on civil liberties.

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1 July 2015

Block Osborne's Billionaire Budget

The Tory chancellor's new spending cuts will hit young people hard. Join young activists in towns and cities across the country to protest on 8 July!

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17 June 2015

Fight the snoopers' charter!

"We kill people based on metadata." General Michael Hayden, former director of the US National Security Agency and the CIA. Now our government wants to make gathering personal data easier still.

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18 March 2015

How can civil liberties be protected?

Paul Heron reviews 'On Liberty' by Shami Chakrabati

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16 April 2013

Initial Statement on Boston Marathon Tragedy from Socialist Alternative

The bombings today at the Boston Marathon are an absolute tragedy and a horror that shouldn't happen in Boston or anywhere else in the world, writes Reposted from Socialist Alternative in the USA, sister party of the Socialist Party, posted. Apr 15, 2013.

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27 March 2013

Danger: New secret courts in Britain

Over 700 leading lawyers - including 40 QCs - have signed human rights group Liberty's petition condemning the Justice and Security Bill and government plans to introduce secret courts into ordinary civil law, writes Dylan Murphy, Huddersfield.

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21 March 2012

Defend the right to protest!

The eleven year battle for justice for those detained by police on the May Day demonstration in 2001 has finally come to an end...

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15 March 2012

European Court rules on Kettling case

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against the case of the protesters who were kettled by police at Oxford Circus in London on May Day 2001. However, there were three dissenting judges...

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24 February 2010

ID cards - an expensive threat to civil liberties

NEW LABOUR has brought in several pieces of repressive legislation recently that attack our civil liberties but at least they've abandoned the unpopular plan for compulsory ID cards, haven't they, writes Tom Baldwin.

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13 May 2009

News in brief

Taking liberties: THERE HAS been a huge rise in the number of stop and searches by police - mainly in London, Birmingham and Liverpool since 2007 - using section 44 of the 2000 Terrorism Act...

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22 April 2009

CIA torture

THE US Justice Department revealed last week detailed memos describing barbaric interrogation techniques used by CIA operatives on suspected terrorists...

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The state, cartoon by Alan Hardman, photo Alan Hardman

The state, cartoon by Alan Hardman, photo Alan Hardman

25 March 2009

State repression in Britain

Binyam Mohamed has made allegations of MI5 collusion in his torture at various detention camps, including Guantánamo Bay. A wave of repressive legislation has been introduced.
Tony Saunois looks at these and other attacks on civil liberties, and the need for all socialists and trade unionists to take up the important task of defending democratic rights.

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6 December 2007

The socialist review: 'Taking Liberties'

PAPER MASKS, scissors and some toy soldiers. These are the offensive items found by 100 police officers, after holding three busloads of anti-war protesters... By Michael Wrack, Hackney Socialist Party

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13 September 2007

APEC summit: Thousands defy police crackdown

AS THE Asia Pacific Economic Co-Operation (APEC) forum wound up in Sydney last weekend, Australian prime minister John Howard was trying to spruik (champion) its success... By Socialist Party reporters in Sydney and Melbourne

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11 August 2005

Defend democratic rights

Workers' unity against war and terrorism: THE HORRIFIC terrorist attacks that have taken place in London and around the world have been condemned by the Socialist Party....

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9 June 2005

Stop taking liberties!

ONE OF David Blunkett's last acts as Home Secretary was to offer Sheffield as host city to a meeting of G8 Interior and 'in'Justice Ministers...

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6 May 2005

Blair’s last election

New Labour celebrations after its election win were muted and short-lived...

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