Capitalism, Ecology and the Coronavirus outbreak

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Sep 9 2020 13:26

Does anyone understand much about how the latest lockdown news will affect outdoor protests? Freedom, as of Sept 5th, were saying that:
"Protests involving more than 30 people are still legal provided that the organisers —
(a) Are a person or group undertaking activities which promote changes in law or government policy.
(b) Perform a ‘suitable and sufficient’ assessment of the health risks, not only to participants but also to those affected by the demonstration.
(c) Take all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of the coronavirus (such as promoting social distancing, the wearing of masks etc).
There is no legal obligation for organisers to share with their risk assessment with the police before, during or after a demonstration."
Is this still the case with the latest law changes, just replacing "30 people" with "6 people", or is the government likely to remove that exception? Also, does this mean it's technically legal to protest against government policy, but not against private-sector employers?

In other news, big new-ish article from Kim Kelly here: No New Normal: Who Will We Be After This Nightmare Is Over?

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Sep 22 2020 13:52

A piece on the challenges of workplace organising when working from home: https://newsyndicalist.org/2020/09/16/does-working-from-home-weaken-the-...

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Sep 22 2020 21:03

On the legality of outdoor protests, just checked on gov.uk and the "Meeting with others safely (social distancing)" page does say "There are exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people. These include: ... protests – if organised in compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance. All individuals must be socially distanced".

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Oct 20 2020 20:28

Anyone got much in the way of analysis on the Johnson/Burnham showdown over Manchester and the new lockdown?

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Mar 11 2021 18:07

So there are increasing instances of the police getting heavy handed (with the excuse of breaking covid regs) with small street protests and strike pickets in the UK recently including the imposition of fines as with protests over the UK governments 1% offer of a pay rise to Nurses and various 'fire and rehire' disputes on the buses, gas workers, etc if minor by comparison to elsewhere in the world.
A longer articles posted elsewhere on libcom about the capitalist background to the virus and social control here: https://libcom.org/news/contra-la-contra-4-pandemic-domestication-080320...