1968-2018: Celebrate 50 years of Resistance, Campaigning & Alternatives for a Better World
– despite 50 years of police opposition, spying and repression
Sat 7 July, 1-3pm: Roll Call / Rally: Grosvenor Sq, London W1K 2HP
Sun 8 July, 10-4pm: Conference / Exhibition: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
1st to 8th July: Week of local events and activities around the UK – please organise!
In 1968, following demonstrations against the Vietnam War in London’s Grosvenor Square, the police set up a Special Demonstrations Squad (SDS). Since that time, 50 years ago, over 1,000 groups campaigning in the UK for a better world have been spied on, infiltrated and targeted by political policing. Their protests and demonstrations are also subjected to ongoing police opposition and control to try to limit their effectiveness.
This targeting has included groups campaigning for equality, justice, the environment and international solidarity, for rights for women, LGBTQ, workers and for animals, for community empowerment, and those campaigning against war, racism, sexism, corporate power, legal repression and police oppression and brutality. Such groups have represented many millions of people throughout the UK who want to make the world a better, fairer and more sustainable place for everyone.
When the SDS was formed they aimed to ‘shut down’ the movements they were spying on. But despite disgusting police tactics, movements for positive change are still here and growing, and have had many successes on the way.
Celebrate 50 years of campaigns and struggles, resilience and success
The planned events are in support of those campaigning for full exposure and effective action at the Undercover Policing Inquiry, and against police attempts to delay and undermine it. We aim to encourage more groups to find out about the Inquiry and how they can get involved and support each other, and to unite the many different groups and organisations who have been victims of our police state because of their efforts to improve society.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/577675025937471/
Twitter: @50yrsResistance #50yearsResistance