Je suis burkini! By Mal Content.

Content warning: mention of racial violence and sexual abuse.

headscarfYou couldn’t make it up: an adult woman is resting with her family on a crowded public beach, wearing black leggings and a turquoise long-sleeved shirt, with a matching headscarf, the kind that covers only the hair. She is approached by four heavily armed men, who menace her with a pepper spray, to demand she remove an item of clothing, such as to expose more of her skin to public view. The officious pricks then appear to issue some form of penalty notice, her crime is: “Wearing clothes that are not respectful of good morals and secularism”

Police patrol the beach at Nice in enforcement of an ordinance imposed by more than 20 municipalities in France aimed at the unfortunately named ‘’burkini’ a piece of sportswear that bears no resemblance to the burqua. If anything it’s like a two-piece wetsuit made of fabric, but it looks too ‘Islamic’ to the French burghers, who have taken it upon themselves to regulate feminine swimwear. The 34-year-old mother, who gave her name as Siam, said: “I had no intention of swimming.” I fail to see how her treatment is other than sexual abuse at the hands of the state.

The justifications given are embarrassingly facile. It reminds the bureaucrats of the garb worn by self-styled Islamic State troops and is deemed a provocation to the secular and broadminded French public. Incredibly, the assumption that Muslim women are always attired under the coercion of male relatives is also used, to justify imposing a penalty on the women themselves. The mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet claims swimming in a burkini is “unhygienic”, he’s never worn a wetsuit in cold water then; SCUBA diving in February, we all used to piss in them to warm up. I can’t think of much less hygienic than swimming in the Mediterranean anyway, it is after all, a body of water in which billions of things shit, fuck and die.

Aside from religious observance, there are many reasons why a person of any gender might choose to cover their skin: sensitivity to light, sun- or wind- burn, allergies, injury, skin disease or disfigurement, or bashfulness, which is no crime. The garment offers protection not only from lecherous glances, but harmful ultraviolet rays, insects, jellyfish and other stingers that abound in these waters.

I think religion is bollocks, but so is the French concept of secularism, the creation of Joseph Fouché, the ‘butcher of Lyon’, who was enforcer for the Revolution’s National Convention, then Napoleon Bonaparte’s police minister, and ironically also the architect of modern policing with all its arbitrary pettiness and treachery.

So, a stupid law, that appears to apply only to female members of an ethnic minority, shows up law enforcement, and law itself, for what it has always been: the feeble posturing of inadequates in response to events they can neither influence, nor be bothered to analyse properly. The guardians of the French state are clueless as its colonial chickens come home to roost. Within living memory, that same state and its bastard offspring the O.A.S. slaughtered thousands of Algerian civilians, no surprise then, that many of its home-grown jihadists are of Algerian heritage. The death throes of the Roman Empire lasted hundreds of years; is it reasonable for the western powers to assume as soon as they’ve shut down the concentration camps, knocked off the rape and pillage and turned over the keys to the governor’s mansion they will simply be regarded as good neighbours?

Not that the R&P ever stopped in the battle for the Middle East that has raged ever since one Winston Churchill decided to switch the British Navy’s preferred fuel from coal to oil. This followed hard on a ferocious labour dispute in the Welsh coalfields resolved only by martial law, the recent discovery of petroleum in Iran and the formation of Anglo-Persian Oil (now B.P.) pretty much everything else has flowed – or rather been pumped – from that.

A youth walking the street in a hoody and baseball cap is more anonymous than a woman in a burkini. As for facial veiling, the recent obsession with exposing the face to scrutiny has been driven not by a love of openness and sociability but by the ubiquity of surveillance cameras and the invention of facial recognition software. We are not deceived, we mask up on demo’s not to scare the taxpayers but because we don’t want to be photographed, simple as that.

When I was growing up you could get in a fight at the bus stop for wearing the wrong trousers; you got beaten up for having long hair then you got beaten up for having short hair. Punks, hippies, Rastas, skinheads, got the blame for everything and were assumed by default to be up to no good; respectably dressed couples would show their disdain by spitting in your direction. “Are you a boy or a girl?” “Let’s see what you’ve got in your pocket, son.” “You’ll never get a job looking like that”. Hard to believe now that middle-management types get tattooed and shave their heads.

I will never accept anyone telling another how to present themselves, if you do that, you’re a prick.

Neil Patterson, the fox hunting vicar.

By Kate Bradley.

Reverend Neil Patterson.

Reverend Neil Patterson.

The Church of England is under the controversial spotlight of a Dorset anti-hunt campaigner. A petition has been started that demands that the Reverend, who holds a position of ecclesiastical training within the Hereford Diocese should either resign or be dismissed. He has been filmed by the Hunt Watch Investigation team which is funded by the League Against Cruel Sports, hosting fox hunting meets at his church. It is common knowledge that the Church of England listens to not many people, if they didn’t hear the voice of sex abuse victims over the years then its not likely the church are going to start to show empathy with foxes. And we all know that the head of the church is the Queen of England who has been filmed by animal rights campaigners hitting pheasants with her walking stick after she hasn’t shot them properly. So let’s be clear here that a single petition is not going to make a dent into the minds of those that run the Church of England. However, hunt Campaigners such as the Three Counties hunt saboteur group remain determined to follow and film this Reverend every time he hunts wearing a bowler hat and the church’s dog collar. Campaigners view this as being an act of obscene hypocrisy and feel that highlights once again, the corrupt flaws that lie within the church system. One of those major flaws (apart from being involved with animal cruelty) is the Church’s failure to properly address and log complaints.

Archdeacon Paddy Benson

Archdeacon Paddy Benson

Since the Church of England vicar was spotted hunting with the South Hereford hunt this has provoked a huge deluge of written complaints all of which have been casually swept aside by the Archdeacon of Hereford Paddy Benson. It is an astonishing neglectful attitude considering that the master of the South Hereford Hunt has been filmed throwing live fox cubs to his hounds at the kennels. This footage is one of the most disturbing, upsetting and unbelievably cruel acts ever to have come to light and joins the catalogue of atrocities committed by various fox hunting groups over the years. Since this incident was reported to the police two of the hunt members have been arrested and released on bail and the kennels were shut down by Police.

The petition that demands the sacking of Reverend Neil Patterson was handed to Archdeacon Paddy Benson whose response was:

“You ask that Church of England land will not be used for fox hunting meets again. It is not possible to give such as assurance, not least because there is no single land-owning body called ‘The Church of England’. The Church Commissioners own a lot of land; the various dioceses including the Diocese of Hereford own some land. Individual churchyards belong to the vicar in his or her corporate capacity. Each has to make its own decision.

The Church of England is committed to animal welfare, and to protection of the environment: these are among our mission objectives. However I do not need to tell you that within the church – as in the population at large – there are different views on how this relates to fox-hunting”

Campaigners are confused as to how the church claims to be committed to animal welfare whilst one of its vicars is often out riding with this hunt wearing the uniform of the church.

Archdeacon Benson also stated that fox hunting is necessary to protect livestock and sometimes “human babies”. Quite how throwing live and innocent fox cubs to a pack of hounds protects livestock and “human babies” is unclear. The throwing of the fox cubs to hounds actually trains the hounds to be extremely savage towards foxes that then provides a bloodlusting entertainment – similar to how bulls are trained to attack people in a bullfighting ring.

There is no sympathy, respect or sadness shown to these young and innocent fox cubs and clearly the Archdeacon Paddy Benson and his Reverend Neil Patterson regards it as a harmless activity and views the campaigners petition as something coming “from an extreme far left view”.

The Rev Neil Patterson does not deny he is a supporter of fox hunting and he has also hosted the Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt and hosted a lawn meet for both packs at Weston Under Penyard church, despite the fact that these hunts are routinely shown to break the law this vicar has been given the permission of his Archdeacon to continue his blood sport hobby.

Kate Bradley

Dorset Anti-hunt campaigner – giving a voice and remembrance to the cubs savaged by South Hereford Hunt.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/23/fox-hunting-group-investigation-claims-animal-cruelty-south-herefordshire

https://www.change.org/p/the-diocese-for-the-church-to-sack-reverend-neil-patterson

RED FLAGS OVER BRIDPORT

UNITE Community’s Cartoon Action Theatre at work in Bucky Doo Square in Bridport on Saturday 13th August. Their play, written in conjunction with local busworkers, shows a driver in a tug of war with the boss of First Bus Group, in a struggle for decent pay and conditions. £253 was collected for the bus drivers cause.

Victory for Wood Street Cleaners! Migrant workers show the way forward.

uvw

After 61 days of strike action by the cleaners at 100 Wood Street, the United Voices of the World Union issued the following statement:

“The dispute at 100 Wood Street between the cleaners, members of United Voices of the World the union, and their employer, Thames Cleaning and Support Services Limited, has now been resolved. As a result we are pleased to announce that all advertised protests have now been cancelled and the picket line at 100 Wood Street has now been lifted.”

UVW are still trying to recover legal costs incurred in defending an injunction application in the High Court, you can contribute to their appeal via Paypal here.

Or by bank transfer:

The Co-operative Bank
Account title: United Voices of the World
Sort code: 08-92-99
Account: 65755617

Byron Hamburgers: “do you want grass with that?”

Staff of the Byron burger chain were called by their employer to 15 non-existent training meetings to lure them into Home Office immigration raids; 50 workers have been summarily detained and at least 20 deported, minus their personal effects.

“It is fucking disgusting. Some of these people worked here for four or five years and they weren’t even given a chance to say goodbye,”

CockroachByron’s, which is owned by the private equity fund and notorious tax avoiders Hutton Collins Partners, will pay dearly for their treachery. Protests have already been conducted by Anti-raids Network, Black Dissidents, Bradford IWW, Global Justice Now, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, London Black Revs, London IWW, London Latinxs, Malcolm X Movement, South London Solfed, United Voices of the World Union, Unite Hotel and Restaurant Workers Branches, and War On Want. Activists have taken to releasing insects into their restaurants.

Byron Burgers sending millions to owners offshore while workers are deported – Corporate Watch

Join us in stuffing it up these two-faced anti-working class parasites! Click on the cockroach to find a Byron’s near you. Here’s a flyer for it: 2 x A5 pdf

This Saturday, Bristol branches will be picketed by AFed and SolFed, Meet 6.45pm Saturday outside Bristol Museum. facebook event, and there will be a communications blockade to coincide with this, call 0117 925 6666 repeatedly. Dialling (141) before the restaurant’s number will hide your own number so they will have to pick it up each time.

Know your rights: Immigration raids, UKBA – 25 languages.

Original article from El Ibérico translated by Marcela of Latinxs:

British immigration police deported dozens of Latin American Byron Hamburgers workers.

Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. Unimaginable situations in real life, can lead to shattered dreams and broken families, all due to the interests of a few to fatten their pockets. Something like this was experienced last July 4th in the hamburger chain Byron.

One of the workers of this company wanted to tell us what happened with the sole purpose of exposing the occurrence of this type of situations, that usually do not transcend public opinion. Out of respect for his privacy, because today they still work for Byron Hamburgers, the anonymity of the person interviewed will be maintained.

It was 9:30 in the morning, read more.