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RESISTANCE RIDDIMZ25th November: 7pm-1am

RESISTANCE RIDDIMZ brings inspiration and solidarity through a fantastic mix of talks, poetry, comedy, live bands, Hip Hop and DJs.

Go to the event page on Facebook

Heres an introduction to just some the people and groups that will be performing or speaking.. Read the rest of this entry »


Can you help to promote the workshops outside court on the 10th?

Just print out the fliers and the poster below and hand them out to whoever you can!

Your support is greatly appreciated – we need as many people as possible to come along and learn more about our right to protest and the threats against it.

Thursday 10 November is the first day of the trial for the Fortnum145. Come and show your support outside the court for a demonstration with workshops, talks and music.

City Of Westminster Magistrates Court
181 Marylebone Road, NW1 5HB
London, United Kingdom
Thurs 10 November
12 – 2pm

Tell us you’ll be there via the Facebook event

As 11 defendants face their first day on trial for a sit-in protest at Fortnum and Mason last March, we’ll be there to show our support. As well as the usual banners and chants there will also be workshops on topics from Tax Justice and the Cuts to the History of Civil Disobedience and Knowing your Rights; Talks from well known political figures and live music.

We will be exploring the injustices that motivated the protest in the first place and discussing the disproportionate and political nature of the response received from the police and the government, from mass arrest to trial.

This demonstration will show those on trial that we support them, and is a space to raise the important issues that bring them to the court room. And if you work in London, it’s conveniently timed so you can pop-along during your lunch break!

Trial begins 10th November.
Come and show your support outside the court.

You can also help by handing out flyers and posters!

On October 10th there will be a case hearing for the trial and for the 21 brave people who are standing tall with the remaining defendants.

It’d be a great chance for you to come and show your solidarity with the Fortnum145 too, if you’re in London then, and there will be a small gathering by the Magistrates Court from 1pm to 3pm. Of course, there’ll be plenty of like-minded people there too.

So that’s:

10 October 2011
1pm – 3pm
City of Westminster Magistrates Court
181 Marylebone Road NW1 5HB

Here’s the Facebook event, so you can let us know if you’re coming.
We hope to see you there!

On 19th August, the second half of the defendants remaining from the occupation of Fortnum and Masons will appear in court to enter their pleas and have their court dates set.
(See the Facebook event here)

Our support is both an incredible morale boost for those facing the daunting prospect of the courtroom and also sends a clear message to those few that want to quash the right to protest.

Meeting place
City Of Westminster Magistrates Court, 70 Horseferry Road, London
Friday 19th August 2011
Time to meet

You all know the story by now…

The F&M occupation was described by a senior police officer on the scene as ‘sensible’ and ‘non-violent’. Another description of the sit-in reads: “the perfect accompaniment to my tea and scones” – a sit-in to draw attention to the £10m/year tax-dodge by Wittington Investments, the owners of Fortnum & Mason while the rest of the country faces deep cuts to public spending and services.

After being assured that they could leave safely and unhindered, the protesters were kettled by riot police. They were then arrested one by one – some none too gently! despite the lack of resistance on the behalf of the protesters – handcuffed and flung all across London for detention. The arrestees had their clothes and property confiscated, their DNA and fingerprints taken and stored. In possible breaches of arrest protocol, the arrestees were not intereviewed and some went without food for the 23+ hours that they were held. Protesters were finally released after up to the full maximum 24 hours detention in all white tracksuits/paper suits in unfamiliar areas of London – a sizeable number of arrestees being from far outside London.

Lynne Owens, the Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, has admitted that the arrests were made for intelligence purposes.

The arrests have been universally condemned – as ‘confusing political anger with criminality’ and ”threaten[ing] the right to peacefully protest’. A coalition of unions and NGOs released a statement of support for the protesters saying that they ‘were treated in a political and deceptive manner by the police which sends an ominous message about the right to protest’.

Tax avoiders should be on trial, not protestors who raise awareness of their scams so please come and support the second half of the remaining defendants.

Have you seen this? The Daily Express has posted this disgusting article, slandering protesters.

We wanted to be able to get you all to submit an official complaint to the Press Complaints Commission, but apparently the Express will no longer be covered by Press Complaints Commission as they’ve stopped paying into Press Standards Board of Finance, which funds the regulator.

Ah well. Social media seems to be the regulator of today, anyway.

How about we let the Express know what we think of them via Twitter instead?

EDIT: You could also phone up their newsdesk, if you feel like you have anything to say to them: on 0207 098 2982

The Right to Protest group has organised a supporting protest outside the City of Westminster court on July 5th, to stand in solidarity with the Fortnum145!

It’s taking place at 1pm at:

City of Westminster Court, 70 Horseferry Road, SW1P

and it’d be great to see as many people there as possible!

If you have evidence that you think would help the fortnum145 please send it to us!

For smaller files (less than 40MB) please use this form. It will send the files to Green and Black Cross who will be able to forward them onto the various solicitors representing the fortnum145.

If the evidence you have can’t be sent in this manner, please send an email to outlining what evidence you have and someone will get back to you (please ensure that the subject line reads “Fortnum145 Evidence”).

You can now donate to help fund the campaign and support the defendants with travel costs and other expenses

Your money can contribute towards travel arrangements and overnight stays and any costs of legal representation – this trial is hurting the pockets of the defendants as well as every UK taxpayer. You’ll also be helping to stand up for the basic right of citizens to protest.

You can also help spread the word by letting your friends know that we’re accepting donations.

Please send any donations to:

COOP bank
F&M Support Group
sort code 08-92-99
account number 65512685

Help us to spread the word!

It’s really important that we let as many people as possible know that the defendants are in need of cash to fund their legal costs.

Click the buttons below to tell your friends:
Share this support on facebook

Visit our Facebook page: Justice for the Fortnum and Mason 145

Tweet about supporting us

Our Twitter account is: @FM145

  1. Don a white top or white overall (as pictured above)
  2. Draw up a sign of support (we suggest ‘I support the Fortnum & Mason 145‘, ‘Drop the Case‘ or ‘Political Policing is Not Cool‘)
  3. Set your camera up in portrait style and
  4. SMILE!
  5. Once you’ve taken your picture send it in to

Click the buttons below to tell your friends to join the fun!
Share this support on facebook

Visit our Facebook page: Justice for the Fortnum and Mason 145

Tweet about supporting us

Our Twitter account is: @FM145