Dalkeith Country Park facing the axe
22 November. At the end of October
protesters set up a tree-sit to stop the construction of the A68 Bypass, which would
destroy Dalkeith’s 850 acre country park. An eviction order has been served on
the protestors and trees have already begun to fall. The activists have vowed
to remain in the trees until the bypass is defeated, but need support to keep
the protest going. To contact Dalkeith Protest site phone 07783904369 or http://www.save-dalkeith-park.org.uk/
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25 November. The 2005 MISTY awards, this year held in Swansea, celebrated media producers who have tried to encourage positive social change. The ceremony launched the 6th annual Beyond TV international video festival. Winners included Tamara Gordon, for her documentary on Hay-on-Wye, comedian Mark Thomas and rap artists Goldie Looking Chain.
3 December. Over 30 countries around the world held protests demanding action from the world leaders at the Montreal climate talks. In London around 10,000 people marched to show the urgent need for action on climate. A letter was handed in to Downing Street demanding that the British government reaffirm its commitment to an international emissions reductions treaty with legally binding targets. More about the global protests is at http://www.globalclimatecampaign.org
Gate Gourmet Update
4 December. Hundreds of the sacked Gate Gourmet workers protested against the alleged ‘victory’ that their union the T&G and its leader Tony Woodley had got for the workers. Out of the 600 sacked workers, 144 have been made forcibly redundant. The workers have refused to agree to the deal made by the T&G as it denied them the right to further appeal and in the meantime are receiving no strike pay or financial help. See http://www.southasiasolidarity.org