Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Get Involed!

Posted: August 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

One of the core principles of Ignite Magazine and indeed the inspiration for the name was to ignite debate discussion and interest around key issues of politics and culture. As a part of this we invite you dear reader to submit articles of your own. Be they about films, music or riots erupting in Missouri we want to know what you think.

If you would like to submit a piece then please send it along with any images and the name you wish to be credited under to ignitethemag1@gmail.com

Students at the University of Sussex have gone into occupation in support of workers on strike tomorrow. Tomorrow’s strike across the higher education sector is a response to attacks on pay. The measly 1% pay increase that has been offered to staff in higher education this year, will equate to a real wage cut of 13% after 3 years of pay freezes. Yet this cut comes at a time when the pay and benefits for university management has increased by more than £5,000 in 2011-12, with the average pay and pensions package for vice-chancellors reaching nearly £250,000. Students at Sussex claim that their vice-chancellor, Micheal Farthing, has alone received a 57% pay and pension rise since 2007.

20131030-164032.jpg

The occupation, which takes place in the universities Arts A1 Lecture Theatre will act as an information point for anyone who wishes to find out more about the strike. As well as staging this occupation students will also be joining striking staff on the picket lines tomorrow between 7am-3pm which they encourage other students to join them for. The Occupy Sussex group would also like to make clear that despite attempts by security staff to block entrance to the lecture theatre they fully encourage all students and lecturers scheduled to take part in lectures here today to come and join them.

Not all students are in favour of the occupation though. In the picture below we see members of the Labour and Conservative Future societies shaking hands in united opposition against the occupation. A dark reflexion of their parties support of the vicious attacks on staff and student in higher education.

20131030-173523.jpg

Elsewhere

Nursing Students at Sheffield Hallam University are being threatened with sanctions if they choose NOT to cross the picket lines this week. This is a clear attempt by management to stem any student and staff unity in the face of the Tory onslaught on education. At the steel cities other university though the actions at Sussex have been echoed as 50 students have gone into occupation themselves. Students at SOAS have also staged an occupation in solidarity with striking workers.

Thatcher’s Dead!

Posted: April 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s one of those day’s that you will look back on, one you always new would come, one where people will say I remember where I was the day that Thatcher died. Yes, at 87 years old former Prime Minister and outright enemy of the working class Margaret Hilda Thatcher has died of a stroke. As Class War always said; see you at 12 o’clock, Trafalgar square, the Saturday after thatcher dies.

 

Save Our Libraries

Posted: February 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

At 5AM on Saturday 18th December 2010 a Bristol student was arrested with the charge of Affray and Conspiracy to affray. Below is his account of what followed.

POLICE COME FOR ME AT 5AM, PLEASE SHARE ON twitter, FB ETC – IMPORTANT –

On the 17/12/10 (Last friday) The police came to my house with a warrant for my arrest. They came like the stasi in the night, getting me out of bed at 5am in the morning.

They had a warrant for my arrest, with the charge of Affray and Conspiracy to affray.

It is relation to a protest I attended about a month ago, which saw hundreds of students from across Bristol join together in the streets to oppose rising tuition fees, cuts to our education and an elitist education system. At the top of Park street (Park row) in Bristol, police had kettled everyone in once again, stopping movement anywhere down park street, park row and back up towards whiteladies road.. The police insisted in an interview that they thought that it was me that threw a firework towards the police which simply isnt true.

I was detained for 12 hours in cell number 9 at trinity road police station, Bristol. After repeated requests to a solicitor I was refused, I was told I would see a solicitor when I was interviewed. I asked for a pen and paper. A pen and paper never came. Out of the three meals I sould have been offered during my detention, I only recieved one meal. After requesting a blanket as the cell I was in was so cold, I was refused, as I had already got one. I also requested to make my phone call, I never got this either.

All of the above apart from the blanket are my LEGAL RIGHT and recieved none of them.

I sat shaking in the cell, not knowing what affray meant, or what was going to happen to me next. The police had made a big mistake. What the hell had I done wrong? When the police turned up on my doorstep at 5am, I was told I was being charged with affray, for throwing a firework at the police at a recent student protest in bristol.

Whilst I was in the cell, one of the detectives came to my cell and told me that they would now be going to my house with a warrant to search it. They took my laptop, my mobile phone, a hard drive, a notepad amongst other things. I am still awaiting my property back 😦 which I imagine I won’t be seeing for a long time.

After being in the cell for nearly 10hours, I was finally interviewed by two police officers: two dectives from the serious crime squad. They showed me a video that includes me stroking a police horse at the front of a police kettle and then suddenly a firework goes towards the police. firstly, they asked me whether it was me in the video. Of course I said it was me, as i have nothing to hide. They tried to pin this on me! they tried to say that it was me that threw the firework, which I quickly denied, of course this was not me! after watching the video shown to me in the interview which was taken from BBC Bristol, I was quick to point out “how could I have thrown a firework if with one hand I am stroking a police horse” Of course, it is obviously impossible to light a firework and throw it with one hand.

This wa bullshit and they know it. They quickly dropped that line of questioning and then accused me of conspiracy to affray. They said that, I was stroking the police horse so that someone else that I knew could throw a firework at the police. This also of course was completely untrue.

Other questions that they asked me were about who I knew, what I did, what internet websites I use(d) etc. They had no grounds to arrest me. They had no grounds to detain me. They have no grounds to interrogate me.

I HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG.

I was released on bail, and am due to make my appearance at trinity road police station on the 26th of January.

MORE TO COME SOON, PLEASE SHARE. ANY MEDIA READING THIS, PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO GET IN CONTACT. IF ANYONE ELSE WANTS ANYMORE INFORMATION PLEASE ASK, I WILL UPDATE THIS WHEN MORE INFO COMES TO MY MIND.

++++++ 23RD DECEMBER 2010 +++++++

 

BBC Interviewer: Two police officers have been injured today, how do you feel about that? Do you feel this violence is helping your cause?

Protester: Myself and several other people I’ve seen have been hit on the head and in the face by police batons. The police have trapped us here. I’ve seen twelve year old girls trampled with bloodied faces.

BBC Interviewer: Why couldn’t you just have held a peaceful protest?

Protester: ….

 

OH OH OH, and

Chief Superintendant: “The Metropolitan Police are extremelydisappointed with the way protesters have behaved today. …sustained attacks on police officers…” blah blah blah

 

So far, two police officers and 96 protesters have been injured. Hmm.

 

Welcome.

Posted: November 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

The following content is a collection of reports, images, videos and links regarding the student revolt of 2010. As you all should be aware on November 10th 2010 history was made as 52,000 students took to the streets to make their feelings heard. Since this demonstration an unprecedented level of student activism has been seen, including a string of subsequent student actions; protests at MP surgeries, a wave of walk-outs, right to recall activity, occupations, lobbying of MPs through face to face meetings and letter writing. It is our intent that we cover as much of this as possible, but with limited resources most coverage will be Bristol based. If anyone reading this blog knows of anything that they feel should be getting coverage then please contact us. Peace, Love and Soliarity.