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This page features listings of the important dates, any speaking events and Fairford Coach Action support demonstrations that are to be held. Scroll down for listings of any previous events. Note that dates and info is all listed in reverse chronological order.

Upcoming Events

(NOTHING PLANNED AT THE MOMENT)


Previous Events

June 2007

8 June 2007
TAKING LIBERTIES
- This feature-length documentary shows Fairford Coaches incident footage and arrives at theatres around London and the rest of the UK.

April 2007

8 April 2007
Socialist Film Co-op shows the Fairford Coach films
http://socialistfilm.blogspot.com/2006/08/april-8-shorts-presented-by-film.html

 

JANUARY 2006

Mid-January judgement discussion - (Date and location not disclosed to the public)
Two or more closed meetings for Passengers only.
At these meetings, coach passengers will consider the results of the House of Lords judgement. If we lose either of the two aspects of our case, we'll discuss the option of appealing the decision at the ECHR. If we win both aspects of the case, we'll still have important things to discuss. If you are a coach passenger and you think you should be at this meeting but you aren't in contact with the Fairford Coach Action, contact Jesse at 0781 4587 361.

 

DECEMBER 2006

13 December 2006 (Judgment delivered at 9.45am but public capacity is very limited)
APPEAL JUDGEMENT from House of Lords, Parliament (click here for details)
This appeal judgement comes two years after our previous appeal judgement at the Court of Appeal

AND

13 December 2006 (8.30am till noon), Parliament Square, LONDON
A DEMO OF SUPPORT FOR FAIRFORD COACH CASE AND PROTEST FREEDOMS
Banners, signs, samba bands, and leafletters are all invited to participate in a morning of protest in support of the freedom to protest!

The House of Lords will rule on the case of 120 anti-war protestors detained by police and prevented from attending a demonstration at RAF Fairford on 22 March 2003, just two days after coalition forces launched their attacks on Iraq. This important Human Rights case concerns the freedom to protest and not be detained. This is the last time the case will be heard in the UK (regardless of the outcome)!

DEMONSTRATE
8.30-9.30am - We'll have a "pre-judgement" demonstration in Parliament Square.
9.45am - Judgement is handed down, and the passengers will discuss this inside Parliament.
10.30am - Passengers will be interviewed by the press in Parliament Square, and a solidarity protest will continue until noon.

SOCPA COMPLIANT? SADLY, YES.
Note: Many coach passengers object to the SOCPA laws, but mass arrests would distract from the news of the judgement. Jesse applied for permission to have a group protest in Parliament Square, so you can join the protest without risking arrest. If you would like to protest without complying with SOCPA laws, we welcome any solidarity protests which do not comply - even if they are held in the same location.

If you have any questions, contact Jesse 0781 458 7361

 

OCTOBER 2006

Wednesday 25th of October
(10.30 on Wednesday, but admissions begin at 10am - public capacity is 30)
3rd day of Appeal Hearing at the House of Lords, Parliament (click here for details)
This appeal hearing comes two years after our previous appeal at the Court of Appeal. This is our final domestic remedy. The hearing will break for lunch and finish by 4pm each day.

Tuesday 24th of October
(10.30am start on Tuesday, but admissions begin at 10am - public capacity is 30)
2nd day of Appeal Hearing at the House of Lords, Parliament (click here for details)
This appeal hearing comes two years after our previous appeal at the Court of Appeal. This is our final domestic remedy. The hearing will break for lunch and finish by 4pm each day.

Monday 23rd of October (MORNING & AFTERNOON)
(9.30-10.30am)
Demonstrate (morning)
Demonstrate support of the House of Lords hearings in Parliament Square. The SOCPA laws make it illegal to demonstrate support for our case without someone applying to the police beforehand, so here are our solutions. You can participate in the authorised mass demonstration, or there are also some other types of demonstrations taking place simultaneously (some authorised and others not), and it is your choice which kind you participate in - click here for full details.

(11am start of hearing on Monday, but admissions begin at 10.30am - public capacity is 30)
1st day of Appeal Hearing at the House of Lords, Parliament (click here for details)
This appeal hearing comes two years after our previous appeal at the Court of Appeal. This is our final domestic remedy. The hearing will break for lunch and finish by 4pm each day.

(7.30pm till 11pm)
Film screening (evening)
The Fairford Coach films will be shown on Monday 23 October 2006 at the new film evening known as MauMau. Click here for a map. The venue address is 265 Portobello Bar, Notting Hill, LONDON, W11 1LR, nearest Tube is Ladbroke Grove. Starts at 7.30pm, closes 11pm - for more info - http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/10/353886.html

 

DECEMBER 2004

Followed DECEMBER 2004 judgement - (Date and location not disclosed to the public)
Closed Meeting for Passengers only.
This meeting will soon follow the date of the Court of Appeal judgement on 8th of December (for info on judgement, click here). At this closed meeting, coach passengers will consider the results of the Court of Appeal judgement. If you are a coach passenger and you think you should be at this meeting but you aren't in contact with the Fairford Coach Action, contact Jesse at 0781 4587 361.

Wednesday the 8th of December (10am)
Judgement delivered from Court of Appeal (click here for details)
The ruling handed down by the Court of Appeal will be announced at 10am.

Monday the 6th of December (6pm-11pm)
"On the Buses" (to be shown between 8pm and 9pm)
Zoe Young's film On the Buses is a documentary of our coach journey as filmed by three passengers. The film will be shown at the Portobello Film Festival evening of 9 films (with the theme "political debate"). Click here for the full programme.
Location: Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Road, London W10, (click here for map)
Entry:
FREE

 

OCTOBER 2004

Thursday the 14th and Friday the 15th of October 2004 - LONDON, UK
Appeal Court hearings at the High Court (two days).
We are appealing the ruling in the February 2004 Judicial Review that Police were right to turn us away from Fairford. The police are seeking a reversal of the aspects of the decision which were in our favour - the police are asking the court to recognise their right to detain innocent people without arrest or trial on certain occasions.

From 9am-10am on both days, there will be a one hour demonstration outside the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand, London. Everyone is welcome to demonstrate support for our case. Following the demo, people are invited to attend the hearings (10am-4pm with break for lunch), but please note that no cameras are allowed into the Courts.
(click here to see a printable flyer)

 

AUGUST

Friday the 6th and Saturday the 20th of August
"On the Buses"
Zoe Young's film On the Buses is a documentary of our coach journey as filmed by three passengers. This film will be shown at the Portobello Film Festival (6-22 August) on both the 6th (opening night party) and 20th of August 2004.

 

JULY 2004

Monday the 12th and Tuesday the 13th of July 2004 - LONDON, UK
(this is not a FAIRFORD COACH ACTION event, but it it supported and linked with our campaign)
Liberty appeals the High Court ruling on their October 2003 judicial review challenge of the Metropolitan Police over the DSEi anti-terror searches. Some members of the Fairford Coach Action helped to launch this legal challenge of policing that interfered with anti-war protest. To learn more about this legal challenge against the police, visit the Unofficial website (hosted by Fairford Coach Action) at
http://www.fairfordcoachaction.org.uk/44

 

MARCH 2004

(This meeting has now taken place.)
CLOSED MEETING OF COACH PASSENGERS
(Date and location not to be disclosed to the public)
At this closed meeting, coach passengers will decide about whether or not to appeal the judicial review's less positive judgements. If you are a coach passenger and you think you should be at this meeting but you don't have the date/location details yet, contact Jesse at 0781 4587 361.

 

FEBRUARY 2004

26 February (Thursday, at 7pm-9pm in room G2 at SOAS)
Public Event: Film Showing, Guest Speakers, Snacks/Drinks.
This is an event to mark 11 months of campaigning and a ruling from the High Court. The two passenger films will be shown and there will be guest speakers from Liberty, Bindmans and Fairford Peace Camp. The press, public and friends are all invited to this event. Click here to read what John Halford (Bindmans) said at the event.

19 February (Thursday, Royal Courts of Justice)
Judgement hearing for the High Court judicial review (10am).
We'll find out the judgement. With a one hour demonstrations outside the High Court at 9am-10am. (click here for a page of all the hearing details)

 

JANUARY 2004

15-16 January (Thursday/Friday, Royal Courts of Justice)
Judicial review hearings in the High Court (two days).
One hour demonstrations outside the High Court each day 9am-10am. (click here for a page of all the hearing details)

16-21 January (times TBA, World Social Forum 2004 - Mumbai, India)
"On the Buses"
A film of the coach journey by 3 passengers (edited by Zoe Young) will be shown at the World Social Forum 2004 Film Festival that is to take place at Mumbai between January 16 to 21, 2004.

 

OCT 2003

6pm Saturday 25 October, 2003
Concious Cinema/Indymedia film of the Fairford Coaches Incident
Shown as part of the film showing at the Anarchist Bookfair, ULU.

 

MAY 2003

7pm Tuesday 13 May 2003 - House of Parliament, Westminster
Public Meeting - This 'War on Terror' Threatens Us All
Jointly called by the Haldane Society and Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC)
Speakers to include a Fairford coach passenger involved in the Fairford Coach Action.

 

APRIL 2003

Wednesday the 16th (5:30pm-6:30pm)
There is going to be an important one hour long group meeting for all coach passengers interested in seeking advice on a legal action through Bindmans and Partners.
Note-
For details about this meeting, contact Jesse (contact details are on bottom of Home page).

Tuesday the 22nd at 7am
This is related only because it is the next really major anti-war demonstration at a military base. Support the Really Big Blockade of the UK Nuclear Submarine military base in Faslane, Scotland.
(Note: Coaches are available from London and most other regions).

 


ONGOING

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