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1989-1990: Opposition to the Poll Tax

A short account of the agitation against the introduction of the community charge in Britain. Widespread protests and a highly successful campaign of non-payment eventually forced the government to scrap the poll tax and played a large part in the eventual downfall of Margaret Thatcher.

58,000 mass incidents in China in first quarter as unrest grows to largest ever recorded

There were 58,000 “mass incidents”, the Chinese state's euphemism for strikes, street protests, roadblocks and other forms of mass protests, in China in the first three months of this year.

Firefighters clash with riot police in Athens

Greek firefighter lights a flare during occupation of fire service headquarters.

Firemen from all around Greece gather in Athens to demand permanent employment and clash with riot police forces

Prison activist's death sparks uprising in women's prison of Thebe, Greece

The second uprising in the Greek prisons in only two days was sparked by the death of Katerina Goulioni, inmate activist against vaginal inspection in jail. Clashes have erupted outside the prison between riot police and solidarity protesters. Koridalos Athens prisons also in turmoil.

Student protests across Europe

Police attack protesters at La Sapienza in Rome.

As neo-liberal education reforms are planned across Europe, students in the continent have been taking to the streets leading to battles with riot police in several cities.

Riots in Athens and Salonica in solidarity with anarchist on trial

Riots broke once again in the two big Greek cities, this time in relation to the trial of an anarchist accused of bank robbery. The troubles come at the end of yet another tense week in Greece.

1990: Accounts of the poll tax riot

An interesting series of personal recollections of individuals participation and experiences of the poll tax riot in London's Trafalgar Square in 1990, which marked the beginning of the end of the Thatcher government.

Warm weekend in Athens: protests, street battles and occupations

The first weekend of spring has been another warm one for Athens with protest marches, street battles, and occupations over a variety of social issues.

Anti-fascist protests end in riots, neo-nazi headquarters torched to the ground in Athens

flaming barricade during one of the riots

Protest marches in response to the fascist-parastate handgrenade attack against the Immigrants’ Social Centre in Athens erupt in riots seeing neonazi national offices burned.

1985: Battle of the beanfield

Photograph copyright Andy Worthington

A short account of the brutal police attack on a convoy of travellers and others on their way to the annual the Stonehenge Free Festival.