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Colonialism(s) and the global policing of dissent

Fri 11.09.20
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State surveillance, anti-terror laws and the rhetoric of ‘national security’ are being used to criminalise progressive activists and marginalised communities across the world. Speakers will discuss the colonial roots of policing and how histories of ‘anti-terrorism’ in the UK and ex-colonies, such as South Africa and India, continue to be linked before and after 9/11. We will also explore other colonialisms, such as China in Hong Kong. As states share and internationalise their repressive methods, we ask how we can build international coalitions of resistance.


S'bu Zikode is the founding president of Abahlali baseMjondolo - a grassroots democratic social movement of shack-dwellers in South Africa, campaigning both against evictions and for public housing. As the largest shack-dwellers' movement to have emerged post-apartheid, Abahlali have been on the receiving end of state and police violence for some time.

Radha D’Souza teaches law at the University of Westminster, London. She is a social justice activist, a writer, critic and commentator. She is the author of What's Wrong with Rights? (Pluto, 2018) and works with the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC) in the UK.

Gacheke Gachihi is the Coordinator of Mathare Social Justice Centre and a member of the Social Justice Centres Working Group Steering Committee in Nairobi, Kenya. MSJC is a base for community organizing against police brutality, extrajudicial killings and the criminalisation of the poor.

Brian Hioe is a writer, translator, activist, and DJ, based in Taipei, Taiwan. He is a founding editor of New Bloom Magazine, which was formed in the wake of the 2014 Sunflower Movement in Taiwan, and a member of the Lausan Collective, which was formed last year in the course of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

Kerem Nişancıoğlu is a Lecturer in International Relations at SOAS and has organised with the Preventing Prevent campaign in the UK. He co-authored How the West Came to Rule: The Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism (Pluto, 2015) and co-edited Decolonising the University (Pluto, 2018).

Shalini Gera is a lawyer practicing in the Chhattisgarh High Court, and works mainly in the field of safeguarding the rights of indigenous communities in Central India. She is also the Secretary of the Chhattisgarh state chapter of the People's Union for Civil Liberties, India's largest civil rights organisation.

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