Counter Olympics Network


Discussion about Games Monitor research into radioactive contamination of the Olympic Park

5 Jul 2012 – 19:00 – 20:30

Investigative research into radioactive waste on the Olympic Park site

Discussion with Paul Charman and Mike Wells of Games Monitor, chaired by Julian Cheyne

Thursday 5th July 19.00 – 20.30, Auditorium

UCL Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0NS

A hosted discussion with Paul Charman and Mike Wells, will explore the processes of investigative journalism, including the limitations of Freedom of Information legislation, and the detail of their investigations into the excavation and disposal of contaminated and radioactive soil on the Olympic Park site in Stratford.


Filed under: environment, events

London Takes Gold

London Takes Gold from Marie Billegrav Bryant on Vimeo.

London Takes Gold is an antidote to Olympic propaganda.

London 2012 organisers fear everything – streakers, terrorists, ambush marketeers, brand hijackers, space hijackers, real hijackers, ticket touts, Olympic flame firefighters, dog walkers, Tibetans, and survivors of Olympic sponsor Dow Chemical, everyone except the VIPs is on the list of suspects.

This film plots local opposition to the construction of Olympic buildings on public parkland and also examines controversy over Olympic sponsors.

While on location shooting footage for this film at Leyton Marsh, Mike Wells was arrested and spent the following 8 days in prison. The authorities were unwilling to grant bail as they claimed he would make mischief in relation the Olympic Project if released. Under his bail conditions, which he believes have been used as a political instrument, he is banned from the proximity of Olympic venue/s.

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London Takes Gold

Filed under: environment, film, policing & civil liberties, public space, the problem with the Olympics

Postponed – March to Leyton Marsh: Saturday 16 June, 12 moon

Please note, this event has been postponed!

Save Leyton marsh: March to the marsh
Sat 16th June, assemble 12 noon, Hackney Town Hall
March to Leyton Marsh for speakers at 2pm

They stole our land, they unearthed explosives and hazardous waste. They tried to criminalise the local community!
Legacy, what legacy is there for us? Enough is Enough!

Filed under: environment, events, take action

BP or not BP? The debut performance of the Reclaim Shakespeare Company

On April 23rd 2012 – Shakespeare’s birthday and the launch of the World Shakespeare Festival – a group of merry players known as the “Reclaim Shakespeare Company” took unexpectedly to the stage in Stratford-upon-Avon, just before a Royal Shakespeare Company performance of The Tempest. This piece of guerilla Shakespeare aimed to challenge the RSC over its decision to accept sponsorship from BP in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster and the oil company’s decision to start extracting highly polluting and destructive tar sands in Canada. Find out more here:…

Filmed by Zoe Broughton

Here’s the script in full:

What country, friends, is this?

Where the words of our most prized poet

Can be bought to beautify a patron

So unnatural as British Petroleum?

Strange association!

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Filed under: campaigns, corporate gain, environment, the problem with the Olympics

Campaign for a More Sustainable OLympics (CAMSOL) statement

Posted at

11 April 2012

This morning CAMSOL masqueraded as Sustainability Manager for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) in order to highlight their unethical decision to make BP Sustainability Partner for the London 2012 Olympics. The story was picked up by several media outlets, including City AM and LBC radio, who ran a live interview with us.

In taking action against BP’s role as Sustainability Partner for the London 2012 Olympics, we are standing up for those suffering as a direct result of BP’s unsustainable practices across the world. Catastrophes such as the Deepwater Horizon spill are still having immense economic and health impacts for those living on the Gulf of Mexico coast and projects such as the Alberta tar sands have devastated indigenous communities and wreaked havoc with the local ecosystem. In addition to this, BP’s closure of its solar sector demonstrates a clear shift away from renewable energy development and back towards their core business of unsustainable fossil-fuel extraction.

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Filed under: campaigns, corporate gain, environment

Video – Dedicated to Leyton Marsh

a Struggle to Survive – Dedicated to Leyton Mar

Filed under: environment, film, the problem with the Olympics

Whose Games? Whose City?


12 noon, Saturday 28 July
Assemble Mile End Park, East London.

March to Wennington Green for People's Games for All (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF FINAL DESTINATION)

A family-friendly protest. More details and press release

@counterOlympics twitter action

London Takes Gold

A struggle to survive: dedicated to Leyton Marsh

LONDON OLYMPICS Lost Opportunities

Olympics: This Is Not A War Zone

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Solidarity T-shirts! Sold in support of the Save Leyton Marsh Campaign. Different colours and sizes. Contact us if you would like some/one.

From the Anti-Olympics poster competition!

Don’t Buy It, by Regime

‘Out damn logo!’ The Reclaim Shakespeare Company