Violence on Trial

Mar 23, 2011

Mutiny is back after the sell out success of Love on Trial with its usual revolutionary cocktail of explosive entertainment, open and inclusive discussions and brilliant analysis from grassroots activists, artists, academics and troublemakers.

This time we will be putting Violence on Trial on April 28th and asking: Why has Mubarak’s use of torture and repression been actively aided for decades? What has been the role of violence in the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions and where did it come from?

We raised £100 from the audience during Love on Trial to help pay for a speaker to come directly from the revolution in Egypt having agreed to contribute £150 to travel costs.


John Rees of Stop the War is currently in Egypt and will return to speak about revolution and royals. This will be the night before the royal wedding so a change to vent fury at the privilage of inheritance sustained through brutal violence.

And in the wake of the student rebellion against the EMA theft we will also be asking why is it that during the student demonstrations of 2010 throwing a fire extinguisher off a roof could result in a 32 month jail sentence but charging school children on horseback and beating students into comas get commendations from the Government?

Is it contradictory to condemn the NATO invasion of Afghanistan for its attacks on civilians but then to support the Afghan resistance?

Unarmed truth

Why did Gandhi and the Indian independence struggle choose non-violent direct action against the British whilst Algerian freedom fighters used violence against the French? And what of Martin Luther Kings fight for ‘unarmed truth and unconditional love.’

Is capitalism wedded to violence? From Shell Oil’s role in the murder of Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa to CocaCola’s use of repression against Trade Unionists in Colombia, the capitalist system is rife with violence. How would things be different under another system?

Is violence necessary for Revolution? What is the best way to bring
about change? Is there a difference between mass peaceful demonstrations and direct action?


Plus a history of the streets of the UK, from our very own Revolution in 1649 and the cutting off of the kings head to the Suffragettes claim that ‘the broken window pane is the most valuable argument in modern politics.’

And if that was not enough…
Gun talk in music – is it to blame for gun crime on the streets?
Domestic violence – the unspoken danger at home.
Who should we fear more – terrorists or those paid to protect us from them?

We are always looking for artwork, musicians, poets, visual artists, short films, speakers and, of course, participants for the evening so send us any ideas & suggestions by emailing us at

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