Saturday, 1 November 2014

No politics outside Parliament…http://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/britains-tarpaulin-revolution-green-party-return-occupy/

Britain’s Tarpaulin Revolution: the Green Party and the return of Occupy

In the debate / 27/10/2014
The UK’s new ‘Tarpaulin Revolution,’ led by a revived Occupy movement and featuring many Greens, hopes to capture the imaginations of people across Europe – in cities and countries also suffering the impacts of inequality, austerity and ‘democracy’ weighted to benefit the 1%.

Author

Amelia Womack is one of the Deputy Leaders of the Green Party of England & Wales after being elected in 2014.
In the shadow of Parliament’s Big Ben, a global symbol of democracy, I spent the evening of the 23rd October holding hands with protesters standing together to reclaim Parliament Square outside the Palace of Westminster in London to fight for a fairer democracy in the UK. The event was part of the Occupy Movement – a peaceful protest taking place across nine days to show solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong and to highlight the impacts of austerity, inequality, neoliberalism and a lack of liberty on our society.

No politics outside Parliament…

Despite being peaceful, the protesters have been constantly harassed by the police, resulting in a number of warnings being issued for a range of acts including having an umbrella, wearing a hood, and sitting on a sheet of tarpaulin. As a result, the protesters have dubbed the event the “#TarpaulinRevolution”. But why have the police been so heavy-handed, and what has the role of the Green Party been in this movement?
Parliament Square has long been used as a site of protest and is both historically and symbolically an important site of demonstrations. The square is directly visible from the Houses of Parliament, meaning that the space is relevant to protesters to communicate their message to the decision makers inside. Despite the symbolic role that this area holds to the British public, it has been illegal to demonstrate here since 2005, after a new by-law was created to stop an ongoing demonstration by long-term activist Brian Haw who camped out in the square against the Iraq war. Brian’s protest lasted 10 years until his death in 2011. Brian was able to stay at the camp due to the wording of the by-law which said that protesters need permission from the police when the “demonstration starts” – and since Brian’s protest started in 2001 he won a judicial appeal that allowed him to remain on the square – although his life there was filled with constant police harassment.
This law inhibits citizens’ rights to free speech and the right to assemble within a half-mile radius of the Houses of Parliament, and has been challenged under the European Convention on Human rights. The experience of Brian and the current Occupy protesters have shown that the laws that protect the square and property in the area have been given preference over the civil rights of citizens. Fundamentally, while policing Parliament Square, the police do not take a human rights approach to policing, but instead use a property rights approach, such as evicting people to ensure that the grass of the square was protected, and arresting anyone who stood against this order.

November Actions/events Wednesday 19 - No Fees No Cuts national student demonstration http://anticuts.com etc


Here's some stuff coming up in November
Saturday 15 - Cyclists Mass Die-In on Oxford Street http://stopthekilling.org.uk (Donnachadh McCarthy is one of the main organisers)
Sunday 16 - "Remaking Democracy" New Putney Debates final event 1-4pm in Putney - http://thenewputneydebates.com/2014/10/23/re-making-democracy/
Wednesday 19 - No Fees No Cuts national student demonstration http://anticuts.com
Thursday 20 - 24 Hour Vigil for the NSH (Parliament Square) https://twitter.com/peoplesvote4nhs/status/52540069082354483

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Support needed at 1 Rowland Hill St NW3 2AD; place is surrounded by security w dogs. Emergency resistance tomoz 6am as they're planning on forcing their way in.

Support needed at 1 Rowland Hill St NW3 2AD; place is surrounded by security w dogs. Emergency resistance tomoz 6am as they're planning on forcing their way in.

Fwd: Yo guys emergency resistance tomorrow 6am!! Vps get paid £31,000 if they get in and we gonna stop it! Address: 1 Rowland hill street nw3 2ad please spread the word far and wide!!! hopefully see u there

Fwd: Yo guys emergency resistance tomorrow 6am!! Vps get paid £31,000 if they get in and we gonna stop it! Address: 1 Rowland hill street nw3 2ad please spread the word far and wide!!! hopefully see u there

Tonight at 9pm film screening of lilya4ever, at downtown squat on odessa street se16 5lu. Come at 8 for pumpkin soup. Call 07758451780 for directions if lost.

Tonight at 9pm film screening of  lilya4ever, at  downtown squat on odessa street se16 5lu. Come at 8 for pumpkin soup. Call 07758451780 for directions if lost.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Saturday, 25 October 2014

'Give us space' documentary launch party. film starts at 9. followed by q&a and Radical housing Network updates, Pete the Temp with Jane on violin, 52 commercial road with live visuals on housing + Djs -Squeaky Grinder, Buster, Recursive, EK50, Everyday Junglist. Call 07749932726

'Give us space' documentary launch party. film starts at 9. followed by q&a and Radical housing Network updates, Pete the Temp with Jane on violin, 52 commercial road with live visuals on housing + Djs -Squeaky Grinder, Buster, Recursive, EK50, Everyday Junglist. Call 07749932726

Thursday, 23 October 2014

occupydemocracy.org.uk schedule for thurs 23 oct 2014 Ken Loach ,Artist Taxi Driver and Peter Tatchell

Schedule for Thursday, 23rd of October

Justice, Equality and the Media – why the poor are criminalised and the rich get away with it.
9:30am Camp assembly/Whole site work
1pm Lunch
2pm Workshop Hannah Dee (Defend the Right to Protest)
3pm “We Need to talk about Editorial Power – alternative ways forward for the media” by Dan Hind (author of Return of the Public)
4pm Workshop “How the legal system was captured and how we can reclaim democracy through the law” by Melanie Strickland (Occupy Law) and Nina Owen (Earth Lawyer)
5pm A Briefing on the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act (which came into force on Monday) by Matthew Varnham (Occupy London legal advisor)
Ken Loach (director, Spirit of 45) is likely to be coming down to meet people between 3-5pm and may say a few words at some point.
6pm: Speakers including performance artist Mark McGowan (aka The Artist Taxi Driver) and human rights activist Peter Tatchell; followed by supper feast (bring food) and Occupy Democracy’s General Assembly, where people demonstrate what real democracy looks like.
9pm Entertainments

@SchNEWS: Occupy Democracy - still in Parliament Square http://t.co/6gPqgxFEBB/s/ymAX m.twitter.com/SchNEWS

@SchNEWS: Occupy Democracy  - still in Parliament Square http://t.co/6gPqgxFEBB/s/ymAX

m.twitter.com/SchNEWS

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Occupy London Livestream links on bambuser

Artist Txi Driver Occupy Democracy occupy parliament 1/2 #occupydemocracy


Artist Taxi Driver on #occupydemocracy Occupy Democracy occupy parliament 2/2


http://occupylondon.org.uk/ occupy democracy updates

DAY 5 – ABOUT 20 PROTESTERS ARRESTED.
WE DID NOT VOTE TO PRIVATISE THE NHS.
WE DID NOT VOTE FOR FRACKING.
ITS YOUR DEMOCRACY TOO.
SEE YOU THURSDAY 23rd OCTOBER 6pm
OCCUPY DEMOCRACY HAS BECOME ABOUT THE RIGHT TO PROTEST – OUR DEMOCRACY IS BROKEN AND WE ARE UNWITTINGLY SHOWING THAT MORE THAN WE EXEPCTED TO! 
 

Join Occupy Parliament Square! #occupydemocracy


London Assembly Green Party member Jenny Jones arrested at Westminster Occupy protest

London Assembly Green Party member Jenny Jones arrested at Westminster Occupy protest

Jenny Jones Jenny Jones was arrested and "de-arrested" at an Occupy protest in Parliament Square

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Green Party peer Jenny Jones was arrested at a protest in Parliament Square, said the Green Party.
Baroness Jones was then "de-arrested", although it remained unclear whether she was subject to a police summons, said a Green Party spokesman.
One of Baroness Jones's close friends was being questioned by police and she held his arm as he appeared to be in distress, said the spokesman.
Police said they would decide whether to prosecute a 64-year-old woman.
The protest by Occupy was being held in defence of civil liberties and the right to protest.
'Out of sight' Baroness Jones, who is also a London Assembly member, told BBC London 94.9 it was the first time she had been arrested despite years of protesting, "and I got a bit anxious".
Surrounded by police, with people shouting and her wrists being held, "I had a feeling just for a moment what it's like to be completely powerless", she said.
"All I'd been doing was supporting a friend," she said. "I was just there trying to support their civil liberties and their freedom of speech."
The Metropolitan Police said a 64-year-old woman was arrested in Parliament Square at about 11:00 BST "for obstructing police", and was then "de-arrested after giving details suitable for a summons".
The Met will decide "whether to proceed with a prosecution", the statement added.
Officers said they had arrested 15 other people sleeping on tarpaulin in Parliament Square after they failed to leave the area following requests from the police.
The Met said the group was prohibited from sleeping on the square under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act of 2011.
The group was taken to a central London police station.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Watch police clear Occupy protesters from Parliament Square Occupy Democracy protesters continue to rally on Parliament Square in London, as police move to clear the site. Protesters have been rallying for five days to oppose the “corrupt and unrepresentative system” in the country.

Watch police clear Occupy protesters from Parliament Square

 Occupy Democracy protesters continue to rally on Parliament Square in London, as police move to clear the site. Protesters have been rallying for five days to oppose the “corrupt and unrepresentative system” in the country.



"Mass call out for the defence of democracy approved by the General Assembly this evening. Join us in Parliament Square at 6pm on Thursday 23rd Oct to defend democracy." (This has gone out on Twitter and FB this evening) #occupydemocracy #olsx

"Mass call out for the defence of democracy approved by the General Assembly this evening. Join us in Parliament Square at 6pm on Thursday 23rd Oct to defend democracy."
(This has gone out on Twitter and FB this evening) #occupydemocracy

Parliament Sq occupydemocracynow 2

Democracy closed for repairs parliament sq fenced off #occupydemocracy

 Democracy closed for repairs parliament sq fenced off #occupydemocracy 8 am this morning sq cleared by police 21 arrests by now.including Jenny Jones of London assembly arrested and de arrested. Harris fencing put all around sq for repairs.clearly politically motivated.new by laws say u need to ask permission for banners or written material.yet no reply to two days of request by phone email etc.
Electronic interference by authorities,Twitter and face book accounts not working in the area.

Moscow Peking,Azerbaijan dictatorships.no welcome to Britain tory Tyrrany  2014







#occupydemocracy livestream from Parliament square now network it

#occupydemocracy livestream from Parliament square now network it
http://bambuser.com/v/5014201

@chunkymark: #occupydemocracy imagine this scene outside any parliament in the world and state media never reported it http://t.co/C5eXiYv0vj


Monday, 20 October 2014

@SchNEWS: Proposed coal bed methane site occupied in Wrexham #frackoff http://t.co/mxbnGgTXHw/s/s2Up m.twitter.com/SchNEWS

@SchNEWS: Proposed coal bed methane site occupied in Wrexham #frackoff http://t.co/mxbnGgTXHw/s/s2Up

m.twitter.com/SchNEWS

Hundreds of police officers attack Occupy Democracy participants because they don't want them to sit on tarpaulins.#occupydemocracy

http://youtu.be/3Nb1J8JsR3w

Battle of the tarp parliament square #occupydemocracy

https://t.co/5PQsY14C0V/s/Sphf

#occupydemocracy trending at no 2

#occupydemocracy trending at no 2

Less freedom in Westminster's Parliament Square than in Hong Kong!! Donnachadh McCarthy 19th October 2014

Less freedom in Westminster's Parliament Square than in Hong Kong!!

Donnachadh McCarthy
19th October 2014

Donnachadh McCarthy went to Parliament Square yesterday to address a peaceful rally about the failings of British democracy. The intimidatory, violent and inflammatory police reaction only confirmed everything he had to say - as did the dignified restraint of the Occupy Democracy protestors.

Please go and support these brave protesters today or during the week if you can.
Yesterday I was invited to speak about 'The Prostitute State - How Britain's Democracy Has Been Bought' - at the Occupy Democracy Rally in Parliament Square.
The plan was to give the talk (which went well - despite being nervous) and meet up with a friend later for dinner.
Instead I ended up being threatened with arrest not once, not twice but six times and ended up sleeping rough in the open all night in Parliament Square with the amazing people seeking to establish the weeklong democracy Occupy Democracy forum !
The first near arrest was for holding on to a placard stating that "Occupy Democracy is a drug and alcohol free zone".
Three policemen nearly broke my fingers to take it off me, whilst refusing to tell me on what grounds a peaceful protester could not have such a placard.
The second near arrest was when about 60 of us were sitting around in a circle on the grass discussing democracy and occupy. About 40 riot police surrounded about 20 of us and kettled us in. They then threatened us with arrest for refusing as peaceful citizens to give our names.
The third near arrest happened when I helped rescue one of the peaceful democracy debaters from a snatch squad.
The fourth near arrest happened when I saw the private security guard boss who disgracefully now police Parliament Square (AOS) , indicate uglily three peaceful democracy debaters whom he wanted arrested and helped grab them out of the way.
The fifth near arrest was when I argued that the police were guilty of unnecessary harassment and making a farce of the Metropolitan Police, in seeking to wake up one of the democracy debaters who was asleep, as they claimed the plastic bag he was using to keep himself dry was "an object assisting him to sleep" and that this was illegal in Parliament Square!
The sixth and final near-arrest was this morning when the police sergeant and four policement dragged me away from Occupy Democracy for the heinous crime of holding a placard with their values:
"Peaceful non-violence
No discrimination of any sort
No drugs or alcohol on-site"

They eventually tore it off me, after I exercised peacecful direct action in seeking to hold on to it, whilst asking on what grounds it was illegal to have such a sign and the sergent tore it to shreds.
Hundreds of police - but whatever for?
There were literally hundreds and hundreds of police surrounding the democracy debate.
Then another police cordon around the squares footpaths - within which the press were banned.
Then the entire boundary of the square was surrounded by police vans.
A police helicopter hovered over-head. Hundreds more police were in vans spread all around the vecinity.
This massive over-policing and attempts to shut the democratic forum down was truly shocking and outrageous.
However, despite repeated provocation the democrats remained peaceful, and with huge help from the legal team, Occupy faced down all of the attacks and is now proceeding peacefully with talks and workshops all week, including today.
Please go and support these brave protesters today or during the week if you can.
I am now going to crash ... grateful for not being in jail and grateful for helping claim this space for open demoractic debate for nine days, outside the Whore of Parliaments.
 http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2600887/less_freedom_in_westminsters_parliament_square_than_in_hong_kong.html


Information on the week-long protest, 17th-26th October.
Evening Standard article: standard.co.uk/news/london/occupy-london-protesters-start-week-long-demonstration-9803689.html
Donnachadh McCarthy FRSA is a former Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrats. He can be reached via his website 3acorns.

Copies of his book 'The Prostitute State - How Britain's Democracy Has Been Bought' are available from theprostitutestate.co.uk.
E-book version available from www.Lulu.com.

Police move to clear Occupy protesters from Parliament Square but fail.More rights to protest in Hong Kong than parliament square

Police move to clear Occupy protesters from Parliament Square

Between 50 and 100 Occupy Democracy protesters remain after police arrest one and evict others after three days in square
Occupy protesters in Parliament Square
Police officers and Occupy protesters in Parliament Square on Saturday night. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA
Police made one arrest after hundreds of officers converged on Parliament Square in London on Sunday night in an attempt to remove Occupy Democracy protesters.
A Metropolitan police spokesman said that officers were enforcing a notice to desist. The demonstrators, who were in the third day of occupying the square, were given 30 minutes to leave or face arrest.
Possessing items that could be used for sleeping in Parliament Square was made illegal under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.
One protester used a smartphone to send a live video stream of the eviction to the Bambuser website as others condemned the police action on social media.
Officers could be seen dragging away some of the protesters after they refused to leave.
An Occupy spokeswoman described the police action as “absolutely crazy”.
She said offficers told them that they could not sit on tarpaulins, which were deemed to be “structures”.
Officers did not remove all of the protesters and between 50 and 100 remained in the square late on Sunday night.
The person who was arrested was being held in custody at Charing Cross police station.
Occupy London said on its Twitter feed: “David Cameron supported HK pro-democracy protests but is intent on crushing them in UK w[ith] violence.”
The group planned to remain in Parliament Square for another week. According to its website, the goal of the Occupy Democracy campaign is to “direct the energy from current single-issue struggles into a critical mass that can radically challenge the corrupt and unrepresentative system”.
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/oct/19/occupy-protesters-parliament-square-london

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Call out support the occupation of parliament sq. Today + next 9 days, talks,workshops,GAs,music, bring instruments,umbrellas,camp chairs n waterproofs.major victory to stay last night despite 200 police operation.www.occupydemocracy.org.uk pass it on

Call out support the occupation of parliament sq. Today + next 9 days, talks,workshops,GAs,music, bring instruments,umbrellas,camp chairs n waterproofs.major victory to stay last night despite 200 police operation.www.occupydemocracy.org.uk pass it on

Criminal Justice Act 20th Anniversary E vent coming up at MayDay Rooms (London) today 2-10 pm

Criminal Justice Act 20th Anniversary Event coming up at MayDay Rooms (London)

Daily Star, 10 October 1994 (from Datacide archive)

Revolt of the Ravers: The Movement Against the Criminal Justice Act, 1994

Sunday October 19th 2014, 2 pm –  10 pm,  at MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH
(Admission free)

Twenty years ago, on 9 October 1994, a huge demonstration against the Government's Criminal Justice Act ended in London's Hyde Park with riotous clashes, police horses charging, and people dancing to sound systems. The Act brought in new police powers against raves, squatters, protestors, travellers and others, and was passed amidst widespread opposition.

Tonight the party is at the clayton arms pub on clayton road se15 5aj . C u there

Tonight the party is at the clayton arms pub on clayton road se15 5aj .  C u there

Parliament square occupied now come and support

Www.occupydemocracy.org.uk
Tonight despite the best efforts of the GLA and the police an occupation is happening in parliament.a new law was passed about no tents or sleeping structures. However when the police were challenged about the by laws they claimed to be enforcing.they could not find a reason for which the bye laws came into effect.after a few hours of legal wrangling.the chief inspector was left stuttering on the phone to Bindmans solicitors.saying there was actually no reason why the bye laws should be enforced.the police stood down dropped their cordon  and a direct democracy GA ensued. 

Well done to all the crew who resisted.check the website for Nxt 9 days of workshops,talks and activities.we need chairs umbrella and food to the frontline.come and support network it viva the resistance