Anti-Capitalists are targeting the rich in the West End of London in the
run-up to the G8 Summit next month.
Friday (May 10), protest group Stop G8 published a detailed map (available
at https://network23.org/stopg8/files/2013/05/citymap_g8_webposter.jpg of
capitalist London, showing what it says are the hidden places of power in
the West End.
The news comes as Home Secretary, Theresa May is said to be in favour of
the use of water cannons for the first time on mainland UK, fearing that
"thousands of anarchists" are converging on Britain ahead of the summit.
The targets for anti-capitalist demonstrators include everything from
banks to arms manufacturers, energy, PR and security firms.
Courts and police stations are also marked on the map as are 'Dens of the
Rich' such as Claridge's, Annabel's and Boodle's private club. Buckingham
Palace also appears, being described as the hideout of the infamous
Stop G8 is behind calls for a week of actions in London from June 10 to
June 14 just before the G8 Summit itself in County Fermanagh.
Its website at network23.org/stopg8 lists protests planned for most days
that week, but the main focus is on a Carnival Against Capitalism on
Tuesday June 11, which is being dubbed #J11.
Describing #J11, Stop G8 says:
"Traditionally, carnival is the time where the people take over the
streets, the bosses run and hide, and the world gets turned upside down.
It is a time to celebrate our resistance and our dreams, to bring music
and colour to the streets. And also to show our strength and our anger."
"The powerful feel safe in London so long as they go unchallenged. But the
people looting our planet have names and addresses. On #J11 we will party
in the streets, point out the hiding places of power, and take back the
heart of our city for a day. Our streets. Our world."
Although the G8 Summit is being held in Northern Ireland, and some groups
will be protesting near the venue, the UK anti-capitalists have chosen to
focus on London in the days leading up to the showcase international
The Stop G8 group explains it is targeting the capital because it is at
the heart of global capitalism and one of the main hubs of a worldwide
system of money and power.
It adds: "Deals made here build factories in Asia, burn down forests in
South America, and start wars in Africa.
"For billionaires, dictators, and other parasites, London is a safe place
to hide out, launder money, and go shopping. These people are not
untouchable. They are right here on our doorstep, and they have names and
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