UK Social Struggles Newswire Archive
25-05-2011 14:18Claim posted on 325 website from attack on banks on Cherry Hinton Rd, Cambridge....
25-05-2011 13:26A statement of demands to the local state from the Unemployed People's Movement in South Africa.
This is the same man who in 2009 went on the record as claiming expenses for his parent's home, which is just eight miles from his own ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Pickles)!
24-05-2011 21:27Tommorow Syntagma square is giving a message to the world
An interview conducted with youth in the Possilpark area of Glasgow, subject to a trial ‘dispersal zone’ order.
‘I’m wondering, though, if there’s four police cutting about, can we tell them to disperse?’
24-05-2011 11:25DRAFT PROPOSAL FOR A SERIOUS ALTERNATIVE TO DIRECT DEMOCRACY
Everything you wanted to know about anarchism/libertarian communism but were afraid to ask. A panel discussion featuring members of the Anarchist Federation http://www.afed.org.uk/ , Solidarity Federation http://www.solfed.org.uk/ and the Commune http://thecommune.co.uk/ .
The protest and camp outside London's Spanish embasy that started almost a week ago grew in strenght during the weekend. On Friday night around 50 people set up camp, and on Saturday more people joined in to spend the night on the pavement opposite to the embassy. But it was during the day when the protest grew to several hundred, specially on Saturday when around 500 people joined in throughout the afternoon till well into the night.
Several working groups were formed and started to work on different aspects of the protest. These included logistics, communications & media, international, and art & action. The days were mostly spent in working groups meetings and plenary assemblies that discussed issues ranging from logistics and the future of the London protest, to people debating the characteristics and aims of this 'movement' both here in London and in Spain, as well as how it can be expanded beyond Spain. People from Italy and Portugal were present at the Sunday's assembly where they announced that people are starting to discuss plans for similar square occupations in their countries.
There was also time for spontaneous protest as people periodically gathered shouting "they (politicians) don't represent us!" whilst banging pots and pans. The bigger, loudest and more festive protest of the weekend was on Saturday night, with people improvising chants and slogans against politicians, representative democracy, bankers, political parties and demanding a system change.
On Sunday the plenary assembly decided to dismantle the camp until next weekend - starting on Friday 27th - but to continue the protest outside the embassy every day from 7 to 9pm, in solidarity with the camps in Madrid's Puerta del Sol [live webcam] and Barcelona's Plaça de Catalunya that announced they would continue for at least another week. During the daily protests this week there are plans for working groups meetings, workshops and further assemblies that will decide on the shape of the protest for nesxt weekend as well as how to continue is 'movement' in London.
Here there are some photos from Sunday afternoon and evening ...
Related articles in London Indymedia:
More information about the protests in London:
More information about the square occupations in Spain:
- Puerta del Sol Occupation blog
- 24h live webcam from Puerta del Sol
- Plaça Catalunya Occupation blog
- Video Gallery from Barcelona's La Tele
- Live feeds from Spain an across Europe
23-05-2011 16:22Life in the camp in Sol, Madrid: self-management, solidarity and direct action.
23-05-2011 15:42Defend Dale Farm!
Monday 23rd May, 8pm
The Cowley Club, Brighton
23-05-2011 14:50War Resisters' International has learned that imprisoned pacifist blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad has been moved to solitary confinement at El Marg prison.
23-05-2011 14:48Dear friends of the world,We see below a short
declaration of principles of Barcelona Camp
Here a message from the International Commission to help to spread protest worldwide and coordinate internationally
22nd May, 2011:
Hundreds, overwhelmingly Spanish, marched in Edinburgh Sunday evening in Solidarity with the demonstration in Madrid.