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N30 Day of mass protest against ConDem government

November 30, 2011
Letter being distributed by the Metropolitan Police today

Letter being distributed by the Metropolitan Police today

OccupyLSX tower banners

OccupyLSX tower banners

OccupyLSX march departs towards Central London from St Paul's

OccupyLSX march departs towards Central London from St Paul's

All Power to the 99% Occupy

All Power to the 99% Occupy

Power to the 99% banner drop Panton House

Power to the 99% banner drop Panton House

protesters being kettled on Panton Street

protesters being kettled on Panton Street

Hectic times on Panton Street

Hectic times on Panton Street

evening kettle still in place Leicester Square

evening kettle still in place Leicester Square

a damp squib?

a damp squib?

Message from OccupyLondon legal observers: there is no obligation to give out your name and address to police if stopped and searched. — OccupyLSX

Just about to join those on strike in their march through Brighton today for a fairer society and fair pensions for all. — Caroline Lucas MP

Potential arrestee advice. Ask for pace code of practice, paper, pen. stay calm and focused. Remember no comment until custody sergeant. — OccupyLSX

Last week we had histrionic reporting by the BBC, the end of the world was nigh.

- Bailout the people, not the banks!

Lunchtime today the BBC reported a damp squib. Few Job Centres were closed (though no mention many on short-term contracts risk losing their jobs), many schools open. And what of the chaos at Heathrow, long queues, passengers held on aircraft for twelve hours? Apperently no noticable difference from any other day.

BBC reporting has become so bad they are being reduced to a laughing stock.

The Daily Mail is beyond a joke. It was forced to delete its on-line poll when it showed 84% support for the strike!

George Osborne had guaranteed a mass turnout with his Autumn Statement yesterday.

- George Osborne screws the environment and pisses on the poor
Stage set for austerity with no end in sight

The day started with a banner drop by OccupyLSX at Liverpool Street Station and the Met Police engaging in their usual intimidation, a letter was distributed and Section 60 areas declared.

One of the Section 60 areas where police can stop and search was outside the Bank of Ideas. It was seen for what it was, intelligence gathering and intimidation.

Section 60 is applied “where there is a possibility of serious violence”. How was this applicable outside the Bank of Ideas?

- Met Police – What is Stop and Search?

OccupyLSX offered a tour of interesting places.

Shame on those Labour MPs who unlike their Welsh and Scottish colleagues crossed the picket lines.

For the spinless Ed Miliband it was more important to cross the picket lines to engage in childish public schoolboy exhanges (about all he is capable of) than standing shoulder-to-shoulder with those on the streets.

Think what a message it would have sent if the Opposition Benches in the Commons today were empty?

Caroline Lucas showed the way. She joined a march in Brighton calling for fair pensions and a fairer society. Something we can all sign up to.

Mid-afternoon OccupyLSX took direct action against mining company Xstrata, a ‘leading light’ of the FTSE 100 and British industry to highlight the fact that CEO Mick Davies was the highest compensated CEO of all the FTSE 100 companies in the last year, when his companies had losses and the economy collapsed. He received £18,426,105 for his efforts. Led by a samba band from Piccadilly Circus around 60 protesters managed to gain access to the offices at 25-7 Haymarket off Piccadilly Circus. A banner saying “All power to the 99%” from the roof top.

- Occupy London targets UK’s highest paid FTSE CEO
“Occupy” protesters break into London office
Building housing Britain’s highest paid CEO is raided
Public sector strikes: Occupy storms Haymarket office as PM taunts unions

Michael Gove has been highly critical of the public sector strikes (though he does recognise the right to strike). His private office is funded by Mick Davies!

The Territorial Support Group (thugs in police uniform who should have been disbanded years ago) could not resist beating up a few protesters. Those held in a kettle found there were more undercover cops than peaceful protesters and it was the undercover cops causing the Breach of the Peace.

Faced with violent rioters in the summer, the police ran away and let business burn to the ground. Faced with peaceful protesters the police go in heavy-handed.

This evening bakers arrived for a dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel in Park Lane for the bankers awards. Is there one for the greediest bastard?

Top story in The Protest Report (Wednesday 30 November 2011).

- #N30Strike #OccupyN30 – as it happens
York strikes receive boost from Solidaritea volunteers
Unions hail public sector strike
Unions claim strikes well supported
LIVE: Over 2 million public sector workers expected to strike in biggest action seen for a generation
Is it time to occupy the highways?
A New Winter of Discontent: Massive Strikes in UK Protest Government Austerity
Occupy: we are the world

Bailout the people, not the banks!

November 26, 2011
Bail out the people not the banks

Bail out the people not the banks

Bail out the people not the banks

Bail out the people not the banks

Bail out the people not the banks

Bail out the people not the banks

Occupy London Shut Down the City

Occupy London Shut Down the City

strike while the iron is hot

strike while the iron is hot

Yesterday, I heard from the BBC not balanced reporting, as their charter requires, but histrionics. The end of the world is nigh, the country is about to be hit by an all out nuclear attack or a gigantic tsunami or a hurricane of unknown magnitude, or at least that was the impression given, not that public servants, most who will not be noticed one way or another, are to take the day off work in a national strike.

I did not notice this histrionics when the country shut down for the day during the summer for the Royal Wedding, though I did notice a completely over-the-top reaction to a handful of protests.

I did not notice this hysteria when Heathrow was closed for several days last winter due to snow or last spring when volcanic ash closed down flights.

It is the norm in Europe for airports and ports to be closed during strikes, and yet the countries manage to cope.

We are told foreigners will not wish to come here, that inward investment will dry up.

All total tosh!

What’s up then?

What has got the hated ConDem governement worried is the numbers who are going to take to the streets.

The despised ConDem govermenment has been using a hyped budget deficit to justify slash and burn of public services. Shock doctrine. Class warfare is being waged against the poor, the disadvantaged and the elderly

Not a day seems to go by without some statement or other being issued by the obscene ConDem government which will hit one or more of these groups.

The rise in fuel duty on petrol and diesel to be offset by not paying in full the increase in benefits in line with inflation. The poorest to pay for the rich to drive their gas guzzling cars. We all pay through climate chaos and deaths and ill-health due to air pollution.

Petrol and diesel are actually lower in real terms.

Even if the poor were compensated in full for the increase in inflation, they would still be out of pocket. Most of their income goes on fuel and food, both of which have risen much faster than inflation. In the case of fuel, 20% increase over the last year. More and more poor households are sinking into fuel poverty, faced with a stark choice between heating and eating.

Unemployment pay from when it was introduced retained its value as half the average wage, even under Margaret Thatcher. It halved under neoLabour.

Train fares are due to rise in January by far more than inflation. In October the ConDem government removed the scheme that gave elderly and disabled half price coach travel.

The ConDem government is wishing to lower the minimum wage, remove employment protection from at least a million workers.

The latest wheeze to hit the poor is to remove tax credits from the working poor to introduce an employment scheme for the young. Remember YTS, Youth Training Scheme of the 1980s? It was a total failure, it was hated by the young, its only purpose to provide cheap labour. Well it is about to be dusted down, reintroduced under another name.

Last year we saw brutal crackdown on student protests when they tried to march on Parliament. Student fees tripled, EMA abolished (a lifeline for students from poor households).

We do not have democracy, at least not in the neo-Gothic Palace of Westminster where we have childish public schoolboy slanging matches.

Well actually we do have democracy, it is taking place every day at St Paul’s in-the-Camp, the Bank of Ideas and at least two dozen occupy sites across the country. That is why the ConDem government and Mayor Boris the bankers friend have done everything possible to smear the camps, but their smears have spectacularly backfired, the public has seen through their lies.

And when the smears do not work send in the paramilitary thugs as we have seen in the US and Tahrir Square.

- Paramilitary policing and police brutality from Seattle to Occupy Wall Street

When the banks were bailed out, which we all paid for both directly through our taxes and indirectly through the impact on the economy, no strings were attached.

The ConDem government say they have levied a bank levy. The amount raised will be dwarfed by this autumn’s obscene round of bank bonuses. How about a 50% tax on bank bonuses?

Dave Hartnett head of HMRC the most wined and dined public servant. Vodafone, Goldman Sachs and other tax dodgers are delighted. How about going after the taxes Vodafone and others owe?

- Collect the evaded tax, avoid the cuts

Occupy London Shut Down the city is what scares the ConDem government witless, that we are going to see the greatest street protests yet against this obscene government, the 99% versus the 1%!


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