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Occupy Democracy – The Battle of the Tarpaulin

October 25, 2014


If a progressive movement can gauge the effect it’s having from the response of the State, then the Unions should be ashamed of themselves, and the Occupy movement should be cheering loudly.

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Depending on whom you believe, the Unions roused between 50,000 and 100,000 people to march a tiring long course to Hyde Park to listen to the same old speeches from the same list of actors, demanding change but seldom challenging the system.

Policing was hands-off, relatively low key, and generally good-natured.

Meanwhile, globally there is a movement growing that recognises the present system of central banking and corporate power is so out of all public and democratic control, so corrupt, and so destructive that it can’t be ‘changed’ but must be replaced.

Although in the UK the movement appears to be small in numbers, it’s clear it has a growing resonance, and that more and more people are…

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This is what democracy looks like

October 23, 2014
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this is what democracy looks like

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At the weekend activists occupied Parliament Square to show solidarity with the activists in Hong Kong.

They were met by brutal attacks by the police. They managed to hold their ground, but have now been dispersed leaving one man clinging to a statue of Winston Churchill.

Man and statue are now surrounded by fencing and a phalanx of police.

Anyone who tries to pass the man food or water is arrested or threatened with arrest.

Do the police have nothing better to do?

The Battle for Parliament Square

December 13, 2010

When you hold a mirror up to Government, it lashes out. The truth hurts; government and corporations are parasites upon the beautiful and natural human spirit.

9th December 2010, London – Thousands of students send a message to the British establishment by occupying Parliament Square despite Police attempts to prevent this and also attacking the Royal Family by targetting Prince Charles and his wife.

Opening and closing track: La Roux ‘In For The Kill’ – Skrillex remix.


Right to protest?

Caroline Lucas MP speaks at student fees protest

A sad day for democracy

Captain SKA – Liar Liar

London Student Assembly Press Conference

Alfie Meadows seriously injured in student fees protest

Inside the Parliament Square kettle

Kettled During 9th of December Protest

Alfie Meadows seriously injured in student fees protest

December 12, 2010

Alfie Meadows, a participant in the student fee protest on Thursday, was part of a large group that had been “kettled” — rounded up indiscriminately and confined by police. When he attempted to leave the kettle with a group of friends — including two sympathetic lecturers — he suffered a blow to the head from a police baton.

He fell unconscious on the way to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where he underwent a three-hour operation to save his life.

On arriving at he hospital he and his mother were told that he was not going to be admitted, they were only admitting injured police officers and they would have to go to another hospital. The ambulance driver kicked up a fuss, which resulted in Alfie Meadows being admitted.

A vigil for Alfie has been mounted outside Charing Cross Hospital.

Alfie Meadows was one of the 44 protestors who were taken to hospital by the ambulance service on Thursday.

A much larger number were injured during the day which saw mass kettling by the police and violent attacks early on by police trying to stop students and protestors assembling in Parliament Square, and then from leaving the Square. A student had her collar bone broken when mounted police charged.There were various reports of unconscious people and other hospitalisations due to head injuries. Press were also reportedly targeted by some police officers for beatings and some officers went after cameras trying to smash them.

Also see

London Student Assembly Press Conference

Police officers ‘tried to stop hospital staff treating injured protester’
Student has emergency brain surgery after ‘being beaten around the head with police truncheon’ during protest

Vigil for Alfie Meadows DayX3 Injured Near Fatal

Police investigate truncheon attack

Student protester operated on after being ‘hit with police baton’

‘Scenes of police officers being dragged off police horses and beaten’

hospital refusing to treat protestors?

Captain SKA – Liar Liar

A sad day for democracy

Student fees protests: who started the violence?

Inside the Parliament Square kettle

Kettled During 9th of December Protest

‘Scenes of police officers being dragged off police horses and beaten’

December 11, 2010

‘Scenes of police officers being dragged off police horses and beaten’ — David Cameron

According to British Prime Minister David Cameron, during the student protests on Thursday, there were ‘Scenes of police officers being dragged off police horses and beaten’.

Now I do not know what is his source of information, he gives the impression this was something her personally saw, but it could be his source was the police themselves.

There were scenes of police horses charging demonstrators (sparks flying from their hooves) the charge resulting in one girl with a broken collar bone, of police beating demonstrators, one man so badly beaten on the head that it is touch and go whether or not he will die, one man dragged from a wheelchair, people kettled on the streets when all they wanted to do was go home.

There was one incident of a police officer falling from his horse, then being dragged along the ground by fellow police officers.

Dragging this injured officer along the ground was the worst thing that could have been done to him and could well have made his injuries worse. If you look in the middle background at the beginning you can see police beating two people huddled together trying to protect their heads.

The film footage is believed to have been taken by the police and then handed to the media.

In their press statements the police blatantly lied.

Sup Julia Pendry speaking outside Scotland Yard claimed kettling had not been used until the violence kicked off after the vote in the House of Commons. Not true. Kettling had been used or attempted earlier in the day.

She complained of protesters not following official routes. They had not done so because police kept blocking the route with protesters playing a cat and mouse game with the police down side streets to avoid the police barricades.

She said protesters were allowed to protest peacefully outside Parliament. There were barriers preventing protesters from approaching parliament. These were tore down and protesters occupied Parliament Square.

She complained of the violence by protesters. No mention of violence by her officers earlier in the day, including a charge by mounted police.

She said her officers were tired and wanted to go home, that they had been on duty for 12 hours. She urged the protesters to calm down and go home, if anyone was in contact with those who were on the streets, to contact them and urge them to go home. At least her officers had been fed and watered and probably had breaks. Those held in Parliament Square were cold and tired and hungry and wanted to go home. They were not able to. The police would not let them out. Those who approached police barricades reported being at best laughed at, at worse beaten. They were then herded onto Westminster Bridge and held there. Medical treatment was withheld from those who needed it.

Please David Cameron reflect on what happened that day and please check your facts. Had there not been a malfunction of democracy, had there been dialogue not confrontation, had common sense prevailed and the vote to raise student fees been lost, there would have been partying and jubilation on the streets, instead there was violence. Violence brought about by the tactics of the police during the day and anger and frustration at the lack of democratic accountability.

I am really pleased to see a new poll says the LibDms are unelectable.

Also see

Were police ‘dragged off horses and beaten’? No

Police on horses charge students

Captain SKA – Liar Liar

A sad day for democracy

Student fees protests: who started the violence?

Inside the Parliament Square kettle

Kettled During 9th of December Protest

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