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Occupy London – four months on and this is only the beginning

Posted 2 years ago on Feb. 22, 2012, 3:20 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

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from Occupy London:

Occupy London, part of the global movement for social and economic justice, today pledged to continue the campaign it started over four months ago in solidarity with similar campaigns in the US and beyond. Today, the Court of Appeal ruled that none of the five applications presented by Occupy London and Anonymous UK supporters would be heard.

Tammy Samede, the representative appellant on behalf of Occupy London commented: “It is a travesty that today’s decision will limit voices of dissent within the City of London. However, Occupy is far from over. We’ve cut our milk teeth at St Paul’s and now we are maturing, growing and learning how to run. From our work in schools to outreach in communities to even creating a record label, the creativity and imagination of the Occupy movement is beginning to bloom and our voices will be heard.

“The City of London is being wreckless in not providing a timetable for any action they wish to take and it is of great concern that they have refused to rule out the possibility of a nighttime eviction, in contravention of the guidelines set down by the Ministry of Justice.”

Occupy London Stock Exchange at St Paul’s Churchyard, the longest running Occupy encampment of its size, has now been in place over twice as long as Occupy Wall Street’s occupation of Zuccotti Square, which was cleared by NYPD in mid-November in controversial circumstances. Unlike their counterparts in New York, city authorities in London have been forced to comply with the rule of law and pursue their case through the courts.

John Cooper QC commented: “The five day trial and the hearing last week in front of one of the most influential courts in the country has firmly established Occupy as a leading and influential force in public debate. The legal proceedings recognised their integrity, determination and influence for good in modern Society.”

“Of course my clients are disappointed that in accordance with the strict interpretation of domestic law, they have not prevailed today but they do not regret one second of the chance afforded to them to make their case and challenge the approach of the Corporation and the Church.

“My clients will now be urgently considering their next legal steps with their legal team and will, we anticipate, be bringing their case to the European Court of Human Rights to give that Court the opportunity to consider the state of public protest law in Britain.” Professor John Cooper QC will continue to advise pro bono.

This is only the beginning

The first press release issued from Occupy London on the occasion of its first General Assembly on 15 October said: “Our movement for change transcends political affiliation – you don’t have to be left or right. Come and join us as we begin to open up a space in London’s Square Mile to start much needed conversations about changes in the financial sector and government, so that they better serve and protect the interests and well being of the country.”

On the terms we set for ourselves, Occupy London’s first four months cannot be seen as anything other than a resounding success.

This is just the beginning. The movement is growing and evolving beyond its spiritual and symbolic home by the steps of St Paul’s near the London Stock Exchange. That we have been able to make our points in court – unlike so many of our sister occupations around the world – secures fair process for all protests that come after us.

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[-] 4 points by ETHABHAE (13) from Seattle, WA 2 years ago

I really hope this movement succeeds. Good luck.

[-] 0 points by Unwashed (-141) 2 years ago

Go see some of the maladapted 20-somethings in London and then decide if you still think it's a "movement". LOL.

[-] 0 points by Kennethnoll (1) 2 years ago

Why so everyone gets to take something from some other persons hard work. Yes that's what I want to do just go steal it

[-] 2 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 2 years ago

LMAO, no no no. See, the movement seeks to take back what we earned and has been stolen from us.

[-] -3 points by SameOldSong (-5) 2 years ago

No, you're better off if it doesn't. Capitalism has created the highest standard of living ever seen by humanity. That's you too. But don't worry. It isn't a movement and, at least in London, the protestors are just hapless and drifting 20-somethings and the same ole bitter lifelong socialists that turn up as regulars.

[-] 1 points by Samcitt (136) 2 years ago

That isn't the view in Britain. The people see the banks and the London Stock Exchange as villains who have doomed the country to ruinous debt.

[-] 3 points by DarthBuddaGreenPassion (15) 2 years ago

Thanks for keeping the flame burning!!

[-] 2 points by lisa (425) 2 years ago

Riot police are evicting them. Tuesday 2.28.12

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/229003.html

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (19985) 2 years ago

The Paramilitary Police Eviction Excercise of 'OLSX' took well over four hours in the end to evict and when the last die-hard occupiers were encircled 360 degrees by 'The Dibble' and the Bailiffs ... they'd prepared scaffolding made of wooden palettes which was stacked and hastily lashed and screwed together to create a 6' high raised platform (NB : A Gr8 idea for days to come~;-), which they then proceeded to 'extreme occupy' by cuffing themselves to it ! They even had live music to the bitter end with a penny whistle player and a crazy 'mandolinst' on 'The Stack' !! Gorra love, luv, lv thAt Spirit !!!

Well Done, guys 'n' gals & SOLIDARITY to Occupy LONDON Stock Exchange !!!

Congratulation on an excellent Four and a Half Month effort and 'representation' !!

Rest, repair 'n' recuperate and Onwards and Upwards to "Occupy : Stage 1.01" !

~

"Rise like lions after slumber,

In unvanquishable number -

Shake your chains to earth like dew

Which in sleep had fallen on you -

Ye are many -

They are few."

(P. B. Shelley)

~

per ardua ad astra ...~~~***

[-] 2 points by louisrocc (74) 2 years ago

Representative government around the world has been under attack by wealthy private and corporate special interests seeking disproportionate representation. It is a world wide phenomenon and is not unique but similar in ways to feudalism. Living organisms naturally seek to concentrate resources for themselves whether they are bacteria, human or anything in between the evolutionary tree. It is primitive. Societies need proportionate representation to maintain civility. The influence of wealth must be removed from elected officials. www.campaignfinanceamendment.org

[-] 1 points by ENDIF (1) 2 years ago

I strongly disagree with the banner in the header image. Capitalism isn't the problem. Corporatism is.

END THE CORPORATOCRACY THAT HAS USURPED OUR REPUBLIC!

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[-] 1 points by Revolutionary (267) 2 years ago

This movement has got only one way that is success-it cannot fail.

[-] 1 points by sgmartin7 (1) 2 years ago

'reckless'

[-] 1 points by aequus (3) from Carson City, NV 2 years ago

My father, a life-long democrat from LA, and myself just had a conversation to get to the bottom of everything, and I feel I got through to him that Red and Blue (left and right) politics just don't work anymore. Jesus that was good to hear him say. He cited Occupy in our discussion, so I have to give some love and credit to this movement for that moment. We are breeding a new hope!

And for those of you who support corporations while supporting a free-market, where is the freedom in a market controlled by monopolistic powers?

And for those of you who attend your church while supporting the active blasphemy of your politicians exploiting Jesus, I hope you read a little further into the social justice that man and other profits spoke of.

[-] 2 points by Bighead1883 (285) 2 years ago

Being non religious I still found myself moved by your heartfelt comment.Very sensibly put,thank you for sharing that with us all.

[-] 2 points by aequus (3) from Carson City, NV 2 years ago

I am also non religious, haha, just a believer in those who practice their religion without hypocrisy. And you are welcome always. Thank you for the kind words.

[-] 1 points by GreenRevolution (15) 2 years ago

Violence is on the rise in Syria again today, as clashes erupted in the northern region around the Turkish border while forces loyal to Bashar Assad attempt to cut off supply routes to the rebel factions being supplied from Turkey. http://news.antiwar.com/2012/02/21/clashes-in-syria-focus-on-rebel-supply-line-to-turkey/

[-] 1 points by Bighead1883 (285) 2 years ago

Hi London,Bighead from Central Australia here,keep up the good work and let`s see how the court appeal goes.There is even a tastier pie than your traditional pork one and that is an Occu pie.

[-] 1 points by struggleforfreedom80 (6584) 2 years ago

Love that poster. Capitalism is undemocratic, tyrannical and immoral. It must be dismantled!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YftlB3AxBws

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el1CdxiDo6M

[-] -1 points by SameOldSong (-5) 2 years ago

Sure, it only built the highest standard of living in human history where even our poor are envied by billions. Yeah, that was wrong of us. Smarten up. It's truly too bad that a dope like you can't be made to live in the system you advocate.

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

more likely, private ownership of the means of production occurred naturally as people found more efficient ways to amplify labor

[-] 2 points by JesseHeffran (3903) 2 years ago

Now i know why the Republican party is housed with religious zealots and market fundamentalists, you both have faith in things you cannot see with your own eyes. Capitalism is tyranny of the wealthy, and their congregation is made up of people like you, the true believers.

[-] -1 points by SameOldSong (-5) 2 years ago

But we can see it with our own eyes. Our standard of living is all around us. It shows up when my lights and water work, every time. It's there when I visit a fully stocked grocery store and when I never observe thin people that are thin because of poverty and hunger and not psychiatric problems. It's there when I never see barefoot people away from water. It's there when anyone can call an ambulance... and one shows up within minutes. It's there when I see kids in school and not digging in the trash. It's there when I can drive coast-to-coast without much of a worry in the world about getting there. What the fuck world do you live in? Come out of your propaganda fog so that YOUR eyes can see a few things.

[-] 3 points by abletonfan89 (3) 2 years ago

1) Most of the world does not live nearly that well, largely because of exploitation by the few comfier countries and classes of people. It's not because they're not capitalist - the whole world is capitalist in its operation; there may be more social programs in Europe, and the market may largely be run by the state in China, but all countries of the world depend on the money system, along with the debt and class division that accompany it. Millions upon millions in the world starve, lack clean water, lack shelter, are killed in wars that are waged for profit and the political motivations of the financial elite. And even in the nations with higher standards of living, there are many who fall far by the wayside due to economic disadvantage. Open YOUR eyes and realize that just because YOU are comfortable, circling through the safe regions of the world and wearing rose-colored glasses, doesn't mean EVERYONE is - not nearly, not even half.

2) You may be comfortable, but I think you should consider the freedoms you sacrifice for that comfort. In the US, for example, it is largely for economic reasons that we have a large, mostly un-democratic government, so when that government, under the influence of extremely powerful corporations that spend more money on lobbying than on taxes, passes into law something like the NDAA (which contains a terrifyingly unconstitutional provision allowing the gov't to indefinitely detain any of its citizens without charge or trial) - there's not much you or I or the public as a whole can do about it. When you realize that we could easily have these same comforts but equally, globally, with greater stability, democracy, and less than half the labor that's required to maintain the current system - you'd be crazy not to want to see capitalism end and democracy take over.

3) Realize that things are changing - they will not remain static. If you are being observant and maintaining a sensitive grasp on the pulse of society, you'll see that the power and influence of both government and large corporations are rapidly increasing, through legislation, persuasive media, increasing control of the food supply (i.e. Monsanto), etc. Things are going to get worse unless we stop it - more poverty, less freedom, and the wholesale destruction of the environment we inhabit. I'm not a tree-hugging hippie, but I care about the environment, because I care about humans; if we destroy our habitat, we will die out. Our species is currently wreaking havoc on the environment in irreparable ways, and this is happening primarily through the engine of the corporate machine, which is built to derive profit, not protect the world.

Even if you disagree, please realize that this movement is about much more than a few spoiled kids who want handouts from their government (personally, I'd like to see an end to government, to be replaced by direct democracy). The stakes are high.

[-] 1 points by struggleforfreedom80 (6584) 2 years ago

I´m afraid you´re mistaken. It is human hands and brains that create wealth and goods, not that X profits on Y (Capitalism).

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

SoS... I almost agree a bit... Capitalism might have indeed built the highest standard of living in human history for many.... however I have been overseas and traveled a lot... and our poor are not envied .... poor is poor ... that is what many of the 1% are so out of touch with... most do not believe poverty exists in America ... and the other's don't give a shit...

[-] -2 points by SameOldSong (-5) 2 years ago

Poor is not poor. That's very funny. If you've travelled, that's the one thing you should've learned. American poor tower above most of the world's truly poor. American poor almost universally enjoy electricity, sewage, healthcare (yes, they do. They're biggest barrier is their own functioning, not the healthcare welfare available), television, shelter, ample food, clothing, etc. I suppose you'll dispute food too. The hunger in America thing is ridiculous. Only in America, a place so insulated from real problems, could someone believe in chronic hunger in the absence of manifest thinness. They also live in a largely clean environment and one with rule of law. They don't live in trash dumps, they don't live in pollution, they don't live among warlords. American poor are almost all vaccinated against diseases that still run wild among the world's truly poor. The only reason some don't get vaccinated isn't because it's unavailable (for free to them), but because they're too incompetent to pull off getting a shot.

The list could go on. The point is obvious: America's poor, under a capitalist system, are envied by billions.

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 2 years ago

you are obviously a christian
not a Christian

[-] 0 points by SameOldSong (-5) 2 years ago

No, I'm obviously capable of reason. Because of the system OWSers hate, the situation of America's poor is utterly unlike the global situation of poverty.

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

put on some dirty clothes and go walk among the homeless without your cell phone... credit cards... or money... do it for 3 days ... then I'll argue anything you want to....

[-] -1 points by SameOldSong (-5) 2 years ago

Those aren't our poor, they're our mental patients, that because they're mental patients happen to be poor. We have freedom so we can't just go scoop them up and put them into care.

Our poor almost universally have: food, healthcare, electricity, running water (the same purity as comes through anyone else's tap too), television, clothing, shelter, police protection (sure it varies), clean air, etc. Many also outright enjoy transfer payments that reliably arrive courtesy of their neighbors via our extensive social welfare system. This stuff is just a fact. Let the bash capitalism hyperbole fly all you want, but this is an observable reality.

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

yeah ok... stay in denial... idiot

[-] 0 points by Chugwunka (89) from Willows, CA 2 years ago

I'm afraid you are the idiot. Take a look outside your gated community.

[-] 0 points by SameOldSong (-5) 2 years ago

Propagandist. Nothing I've written is disputable. That's just a fact.

[-] 1 points by PetadeAztlan (113) from Sacramento, CA 2 years ago

Yes, the Maoist maxim remains, politics is war without bloodshed and war is politics with bloodshed. Using Global Media, creative imagination and local community organizing we can continue to use peaceful methods of struggle wherever and whenever possible..

Much of the battle is with ourselves, overcoming our own character defects, then reading out to others based upon a common humane rights agenda. Good to see Occupy London on a roll!

Namaste, @Peta_de_Aztlan ~Sacramento, California

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[-] 0 points by titus (13) 2 years ago

Just like republican/democrat, liberal/conservative or capitalism/socialism this are labels designed to confuse. They are corruption of language and ultimately corruption of thought. Would take too long to explain each so let me concentrate on the last one. "Capitalism" had failed" they cry. By definition, Capitalism is the only moral system because it requires human beings to deal with one another as traders--that is, as free moral agents trading and selling goods and services on the basis of mutual consent.

Capitalism is the only just system because the sole criterion that determines the value of thing exchanged is the free, voluntary, universal judgement of the consumer. Coercion and fraud are anathema to the free-market system. Also by definition, Socialism is the social system which institutionalizes envy and self-sacrifice: It is the social system which uses compulsion and the organized violence of the State to expropriate wealth from the producer class for its redistribution to the parasitical class.

Are we to fall for the trap that in the last 30+ years we had capitalist system? IT WAS SOCIALISM FOR THE RICH. Get your definitions right. Look at what it accomplishes rather than what is called.

[-] 0 points by rickMoss (435) 2 years ago

4 months and nothing. Same thing with the Arab movements. Big disappointments all of them. We have to think big. And most importantly we need a plan with a new vision for the world.

Don't be Afraid!

"THE REVOLUTION HAS STARTED" -

U.S. Citizens Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( Http://www.revolution2.osixs.org )

Non U.S. Citizens Read “The OsiXs Plan” at ( Http://www.SaveTheWorldNow.osixs.org )

"Spread the News"

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[-] 0 points by Justice4all (133) 2 years ago

First new rule of war. Since all the wars are really pushed by those who run this false system, anytime war is declared their asses have to be the first ones on the battlefront. Better yet their asses and their families be the first ones sent to fight it. Heres a gun, bulletproof vest, walkie talkie, and a blanket to stay warm at night--have a nice day and thanks for stopping! Just watch how fast all these false wars and made up enemies cease to exist when they have to fight their own false battles! No more war!! No more false flag operations getting us into wars!! No more sending the poverty stricken and brainwashed off to fight these diseased wars only made for the profits of the upper echelons in society!! No more murdering of true leaders, poets, sons and daughters of light trying to raise mankind to its true purpose!! Its their war have them fight them!! End the Fed the IRS and the Patriot Act!! These are the main driving forces behind all these crimes and taking away of more and more of our freedoms til they are all gone. Peace, love and decency for all mankind!! That is our main reason for being here not the false world situation we've been made to live. Love, light and peace to all!!

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[-] -1 points by rayl (1007) 2 years ago

great post Justice4all !!!

[-] -2 points by BlackSun (275) from Agua León, BC 2 years ago

Useless. It influences nothing.

[-] -3 points by getajobufags (-5) 2 years ago

why dont you peeps protest obama?

[-] 4 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

We do protest Obama.

[-] -3 points by SameOldSong (-5) 2 years ago

I've been to the "occupy" sites in London. It was almost entirely misfit 20-somethings and burned out life-long socialists. 99%? Hardly, but it is a good representation of the most dysfunctional 2%.

Two signs at Finsbury Square were particularly hilarious. One was for welfare. Another was Kennedy-like regarding "ask not..." I asked one of their media people if he saw a conflict between demanding welfare and encouraging people to contribute rather than take. Zoom, right over his head. Apparently, the "ask not" part is meant only for the people paying for the welfare. LOL.

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[-] -1 points by Carlitini99 (-167) 2 years ago

brilliant, you summarized the occupy folks (and the press) like no one else.