Over 400.000 marched today in central London in a spontaneous demonstration. The protestors shouted slogans against the government’s austerity measures which force the bulk of the population, and especially public sector workers, to pay for the economic crisis erupted out of the banking sector two years ago.
Trade unionists (such like the Trades Union Congress), political parties, anarchist blocks, parents, children and concerned citizens from all across the UK joined the demonstration. However, many groups signalled their willingness to do more than march, such like fast-moving direct action (smashing windows and occupying buildings which have been identified as tax-dodgers or symbols of wealth and responsible for the economic crisis) showing their anger at the inequalities of capitalism. Members of the UK Uncut occupied tax dodger multinational shops and banks in Oxford Street. Uncut later on confirmed that protesters peacefully “occupied Fortnum & Mason over the tax dodge of over 40 million by its owners Whittington Investments”. The police attacked some of them with pepper spray in the face. Three went to hospital. UKuncut issued a press release condemning the actions of the police.
UNCUT Press Release
Before 15:00 outside Boots on Oxford Street a female activist tried to push a leaflet through the closed door of Boots explaining the details of Boots’ tax avoidance to the staff. A police officer then arrested the individual for “criminal damage”. Around 20 people tried to help the female being arrested and 10 were subsequently pepper sprayed. Three people have been taken to hospital. Anna Williams who saw the incident said “I condemn the violent behaviour of the police who have attacked a peaceful protest against tax avoidance, with three people being taken away in an ambulance. This is yet another example of political policing that is about protecting corporate interests and not those of ordinary people. We will not however be intimidated off the streets! We have a right to protest when the government are making unnecessary cuts that will hit the poorest in our society the hardest.
The TUC demonstration made its way from Embankment to Hyde Park where the leader of TUC spoke live. Meanwhile, numerous battles with the police took place in Picadilly. ULU stayed in Trafalgar Square protesting peacefully while the riot police, using large numbers and force, pushed the students around into the road traffic. Snatch squads operated in the area grabbing and targeting individuals. Scuffles and arrests went on into the early hours. (Read more in London Indymedia)
The mainstream media (especially the tabloid ones) once again showed their hypocrisy. CNN stated that this was a disappointing turnout! Feeling the fear of a mass social uprising they did everything possible to obscure this spectacular event with their cheap lies, insolence and one-sided reports: they demonized the anarchists (“those lazy hippies” or “thugs who had a rampage in central London” as the quasi-fascist Telegraph claims, or according to the stale slander of liberal websites “a violent minority”), and defended insured private property of ruthless multimillionaires without condemning at all the violence and brutality instigated by the police. In fact, the media’s reluctance to report and analyse the motives of those young people who resorted to “violence” as a means of expression, was once again appalling. These young people who rioted in London was just the tip of the iceberg. It is hard for the zombified bourgeoisie to understand that a large proportion of the young population in Britain is disgusted with the market logic of the recent decades: “work, buy, consume and die”.
Those who smashed ATMs and invaded luxury chain stores in central London, reject the logic that their future is prescribed, in a society where money and business is a god and where all decisions must be based on the economic dimension of things…. to work and borrow for the rest of their lives, to spend more to make the economy even more powerful, so they can get a job with more money to allow them to borrow even more and consume even more and be, in short… “very happy!” There are other ways to be a happy, something that the European bourgeoisie cannot understand as it is hard for them to find the time to think… after working like slaves for years and years, hard enough to earn some good money to live in their fake happiness. The hundreds of thousands who marched in the streets of London signified a change in the political landscape. The message was obvious. “The time when we tolerated conformity is over”. Finally, Cairo is much closer than we think!
“They should be crushed ‘like worms’” (Francisco Franco, dictator of Spain, statement against communists meaning that he will track any communist and find ways to eliminate them. This means no political freedom, everyone is suspected).
“40 troublemakers were arrested in order to ensure the event of funeral within the framework of enforced order, decency and propriety” (George Papadopoulos, Greek dictator: statement against pro-democracy protestors in 1968 who shouted slogans like “Freedom, freedom, down with the junta, the people will win”)
“The anarchists behind London’s student riot will be hunted down and prosecuted with the full force of the law” (David Cameron)
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