Scriptonite Daily: Voices from the Occupation - D15: A Grounds Eye View. In the week that TIME Magazine, made ‘The Protester’ its Person of the Year , the Occupy movement held Occupy Everywhere Day (D15). Occupy Everywhere day, or D15, encouraged sneaky, cheeky acts of civil disobedience around the globe, and got it. You might not have seen it on the news, but this article takes you along for a journey through the day of Occupy London, who spent the day reclaiming public spaces, and bringing festive cheer to the streets of London.
One of the issues raised by the Occupy Movement is the growing erosion of public space. In places like London, there are few open, free spaces to join together as a community and remember you are just that, a community. It prevents people talking, getting to know each other, sharing ideas. First stop was Paternoster Square. From Paternoster, the march moved merrily along Cheapside on to Guild Hall. The Guild Hall has been thoroughly surrounded in recent weeks and a no go area. A Tale of trouble. Introduction The Space Hijackers are a group of Anarchitects which was set up at the beginning of 1999.
Our group is dedicated to battling the constant oppressive encroachment onto public spaces of institutions, corporations and urban planners. We oppose the way that public space is being eroded and replaced by corporate profit making space. We oppose the way that users of space are being put under increasing scrutiny and control by those who own or run it. Be this via CCTV installed to monitor us, or architectural elements designed to control our moods. We oppose the blanding out and destruction of local culture in the name of global economic progress. Through our various actions we attempt to raise awareness of issues within spaces and change how these spaces are used and percieved in the future. Our aim is to change the way that ownership and usage of space is percieved, to put users of space in a more level position.
Private Public Space at City Hall. Hot on the heels of the success of our first outing, we were keen to take our No NO NO sign back into the city.
The sign highlights the hypocrisy of urban public/private space - where land that appears public is actually owned by private corporations. On the surface, London is a city full of open spaces bustling with shoppers and tourists. If you scratch beneath it, you soon discover that this openness is a scam. If you’re a local council, selling off land to private developers is an easy way to raise capital. Untitled Document. NO NO NO at the Truman Brewery Complex.
Brick Lane - East London - May 2011 Following on from our previous Private/Public space projects which have focussed on the gentrification of London and the erosion of civil liberties that that entails, the Space Hijackers headed out to the Truman Brewery complex on Brick Lane to enforce the rules that are implicit, and perhaps not so implicit in such places. Stopping people from drinking, smoking, talking, loitering, laughing and even reading our sign! East London is a massive building site with regeneration projects, the olympics, the encroachment of the city and more changing the face of our city. As Anna Minton pointed out in her fantastic book Ground Control, these redevelopment projects, often look positive on the face, but the net result is private corporations wrestling control of our cities from the people.
The Truman Brewery Complex just off Brick Lane is a haven for cool and alternative east-end hipsters. "Oi you, no photography! " Paternoster Square, Behind Enemy Lines... Such a moment occurred when the Occupy Movement declared their intention to occupy the London Stock Exchange as part of a global protest against the Financial Industry.
As we all know, post economic crash, the government spokes people for the banks who run this country implemented a system of austerity, cutting public services and ripping up hard won legal protections in order to feed the greedy banks. A global protest was called, and quicker than the blink of an eye, Paternoster Square public access was withdrawn. A hefty police barricade, security checks and 24 hour surveillance ensured that the only people using the square would be those who the private owners deemed worthy (un-moral) enough. The Occupy Movement : The Public Perception ... OccupyLSX has been a whisper in the street.
Since October 15th, as well as regular visits to the @OccupyLSX camp at St Pauls, the @OccupyLFS at Finsbury Square, and more recently the wonderful @BankOfIdeas, I have been engaging, with others, the flood of misinformation on Twitter and other Social Media platforms, as well as promoting the Occupy Movement as a whole; blogging, discussing, following and spreading the news about various issues. Two things struck me initially, and have continued to do so: The clear public support for the Occupy Movement's position on most of the issues; and the relative *lack* of public engagement on the methods, tactics and strategy used by the Movement worldwide. In short: They mostly agree with what we say; but they don't always approve of what we do.
Public support, even media support *on the issues* is quite clearly in favour. Our public persona has failed. So why is that? 1. We march on certain set occasions - and then *go back* to the encampment. Occupy London’s critical weakness is everyone’s sore point. Occupy London faces a barrage of criticism, well made, from the capitalist establishment, be it media, institutions or politicians.
Dressed up in the language of lifestyle laughter, they skilfully mock the entire Occupy movement. We are crusties, they say, we are jobless. Hardly an unusual position to be in these days. We have jobs and are part-time protestors, they say. Hard to see how we can be criticised on both scores: if being in either category precludes you from civil disobedience, then everyone is barred from this honourable and constructive approach to obtaining political change! Undoubtedly this argument is real currency in the intellectual exchanges traded. Business as Usual. Guidelines. Occupy LSX. Occupy LSX. Occupy LSX. Occupy London. Occupy-london-3. OCCUPY LONDON. MARCH ON PARLIAMENT AND SPEAKERS 05.11.2011. Nawal El Saadawi@OCCUPY LONDON 22.11.2011. Occupy london - Flickr: Search. Occupy London. Occupy London meets city hall -this is worth watching!
Tour of Occupy London (LSX) Recorded 27/10/11. Sleepless at Occupy London Stock Exchange. Occupy: London Stock Exchange. Occupy London camp: 'We're here indefinitely' Occupy London protest: on the steps of St Paul's cathedral. Occupy London: A Street level view: 'How clear are we all on what concencus actually is?' Events Calendar » Tent City University. Wake Up London Sangha. The protesters seem more adult than politicians and plutocrats. The mayor of London demands a law against it to stop tent villages "erupting like boils" across the capital.
If you lived like Boris, you too might be a bit paranoid about boils. The prime minister interrupts a trip to Australia to announce that the government is poised to intervene. Occupy London: Your experiences. Occupied Spaces. 7 November 2011Last updated at 17:22.
Occupied Spaces Ben Roberts. Occupied Spaces On the 15th October 2011, protestors representing the global Occupy movement set up a semi-permanent camp outside St.
Paul’s Cathedral in central London. The aim of the protests is to encourage discourse and raise awareness of social and economic inequalities. On the 25th of October, several UK newspapers and media outlets ran stories claiming that ‘thermal imaging’ proved that only 10% of the 250 tents in St. Occupy the London Stock Exchange. Occupy London: Traders' fears over St Paul's demo. 20 October 2011Last updated at 18:00 By Debabani Majumdar BBC News, London As many protesters enjoyed a lie-in in their tents in the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral, suit-clad office-goers walked past, some casting glances at the unusual tent city.
While some passers-by looked on with amusement, others looked somewhat annoyed and refused to give their opinion about the site. Private security guards and Metropolitan Police officers have set up metal barricades, blocking access to Paternoster Square, which houses the London Stock Exchange. Signs warn people that the area is "private property" and those entering are required to show their work ID cards or tell the guards where they want to go. Map reveals St Paul's protest tents are illegally placed on public highway. 183151-occupy-london.jpg (JPEG Image, 950x643 pixels)
British Land Seeks Injunction to Keep ‘Occupy’ Protests Away. (Updates with City of London statement in eight paragraph.) Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- A unit of British Land Plc applied for a court order to stop Occupy London protesters camped outside St. Paul’s Cathedral from moving onto its property. The lawsuit was filed at a London court Nov. 2 by Broadgate Estates Ltd., a property-management firm that runs sites including Paternoster Square, where Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and the London Stock Exchange Group Plc have offices, and Broadgate Circle, which houses UBS AG operations.
Occupy London protesters, inspired by a similar campaign in the U.S. targeting Wall Street, have pitched more than 200 tents outside the cathedral and set up camp in Finsbury Square in the city’s financial district. The_occupied_times_of_london.pdf (application/pdf Object) Musical flashmob at St Paul's Occupy London Stock Exchange protest. Occupy London Stock Exchange protesters asked to leave by cathedral officials. The anti-global finance protest camp set up next to St Paul's cathedral a week ago has been asked to leave by cathedral officials who said they were being forced to shut the building for safety reasons.
A closer look at the St Paul's camp.