Posts Tagged ‘Occupy Democracy’

Peaceful protestor with cardboard coffin is arrested despite the Mayor, GLA and Met Police’s T.S.G being under judicial review for breaches in October – November & December. Democracy is Dead in Parliament Square.

Donnachadh McCarthy’s arrest happened as he held a coffin symbolising the death of UK democracy. The coffin carried the inscription “UK Democracy R.I.P. Killed by corporate billionaires.

OCCUPY DEMOCRACY

UKDemocracyRIP
Photo credit: Louis Mignot louisjtmignot@gmail.com
 
DEMOCRACY “ARRESTED” OUTSIDE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
  • Protestor holding a coffin branded “UK Democracy R.I.P.” arrested on Parliament Square
  • Despite Judicial Review police disrupt peaceful pro-democracy protests under the cover of darkness
  • Freedom of the press threatened as NUJ members threatened with arrest and five arrestees include independent livestreamer

Under the cover of darkness the Metropolitan police’s Territorial Support Group (TSG) officers, on instruction from GLA Wardens, disrupted Occupy Democracy’s monthly protest in front of the Houses of Parliament. This is despite London Mayor Boris Johnson and the GLA being under Judicial Review for their erection of fences in October, November and December.

Around 200 Occupy Democracy supporters were threatened with arrest and five arrests were subsequently made in which large numbers of police targeted and, sometimes violently, picked off peaceful protesters. 

These arrests interrupted what was otherwise a packed programme of speakers, workshops, discussions…

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(I will write more later – too much information to process right now – I also have a dental appointment and my child’s Halloween disco! Lol)

UPDATE:

Plinth Guy DAN!!! being interviewed by Mark McGowan http://youtu.be/9uFVqogN3Mc

 

 

The Plinth Guy – the Guy standing on the plinth of the Winston Churchill monument in Parliament square and 100 Metropolitan Police are surrounding him. MP Caroline Lucas Threatened with arrest if she gave him a piece of PIZZA!!!!

The Revolution will not be confiscated – The Blue Tarpaulin – OccupyLondon – The Artist Taxi Driver – Mark McGowan

I used a Blue Tarpaulin as the ground for my artwork for my FDip in 2012 I wrote about it here: https://discordion.wordpress.com/my-art/concept-artworks/development-works/structural-violence-page-under-construction/

and here:

https://discordion.wordpress.com/my-art/concept-artworks/development-works/structural-violence-page-under-construction/#jp-carousel-388

 

The Trivialisation of Democracy: The View From Parliament Square?

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/tom-fielder/the-trivialisation-of-dem_b_6028392.html?utm_hp_ref=tw ‪#‎occupydemocracy‬

 

@PeoplesSELondon: Take a look at this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyQ6pHd0ZZY&list=UU5aeU5hk31cLzq_sAExLVWg

Protestors in tears.”

@OccupyLondon: More brutal oppression of protestors at ‪#‎occupydemocracy‬ by police . http://t.co/kCBF1H0mXg

@OccupyLondon: Police inflicting pressure point pain to remove peaceful protestors aka ‪#‎extremists‬ ‪#‎occupydemocracy‬ http://t.co/qgjyxWhUJc

@OccupyLondon: Live stream
http://bambuser.com/v/5014344
‪#‎occupydemocracy‬ ‪#‎TarpaulinRevolution‬
‪#‎olsx‬”

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/352762478237114/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

The General Assembly of Occupy Democracy held in Parliament Square this evening issued a mass call to defend democracy in Parliament Square on Thurs. 23rd Oct. at 6pmOn 17 Oct 2014, Occupy Democracy began as a call to Occupy Parliament Square for 9 days. 9 Days for peaceful actions, events, workshops and activities based around taking back our democracy.Since the first day, those on Parliament Square have seen nothing of democracy as masses of police are used to break up our peaceful demonstration. The response from authorities to our presence has been heavy-handed, undemocratic and cruel.THIS Thursday we are asking for a show of solidarity, a mass gathering in Parliament Square. If you planned to visit Occupy Parliament Square, 23 Oct at 6pm is when you’re needed most.WE are what democracy looks like…………………………………………………………
The original event that is ongoing can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/531711723600543/?fref=tsOriginal event text:There is a huge democratic deficit. Political decisions are mostly the product of powerful economic interests. The 1% fund our political parties and our media. The views and opinions of the public on issues like the NHS, energy and rampant inequality are being ignored.We need to shift the power so state decisions reflect the will of the 99%. Loads of people are campaigning on different issues and we need to pull all these threads together. First as they are all symptoms of the power of the 1%, and second because if we’re divided we’re ruled.­­­­­­­­­THE CAMPAIGN:

The goal of the Occupy Democracy campaign is to direct the energy from current single issue struggles into a critical mass that can radically challenge the corrupt and unrepresentative system.

WHAT WE WILL DO:

We will Occupy parliament square for 9 days in October, to broadcast and demand the solutions we already know exist, to inspire people to be the active citizens required to take back democracy from powerful economic interests. It will be the launch pad for ongoing nationwide events.The Occupation will be the rallying point to join together from all our backgrounds, using the energy of the amazing actions that will be happening between now and then. It will be the start of a campaign for a sane and just democracy, that isn’t about just voting but about changing the conversation and mobilising people so those votes can really count.

For too long our energies have been taken up by firefighting the worst new disasters to be imposed – fracking, privatisation of the NHS, cuts targeting the elderly and disabled – the list goes on!

To reclaim democracy we need to get on the front foot by channelling the energy from these defensive campaigns into a movement about the much better, fairer, happier world we are for.

The planning of the camp and keeping it alive depends on the help of our volunteers. We welcome anybody to join, and can find something useful to do for any skill set. To find out the details for our next meeting, or to suggest a way in which you can give a hand, get in touch via email: occupydemocracy@riseup.net. Alternatively, you can join in the work once the camp has started.

http://occupydemocracy.org.uk/

 

http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2600887/less_freedom_in_westminsters_parliament_square_than_in_hong_kong.html

 

Less freedom in Westminster’s Parliament Square than in Hong Kong!!

Donnachadh McCarthy

19th October 2014

Donnachadh McCarthy went to Parliament Square yesterday to address a peaceful rally about the failings of British democracy. The intimidatory, violent and inflammatory police reaction only confirmed everything he had to say – as did the dignified restraint of the Occupy Democracy protestors.
Please go and support these brave protesters today or during the week if you can.

Yesterday I was invited to speak about ‘The Prostitute State – How Britain’s Democracy Has Been Bought’ – at theOccupy Democracy Rally in Parliament Square.

The plan was to give the talk (which went well – despite being nervous) and meet up with a friend later for dinner.

Instead I ended up being threatened with arrest not once, not twice but six times and ended up sleeping rough in the open all night in Parliament Square with the amazing people seeking to establish the weeklong democracy Occupy Democracy forum !

The first near arrest was for holding on to a placard stating that “Occupy Democracy is a drug and alcohol free zone”.

Three policemen nearly broke my fingers to take it off me, whilst refusing to tell me on what grounds a peaceful protester could not have such a placard.

The second near arrest was when about 60 of us were sitting around in a circle on the grass discussing democracy and occupy. About 40 riot police surrounded about 20 of us and kettled us in. They then threatened us with arrest for refusing as peaceful citizens to give our names.

The third near arrest happened when I helped rescue one of the peaceful democracy debaters from a snatch squad.

The fourth near arrest happened when I saw the private security guard boss who disgracefully now police Parliament Square (AOS) , indicate uglily three peaceful democracy debaters whom he wanted arrested and helped grab them out of the way.

The fifth near arrest was when I argued that the police were guilty of unnecessary harassment and making a farce of the Metropolitan Police, in seeking to wake up one of the democracy debaters who was asleep, as they claimed the plastic bag he was using to keep himself dry was “an object assisting him to sleep” and that this was illegal in Parliament Square!

The sixth and final near-arrest was this morning when the police sergeant and four policement dragged me away from Occupy Democracy for the heinous crime of holding a placard with their values:

“Peaceful non-violence
No discrimination of any sort
No drugs or alcohol on-site”

They eventually tore it off me, after I exercised peacecful direct action in seeking to hold on to it, whilst asking on what grounds it was illegal to have such a sign and the sergent tore it to shreds.

Hundreds of police – but whatever for?

There were literally hundreds and hundreds of police surrounding the democracy debate.

Then another police cordon around the squares footpaths – within which the press were banned.

Then the entire boundary of the square was surrounded by police vans.

A police helicopter hovered over-head. Hundreds more police were in vans spread all around the vecinity.

This massive over-policing and attempts to shut the democratic forum down was truly shocking and outrageous.

However, despite repeated provocation the democrats remained peaceful, and with huge help from the legal team, Occupy faced down all of the attacks and is now proceeding peacefully with talks and workshops all week, including today.

Please go and support these brave protesters today or during the week if you can.

I am now going to crash … grateful for not being in jail and grateful for helping claim this space for open demoractic debate for nine days, outside the Whore of Parliaments.


 

Information on the week-long protest, 17th-26th October.

Evening Standard article: standard.co.uk/news/london/occupy-london-protesters-start-week-long-demonstration-9803689.html

Donnachadh McCarthy FRSA is a former Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrats. He can be reached via his website 3acorns.

Copies of his book ‘The Prostitute State – How Britain’s Democracy Has Been Bought‘ are available from theprostitutestate.co.uk.

E-book version available from www.Lulu.com.