Posts Tagged ‘PROTEST’

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity, we assembled at the statue of Aneurin Bevan at Queen St, Cardiff at 1pm. The procession ended outside the new Library in the Hayes, Cardiff.

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anti austerity march

Cardiff’s People’s Assembly group organised Saturday afternoon’s event, which saw up to 1,000 protestors march from Queen Street to Cardiff Library where several speakers addressed the crowd.

Speaking in the shadow of Cardiff Library, Sue Leader of Unite said:

“We face 259 more weeks of the Tories in power and I will not be wasting those weeks away.

“We have it within our power to challenge this government at every lousy step it makes. I urge you to be Mr and Mrs Angry from Adamsdown, be Mr Peeved from Penarth and Mrs Evil from Ely.

“Cardiff, trust me, we have got the love to see this through.”

Dominic MacAskill, of Unison, added:

“Austerity is robbing us of our collective worth, and selling our public assets, with our libraries and leisure centres closed or privatised.

“We cannot rely on the once-in-every-five-years election, based on the views of 20% of people eligible to vote – it is a broken democracy.

“My one message today is to join a union and use your mass organisation for a better Wales and a better Britain.”

Len Arthur of the People’s Assembly Wales added:

“Another term for austerity politics is class war, but their class war is full of problems – for one, there is the anger that it’s going to make.

“In Wales, we did not vote for a Tory government. We need the Welsh Assembly not to implement these cuts, even if it leads to a constitutional crisis.”

The hundreds of protestors had marched to Cardiff Library via police escort, chanting:

“Tories, Tories, Tories – out, out, out!”


“when they say cut back, we say fight back.”

Young and old held banners urging an end to austerity, with one inscribed with the words: “happy community = austerity” and another: “Austerity kills.”

The rally ended with organisers saying they want to take at least five buses full of people from Cardiff to London on June 20 for the UK-wide protest, urging people to sign up for the event.

communist party wales banner

The march ended with poet Patrick Jones reciting an anti austerity poem and speakers from campaigning and trade union movements .

Me talking to Pippa Bartelotti of the Green Party.

Me talking to Pippa Bartelotti of the Green Party.

The message was clear the Resistance starts now!

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Ray Davies, one of South Wales’ most colourful councillors, has died after recently being diagnosed with cancer.

Mr Davies died on Thursday night aged 85.

For many years he represented his home village of Bedwas as a Labour member of Caerphilly council.

As well as being a leading member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, he was involved in many local organisations including the Cardiff Reds Choir – Cor Cochion Caerdydd – with whom he was often to be seen singing near the eastern entrance of Cardiff Central Market, wearing his trademark red beret.

Related: Cardiff Reds Choir celebrates 30 years of protest and song

A peace campaigner and anti-nuclear weapons activist
As a young man he worked as a miner in Llanbradach Colliery and later in Llanwern steelworks.

In the early 1980s he was involved in an unsuccessful attempt, together with a young Ron Davies, to deselect Neil Kinnock as the MP for Bedwellty, which included Bedwas.

They were angry with Mr Kinnock because of his refusal to support Tony Benn when he challenged Denis Healey for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party.

More recently he became well-known for his protests in support of the Palestinians in the territories occupied by Israel, and for his actions as a peace campaigner and anti-nuclear weapons activist.

Related: Veteran Labour councillor and CND stalwart Ray Davies will urge Scotland to ‘grab freedom with two hands’

‘Ray was one in a million’
Wayne David, who has been re-elected as the Labour MP for Caerphilly, said: “Ray was one in a million. He was highly respected by everyone locally – even by those who disagreed with him.

“I knew him for decades – from the time I was a student at Cardiff University. He was always highly enthusiastic about left-wing causes and passionate about fighting for the underdog.

“A few years ago I got a phone call from him. He asked me if I could get him out of prison. He’d been arrested demonstrating at a protest against the Israelis and was in a jail in Jerusalem. He gave me the number of the Israeli Ambassador and asked me to call him, which I did. Ray got released and was sent back to Britain.”

Ray Davies was heavily involved in the support movement for the miners’ strike 30 years ago and appeared in a film directed by Karl Francis called Miss Rhymney Valley, in which he argued that the winner of a beauty contest should be the contestant who did most to help the miners’ cause.

In 2013 he starred in a documentary film called The Spirit of ‘45 made by left-wing director Ken Loach about the achievements of the Labour government elected in 1945

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.


Photo credit: Louis Mignot
  • 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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‘Art as a Weapon’

My favourite quote (and one that motivates all my art outcomes) George Grosz –

“My art was to be a gun & a sword; my drawing pens I declared to be empty straws as long as they did not take part in the fight for freedom.”

Peter Ulrich Weiss, vols I-III, ‘Aesthetics of Resistance / Die Asthetik des Widerstands’, (1975-1981) said:
“Meaning derives in the refusal to renounce resistance no matter how intense the suppression and it is in and through art that new models of political action and social understanding can be found.”

Mar 2, 2015

Staff at the National Gallery London held a 5-day strike against privatisation. This is a report on the Day of Action against Mark Getty, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Gallery.


National Gallery Strike against Privatisation

by Drift Report

CLARA speaks to Mark McGowan (The Artist Taxi Driver)

The National Gallery is attempting to outsource all 400 gallery assistants to a private company. The Board is made up of Getty and Rothschild Billionaires, Heseltine’s wife, and ex City Hedge Funders.

The PCS Union rep was suspended hours before the worker’s first industrial action. The same is happening to public art galleries as is happening to the National Health Service. Privatisation by stealth.
Build a bonfire put the Tories on top
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The Elites are practicing what Joseph Nye called Soft Power. This is not what capitalism is about, it should more correctly be called CORPORATISM. The binding together of Fascism and corporations.

On the 27th January 1915, one hundred years ago, over 10,000 workers, led by the Red Clydeside, went on strike in protest of the sub standard working conditions and pay that the munitions workers had to suffer.

This prompted parliament to pass the Munitions Act of 1915 which made it illegal for anyone to leave their job if they were working in aid of the war effort.

The protestors raised the red flag – Y Faner Goch! First used to represent the socialist and communist movement in Merthyr Tydfil (during the Merthyr Rising) June 1st 1831.


a year earlier the abusive treatment of workers started the fall of British rule in Ireland and around that time the Treorchy miners were assaulted by the military on orders from Churchill at  Westminster.




Jaques Rancière – the Hatred of Democracy, talk

Published on Dec 5, 2013

The French philosopher and critical thinker Jaques Rancière in conversation with writer Mikkel Bolt on democracy.

Democracy has become the triumph of the commodity, of individualism. The decline of the  democratic ideologue.

Sociology was born from counter-revolutionary theory.

Demos is the power of those that are not counted, that are not entitled to govern.


The Art of Conversation
Friday 13th september 2013
The Black Diamond
The Royal Library

Produced by Students Only! – The Royal Library’s dept. of cultural activites

(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)


Plinth Guy DAN!!! being interviewed by Mark McGowan



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:

and here:


The Trivialisation of Democracy: The View From Parliament Square? ‪#‎occupydemocracy‬


@PeoplesSELondon: Take a look at this

Protestors in tears.”

@OccupyLondon: More brutal oppression of protestors at ‪#‎occupydemocracy‬ by police .

@OccupyLondon: Police inflicting pressure point pain to remove peaceful protestors aka ‪#‎extremists‬ ‪#‎occupydemocracy‬

@OccupyLondon: Live stream
‪#‎occupydemocracy‬ ‪#‎TarpaulinRevolution‬

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: 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.


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: Alternatively, you can join in the work once the camp has started.


Yesterday over a hundred members and supporters of the UK-based art collective Liberate Tate carried out their latest art protest against the oil giant BP in the Tate Modern’s iconic Turbine Hall in London.


The protest comes just days after BP was labelled “grossly negligent” for its actions in the run up to the 2010 Deepwater disaster, which killed eleven and caused millions of gallons of oil to be spilled.

The protest was an unsolicited interpretation of Russian abstract painter Kazimir Malevich’s iconic Black Square which is currently on display as part of the Malevich exhibition at Tate Modern.

It also included ‘Hidden Figures’ in a reference to the Tate’s recent refusal to disclose information to the protestors about the Tate’s controversial sponsorship relationship with BP.

Yasmin De Silva of Liberate Tate said: “There’s an important debate taking place about whether we let oil companies get away with pretending to be good corporate citizens by sponsoring cultural institutions”. She added that BP needed to be “more transparent about its operations and to respond to public pressure over BP sponsorship.”

It’s not hard to see why BP spends millions greenwashing its image, by funding organisations such as the Tate. Indeed, the protest came three days after a US judge issued an historic judgement on Thursday against BP by labelling the oil giant “grossly negligent” in the lead-up to the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The ruling, which is seen as body blow for BP, could cost quadruple the civil penalties the company must pay to $18 billion. It is not surprising that it sent the company’s shares plummeting by 6 per cent.

The New Orleans judge Carl Barbier, who has overseen a lengthy civil trial against the company, argued that BP was responsible for 67 per cent of the blame for the US’s worst offshore disaster.

He ruled that BP would be “subject to enhanced civil penalties” due to its “gross negligence” and “willful misconduct”. The finding of gross negligence means that BP pays $4,300 per barrel under the Clean Water Act, rather than $1,100 per barrel if it had found to be negligent.

One journalist from the Telegraph who has read the lengthy 153-page judgement, said the judge “painted a picture of an organisation so greedy it sacrificed basic safety in order to fatten profits.” Rather than focus on safety, BP made “profit-driven decisions”.

Given BP’s reckless corporate behaviour is it pretty despicable that it is receiving backing from the British Government, which is acting as a “friend of court” to the oil company.

The government is urging the US Supreme Court to review the appeals court rulings against the oil giant.  The British Government is trying to argue that these court rulings raise “grave international comity concerns”.

It warned that the courts’ treatment of BP undermined confidence in America and the “trust necessary for international commerce”, which the filing put at $200 billion a year.

So for the British Government, concerns about trade trump those of health, safety and the environment as well as corporate responsibility.