The Vast Minority - reports from the global insurrection
Thursday, 23 February 2012
Occupy London braced for eviction
OCCUPY London activists are braced for eviction - and supporters have been put on stand-by.A statement was issued on Thursday saying that individuals would be reacting in various ways to the anticipated clearance of the tent city outside St Paul's Cathedral and near the Stock Exchange.
And a dedicated Twitter account, @lsxsos, has been set up just to provide news of an eviction in the midst of much online disinformation.
The February 23 statement said:"Following the Court of Appeal ruling yesterday that none of the applications presented by Occupy London would be heard and that there could be an iminent eviction by bailiffs on behalf of the City of London Corporation, the Occupy London General Assembly yesterday decided by consensus to support the individual decisions of members of the Occupy London camp.
"As such, in the event of eviction of the Occupy London Stock Exchange camp, it is likely that the protestors for social and economic justice will want to symbolically and peacefully mark the eviction in a variety of ways.
"As a movement, Occupy believes in the ability of individuals to make sound choices, given accurate information and the opportunity to discuss their views with others.
"Occupy Legal has produced a document,
which has been widely distributed, that gives occupiers and supporters
detailed information about the potential consequences of a range of
"Some occupiers chose to leave the camp yesterday. At the same time,
as a mark of respect to the generosity of those who had lent us some of
the larger tents, we chose to remove the Information Tent, whilst Tent
City University, the hub of learning at the camp will remain.
"Concerns were raised about how the end of the camp would affect
homeless people who have found comfort, warmth and stability within
the OccupyLondon movement, and the offer from the City of London to
'hand themselves in' to Guildhall was met with some scepticism.
"In the community spirit that has been created at the OccupyLSX camp
where many have found sanctuary, the logistics of support were discussed
at length including not leaving people on their own and making sure
that people had enough food, water and kept warm.
"Despite requests, the City of London Corporation has declined to
release what it calls ‘operational details’ about its enforcement
proceedings. The Corporation has previously refused to rule out a night time eviction."
Organise an action for the day:
The eviction will be a crucial moment to keep spreading the message
about economic and social justice. If you believe in what we are
fighting for, feel free to organise an action for that day. Banners,
music, performances, poetry… be creative! Use your network to activate
Head to the site as soon as you hear about the eviction:
Numbers will influence how the eviction will take place: the world will
be watching. We welcome those who wish to join us hen eviction news is
released in order to show their support.
Spread the word:
As soon as you hear about the eviction, please send word throughout your networks. Let others know what’s going on.
Join the occupiers to defend their right to protest
An overwhelming majority of people are happy to be living in this industrial capitalist world. We know this because we are told it constantly.
How could we foresee a near future in which the hypnotic spell is broken, the scales fall from a billion eyes and those who say 'Enough!' are revealed, all of a sudden, to be a gale force wind of revolt, a tidal wave of insurgent delight sweeping all before it, a minority so vast it will change everything?