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Occupy the Elections 2015

With Mayday approaching in the UK and talk of many different actions, the action that seems to of captured the most attention on social media is #OccupyDemocracy.

After a quick look at the plans It’s shocking to see the utter apathy of the whole thing. Meditation flash-mobs, Planting flowers, football matches and Sing-songs. Whatever happened to the occupy movement, the movement that was based on the exploits of the Spanish 15M movement, an all-out Insurgency!

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A picture of a sign taken from a barricaded road in Barcelona, July 2011

Within the UK occupy scene, Occupy democracy is a very small working group guided by a small contingent independently of Occupy London. In fact, Occupy London have stated many times that they are not the same as occupy democracy, its only the media that have reported it that way.  So who are these people? Why have they changed the rules and why have they turned Occupy into a Joke.

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Dressing up as police with happy faces and preaching Gandhian tactics (who are these people who are telling people the police are our friends!

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Occupy Democracy are trying to say the Militant activists are not a part of the 99%.

Due to the very nature of Occupy, this is not important, what’s important is that nobody owns Occupy, much like Anonymous, it has no leaders, only people who sometimes steer the ship, Ultimately occupy is what you make it.In Oakland, diversity of tactics is still at the forefront of their movement along with Militant revolutionary action. In the occupy working groups of Spain, Greece, Italy and Germany it’s the same. The militant radicals are facilitating the way, not the liberal reformists.

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A man lies on the floor with a banner reading “Stop Police privatization” This mans banner is in support of the police. The same police who have beaten so many of our comrades (how about “Abolish the police”)

How have we let the liberal reformists like this man take over the occupy movement. This person and many more like him are in support of the police and the state, what can be done about this.  I don’t know about any of you, but seeing person after person arrested in the name of occupy is only serving to de-motivate people and create a feeling of hopelessness.

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Police arrest Occupy Democracy protesters on Trafalgar Square. 21 October, 2014.parliament-square-tents-c-007
Police arrest Occupy Democracy protesters on Trafalgar Square. 21 October, 2014.Police arrest Occupy Democracy protesters on Trafalgar Square. 21 October, 2014.
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Arrest after arrest, What is this achieving but to incriminate people for nothing?

Surely empowerment would be to see people stand up and resist, not lie down and take the police brutality. It’s shocking to see that none of the organizers have been arrested only young, new and vulnerable people, DNA taken complete with new criminal record. Thank you Occupy.

It’s time to stop complying with the architects of Occupy Democracy, It’s time to Occupy everything. To start with, this means attending the GA’s, out voting the Liberals and pushing for more direct action. This also means identifying the ring leaders within occupy democracy and watching them as they try to coerce people. On top of this, separate direct action working groups must be formed to run along side Occupy democracy to liberate the occupy movement from the clutches of reformists.
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We have no demands, our mission is only action and our banners merely read, occupy everything.

A few steps must be taken to achieve this transformation.
1./ Any talk of Gandhian tactics must be met with utter contempt and diversity of tactics must be demanded to make fully inclusive of peaceful and more direct action. This will attract more people and decentralize the movement to rid it of all the power grabbers and self-proclaimed leaders. Remember that the people waging war on our movement do so under the cloak of peace. The same as the west murdered millions of people in Iraq in the name of peace. So we are not disrupting the peace, we are disrupting the war. Let it be said that the biggest failure of Gandhian tactics post Gandhi was WW2 when Millions of people tried it in Germany and were sent to the Auschwitz gas chambers and killed.  

2./ A blanket ban of talking to the police must be facilitated. This includes banishing baby blue bibs from the general assemblies. If they refuse to leave, we move to a safe distance.

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Talking to police is an insult to the millions of victims of police brutality. (Just don’t)

3./ We don’t like to talk to the right-wing media, but guaranteed the liberal left will, so be a good disruptor and Hijack interviews with your own message.  Reformists work within the government’s agenda so their reformist message will always be pro Government. Occupy at its roots, and as a tactic, will always be anti-government and anti-state. Make sure social media know this and at the same time tell the mainstream media to fuck off!

4./Back up your fellow comrades when they call-out counter-revolutionaries. Take a look at occupy GA’s, it’s mostly middle class students. This needs to change, we need to attract the homeless, we need to attract working class we need to attract people of all faiths, backgrounds colors and creed. To do this tactically we should Respect safer spaces but stop it nothing to liberate the movement to reach a much wider and more diverse audience.

Happy Mayday!  

Regards
An Anarcho-syndicalist in the UK

Occupy Anarchy On Mayday 2014

On Mayday there will be an Anarchist Bloc in London. Its time to grab your black and red flags,  boycott work, school or whatever else it is you’re doing on may 1st and get yourself out onto the streets. It may be Labour day, but that doesn’t mean its the Labour party day, Mayday belongs to the Anarchists, It always has and always will.

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Remember in 2016 Mayday and #NOV5TH fall on a Saturday???

So this year in 2014,  Occupy Wonga seems to be the biggest direct action of the day, I’m sure you will see many anarchists in the Occupy Bloc when it departs for the target. Occupy does not just mean Occupy London as a group, Occupy is a network of Squatters and local eviction resistance groups. Occupy has also branched out into the free party scene and has supported some huge events in the last few years, this being one of them.

Occupy is not supposed to be one group, but many. As well as groups It is also supposed to be individuals who are not affiliated with groups, most of all, It’s supposed to be an Idea and a tactic. The tactic used in all eviction resistance is indeed to Occupy. (It always has been)

So what about Mayday, well, behind the scenes in squats throughout London I have seen people preparing for May-day, Banner workshops have begun, placards have been made and a lot of time has been invested into Occupy Wonga. Although an affinity group has selected Wonga as a target and other affinity groups have got on board,  Mayday belongs to everyone.

FUCK THOSE WONGA WANKERS !

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Artwork by an Anonymous Artist.

For me after Mayday will come more eviction resistance, supporting demo’s including that of DPAC and Fuel Poverty action, many Antifascist events including Rotherham on May 10th and Newcastle on May 17th. The biggest this year will happen on June 21st, October 17th and November 5th. In between all that. I will also be visiting the Protector camps up and down the county to make a stand against Fracking, but for now, it’s all out for May-day.

Solidarity comrades.

Regards,
An Anarcho Syndicalist in the UK.

 

Occupy Wonga on MAYDAY !

On May 1st 2014 Occupy London have done a call-out for some direct action against the pay-day loan company Wonga.  (GOOD)

These fuckers deserve to be targeted, even the state has said they are corrupt, yet no one does anything. In essence, Pay day loan companies are no different from the bankers, who the state have said they will do something about but have failed. Bankers are still getting huge bonuses, banks are still preying on people to take out credit cards, loans and rack up huge debt so that they can screw us for everything we have.
Wonga are even worse, Wonga are the real life loan sharks but without the baseball bat.

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Wonga – legal loan sharks.

Many people have committed suicide because of the large debt with Wonga. The problem is these people were already in trouble when they clicked on Wonga’s page ( oh yeah, that’s another thing, Wonga don’t have a friendly face, they are ghosts, not existing in the real world, lets come back to that) So yeah, people who click on Wonga’s page and take out a loan, are already in financial difficulty, what Wonga do is make that financial difficulty much worse. Wonga hope that you default on the payment or mis the deadline, then they can make even more money out of you.  Wonga are crooks, pay-day loan crooks. ( The worst kind)

So if you have a problem with a loan, if a family member has died, if there is an emergency, heck even if there was a fucking earthquake, Wonga would still harass you for money, they don’t have a person thinking about each individual case, they are a machine, with no heart, no brain and they will absolutely not stop, until you are dead. Even if you wanted to speak to someone about your exceptional case they would not meet you,  they have no customer facing team. This is why so many people have committed suicide over this issue, they have had no one to turn to and been given no second chances.
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Wonga are murderers.

On May 1st 2014, Occupy London together with DPAC, Queer resistance, ClassWar and many other groups are gonna be paying Wonga a visit.

Here is the description from the event page:
On May 1st 2014, get ready for some direct action, Occupy London are proud to present OCCUPY WONGA !

In 2011 the Occupy movement had a clear message “The bankers are the problem”. Now in 2014, we are on the edge of complete debt slavery.

Pay day loan companies are the new economic fascists, their “clients” include, victims of the Bedroom tax, Fuel Poverty, Benefit cuts, Atos and all people suffering from the Governments Austerity program. Companies like QuickQuid, the Money Shop and Wonga are not helping us, they are holding us in debt bondage further extending the widening gap between rich and poor.

We see the most vulnerable people in society being charged Immoral Interest rates, the very people the government should be protecting. If you feel that something should be done about Payday loans, join us in London on Mayday 2014.

Occupy London hereby call for a complete end to Pay day loans and and immediate stop to all pay day loan advertising. On Mayday we will be paying Wonga some interest, but not with 5853% APR.

May day Itinerary:-
12:00 (High Noon) Assemble at Clerkenwell Green
13:00 March sets off
14:30 Rally in Trafalgar square in honour of Tony Benn and Bob Crow.
As soon as the rally has finished, we march.
When we arrive at the target we will occupy a space and hold a general assembly on site.

Supporting this action on the day will be:-
*Disabled People Against The Cuts
*Fuel Poverty Action
*The Resistance Movement Of The UK
*ClassWar

Speakers on the day TBC.

Lets make next Mayday an uprising against Austerity.
– Tony Benn

http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/may-day-march-and-rally/

 

I will be attending this demo with my black and red flag in hand.
May-day is our day, see you on the streets.

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Regards,

An Anarcho syndicalist in the UK