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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.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

October 18th 2014 – RECLAIM THE CITY

This year on October 18th the TUC has called for a mass march through the center of London. This will be the biggest demonstration of the year with possibly over 100,000 people taking to the streets. There is one question on everyone’s mind “What are the radicals thinking?”

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A Radical worker with a Truncheon protection helmet.

On March 26th 2011, we saw radicals adopt the “Black Bloc Tactic”, rampaging down Oxford street smashing every corporation in site. Since then In the UK entire Black blocs have been mass arrested before the day has even begun. This new tactic by police completely changes the game. In Black you are an easy target for the police who can simply “Arrest everyone in Black” (Totally illegal, but they will do it anyway)

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An easy target for a police kettle.

This year calls have gone out for a Radical workers bloc, a black bloc, a Classwar bloc, all kinds of blocs. None have really succeeded in capturing the people’s imagination. Many people know that the TUC’s march to Hyde Park will end with speeches given by the usual suspects and then everyone will go home. We know that some of the demos of the past have simply turned into running battles with police who are not the real target. So what to do on October 18th 2013.

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A colour bloc would certainly confuse the fuck out of the police.

Critics of the colour bloc tactic may argue, “fuck that, im wearing black” and the response to that would be “say that when you’re getting arrested and the other guy/girl wearing green walks free. We are all aware that the unity colours of the black bloc is Black. So would this affect the unity of the day, Maybe ?. Some would argue that the very act of carrying a red and black flag would have you singled out. By wearing diffrent colours, the police would have to arrest everyone.

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Unity colours of the Colour Bloc.

This is not a fashion show, this is not a call to adopt black bloc tactics whilst wearing colourful face coverings, this is ultimately performance art and a spectacle. With huge marches like this, whatever tactic adopted, it’s about expression. Expression to express one’s views however that particular person see’s fit. Black Bloc is like an addiction that people will always see as the more radical bloc and therefore always sway away from the very idea of a colour bloc to be with “the IN crowd”. Foolishly this means more likelihood of getting kettled, arrested and more importantly, lowering the radical elements numbers down to those only wearing black. In other words,  the media will say “the radicals were the ones in black.”

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March 2011: Police cut through the Black bloc.

Whatever the tactic adopted on the day, this blog is in no way trying to over iron the black fabric down to a smouldering piece of tissue. This blog is merely a suggestion that radical blocs are not just limited to black bloc tactics. In fact they are two completely different things, that’s not the point though, the point is that although the UK likes to follow suit with european tactics, very rarely do we set the trend with new ideas. The usual plan is to start the demo with a block on Embankment and then break off onto Oxford street. This has now become very predictable and somewhat outdated.

A more credible idea would be to blend in with the TUC demo all the way to Hyde Park and then disperse only to re-emerge at strategic targets around the City of London in the cover of night. Let us not forget that October 18th is on a Saturday, which means an all nighter is on the cards. Why go after Starbucks, McD’s or boots, when you can target Goldman Sachs, Rothschild’s bank and a list of a hundred others.

Another option is clear, we all know that the mainstream media will not promote this event and locals from the surrounding boroughs of London will most likely have no idea that this demonstration is taking place. Why not start Mobilization Blocs early in the day from strategic locations that are suffering most from state oppression and cuts. The idea would be to march around the estates during the day with megaphones calling everyone to the city of London for say 9pm. (For example)

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Possible March locations to bring the wider community into the City.

At very least these locations can be made aware of the possible action. Our very way of life is under attack by the corporate thugs that are destroying our communities, poisoning our land and profiting from our demise. This is the ultimate take over and its being forced upon us by the weapon that is Austerity. On October 18th, we have a chance to let public anger boil over to symbolize the discontent with the current system. With every year we are running out of time, time to change course to a more sustainable way of life, time to bring the real criminals to justice and time to implement real horizontal people led democracy.

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Imagine if we all came to the center and reclaimed the City in the dead of night.

Whatever happens its All-out for October 18th.

Note: This is by no means an official call-out, this is merely an expression of ideas. This is not calling for violence or law breaking. This blog does not and cannot mobilize the 100 ache woods autonomous cell of nothingness, for we have no Gods nor masters.

Regards,
An Anarcho Syndicalist in the UK.

The People of Brighton have every right to be angry.

On April 27th 2014, (St Georges Day) The Far right will be allowed a platform to march through the heart of multicultural Brighton. The reason they choose Brighton is because of its liberal and multicultural nature (They know it will cause division).

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The March for England is made up of EDL, EVF, NWI and other Nazi groups.

The March for England will be met with a wall of opposition from local groups spread across all ages, colours and cultures. The fascists will come up against many autonomous groups adopting different tactics to counter them.

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English Disco lovers will be rocking out against racism.

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Brighton’s local Queer and Homeless community will be making a stand.

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Local trade unions together with Unite against fascism have done a call out for a mass mobilization.

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Militant black bloc tactics will take center stage to defend the community.

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All members of the local community will be out in force.

Together they make a united Brighton against the march for England. The idea is not just to oppose the march for England, but to stop it in its tracks. Our grandparents killed fascists, now they are allowed to march down our streets. In the 21st century, to allow a group with a message of segregation and hate to cause this level of unrest in our communities is absolutely outrageous.

A picture from 2013:-
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On the 27th of April the people of Brighton have every right to be angry.

For more info see flyer below:-
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Regards,
An Anarcho Syndicalist in the UK

#M22 – 5000 Antifascists on the streets of London

We have seen the far right rising across europe with polls suggesting that far right Nazi groups are once again starting to rear their ugly heads.  Today In London up to 5000 people marched against Racism and Fascism.

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A banner drop on Westminster bridge.

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Activists mobilizing outside Parliament.

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Many groups from across the country were in attendance.

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A beautiful site, the red and black flag flying high.

With fascists on the rise across Europe and Racism still a huge problem within our communities, today was not just about saying no to racism and fascism but a chance to come together with a message of unity.

It was great to stand beside so many great people. On April 27th I hope to see all you people in Brighton when we oppose the fascist march for England.
NO RACISM – NO FASCISM – NO ISLAMOPHOBIA –  NO SCAPEGOATING OF IMMIGRANTS

I will leave you with this video from the day:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0szDUAfqqA&feature=youtu.be

NO PASARAN – THEY SHALL NOT PASS.
Regards,

An Anarcho syndicalist in the UK.

The Police try and evict a pregnant woman(AND FAIL).

On the Morning of March 21st 2014, Police were blocked by local residents from gaining access to a residential home in Queens Park, London.

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Resident and her child facing eviction.

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Police and bailiffs arrive.

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Police and bailiffs try to enter property.

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Local residents form a blockade.

Demonstrators formed a blockade outside the front door of the property by linking arms. The Police and bailiffs were told this was an Illegal eviction and that they shall not pass. The police and bailiffs did not pass.

VICTORY FOR THE PEOPLE.

Here is a video from the day’s action:-
VIDEO FOOTAGE OF POLICE TRYING TO EVICT A PREGNANT WOMAN

Regards,

An Anarcho Syndicalist in the UK.