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As the Olympic opening ceremony celebrates collective action, right to protest compromised on the streets of London

Statement from Occupy London Press Team on events in East London tonight:
We’ll be honest: we hadn’t expected an awful lot. The run-up promised little more than an advert to help sanitise the image of some of the Olympics’ grand sponsors. We saw bread and circuses for an austerity-wrought city that feels like it doesn’t[…]

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Guest blog: Olympic Protesters Arrested for Spilling Custard in Trafalgar Square

Campaigners condemn heavy-handed policing of Greenwash Gold Award ceremony.
A mock awards ceremony at the Olympic Clock in Trafalgar Square descended into farce on Friday 20 July after police arrested seven people taking part. Three people pretending to be corporate representatives from BP, Dow and Rio Tinto were awarded gold medals for being the worst[…]

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Whose Games? Occupy London to join Counter Olympic Network protest on Saturday

Occupy London will this Saturday 28 July join more than 40 groups protesting against the Olympics for the ‘Whose Games? Whose City?’ demonstration, organised by the Counter Olympics Network. 
“The Olympics are meant to be a celebration of human endeavour. However the ‘people’s games’ in London are subject to the whims of global corporations and[…]

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Postponement of the Fuel tax hike – comment from OL Economics Working Group

 
Commenting today on the postponement of the fuel tax hike that will now apparently be delayed until January, Tom Moriarty of Occupy London’s Economic Working Group said:
“It is further confirmation of the Chancellor’s misguided approach to tackling the current economic crisis and a tacit admission that austerity is not working. It is clear[…]

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Response to homophobic comments regarding Hampstead Heath occupation

The comments reported in the Pink News and Ham & High are not representative of Occupy London and are against our own Safer Spaces Policy, which is very clear: “Racism, as well as ageism, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, ableism or prejudice based on ethnicity, nationality, class, gender, gender presentation, language ability, asylum status or religious affiliation[…]

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Finsbury Square Eviction

At 1am this morning, 14th June 2012, over a dozen police vans raced down City Road, towards Finsbury Square. Accompanied by  two or three coaches of bailiffs in orange jackets. They quickly formed a line round the site and dragged thoose asleep out of their tents. Some being aware of the police coming climbed into[…]

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New Hampstead Heath Community Occupation

The Occupy Nomad camp in London has just arrived and are building a new space for political discussion in Hampstead Heath – the Vale of Health, which is managed by the City of London Corporation. [1] The City of London have continually courted controversy from plans to commercialise the supposed ‘public’ space from dog walkers,[…]

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Creating Alternatives – new series of community-themed assemblies starting Saturday 16 June

Occupy London warmly invites individuals, grass-roots organisations and community groups to join us for a discussion of the ideas, experiences, visions and strategies that will make better social living a practise. By sharing our stories and community based approaches, we can find common ground.
This series starts on Saturday 16th June and will continue each[…]

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Occupy: Finsbury Square eviction, Pilgrimage for Justice tomorrow, Folk the Banks album release, Carnival of Dirt

Finsbury Square eviction imminent
The potential forceful eviction of the Occupy London Finsbury Squarecamp is expected to happen in the early hours in the next few days, with residents choosing to mark the eviction with peaceful resistance. The potential eviction follows Justice Hickinbottom ruling on Friday at the High Court that Islington Borough Council has[…]

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