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Crime and punishment: Occupy London’s guided tours to visit Mayfair crime scene as trials continue at Occupy Justice

  • Occupy Tours to explore murky corners of Mayfair, home of Europe’s hedge funds, this Saturday
  • Occupy Justice’s court of public opinion stages second hearing tomorrow (Friday), warning what could happen if the Legal Aid Bill becomes law
  • Loss of a knighthood is the least of Fred Goodwin’s problems: Occupy Justice’s third hearing will be a public interest prosecution of RBS. Expect unexpected guests.

After a triumphant first day that saw the indictment of Tony Blair for war cimes, Occupy Justice continues tomorrow (Friday) with its programme of public interest hearings in the grade II listed former Old Street Magistrate’s Court (335-337 Old Street). [1] Then on Saturday, as Occupy Justice explores the culpability of the banking industry, Occupy Tours launches its brand new free guided tour visiting the crime scene hidden in the heart of central London – Mayfair, home of Europe’s hedge funds.

New free guided tour of “hedge fund alley” in Mayfair, plus new dates for Canary Wharf

Building on their much praised tours of Canary Wharf, Occupy Tours now plan to reveal the secrets of most expensive place on the Monopoly board, and the number one destination for hedge funds in Europe. Among the luxury hotels, boutique shops and exclusive clubs, the Occupy Tours team will escort visitors to the addresses of institutions that operate in the shadows of the world economy.

All are invited to meet outside Green Park tube (Piccadilly north exit) this Saturday at 2pm and look out for the tour guide with the umbrella. The free tour takes around one and a half hours and will be repeated on Saturday 28 January at 2pm.

Occupy Tours also continues to tour Canary Wharf on Thursday evenings. From the big banks to the ratings agencies, from the auditors to the regulators, the Canary Wharf tour tells the story of the financial crisis in one of the places where it all happened … Those of a nervous disposition are warned to expect tax dodging, financial chicanery, and bonus bonananzas. The free tour takes around one hour – next outings at 6pm Thursday 19th and 26th January. [1]

Occupy Justice takes on squatting and banking

Noon – 2pm Friday at Occupy Justice sees squatting on trial with the Court of Public Opinion examing how the law abiding could be criminalised if provisions in the Legal Aid Bill currently passing through Parliament come into law. [1] An introduction to the Legal Aid Bill will be followed by testimony of some who could find themselves at risk.

On Saturday, from 10am – 4pm Saturday, Occupy London’s Criminal Investigations Unit will bring its case against RBS to court in a public-interest prosecution to assert the rights of the major shareholders of the bank – the general public. Is the RBS guilty of fraud? And should they be paying out extravagant bonuses, as is expected this week following news of Goldman Sachs’ bonus pay out?

Coinciding with the trials of the one per cent, Occupy Justice is hosting viVa.voCe. – a sound installation by London based artist Eran Tsafrir (in collaboration with sound designer Leandro Mariano Mera Otero). rings to life the derelict cells of the court building with the haunting sounds of protest and the political hum of the one per cent. [2]


[1] A video transcript of the Occupy Justice war crimes inquiry will be made available soon.

[2] Contact Occupy Tours at occupylondontours@googlemail.com or follow @occupytours on twitter

[3] http://london.indymedia.org/videos/11496

[4] The work is part of diG.shaKe.riSe.andblEEed,myloVe. – an independent, non-commercial project questioning the potency of demonstration, riot, revolt andsacrifice as an instrument for policy change. It is an extension of a mixed-media installation that is currently on show at the nearby Old Shoreditch Station Project Space (a couple of minutes’ walk from ‘Occupy Justice’. For more information, please visit the project’s website: http://digshakeriseandbleeedmylove.wordpress.com


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