Reclaim It: Women’s library occupied in resistance against cuts
UPDATE 9 March 7pm
Those occupying The Women’s Library have now been evicted; they were carried out one by one as supporters outside chanted in solidarity. The occupation – an International Women’s Day action – highlighted the injustice of cuts to public services and of inequality and oppression of women and minorities who all too often experience the effects of ‘austerity’ measures most severely. This protest also provided a ‘send off’ to the library which is now to be closed down.
Occupy London made the following statement of solidarity with Reclaim It:
“Occupy London activists support the occupation of The Women’s Library in protest against the closure of this library and the government’s cuts to public services. By highlighting the gendered impact of the cuts – which will jeopardise safe and free access to childcare, abortion, rape crisis centres and women’s refuges as well as many more services for women and LGBT people – Reclaim It are fighting austerity, injustice, inequality and oppression. Occupy London is in solidarity with these struggles.”
UPDATE 9 March 15.30
After a court order was served this morning, bailiffs and police vans arrived at The Women’s Library this afternoon and an attempted eviction is now underway. Reclaim It have been asking supporters to go to the library at Old Castle St, Aldgate, E1 7NT to show solidarity.
Occupy London activists are supporting the action from both inside and outside the library and will update as the situation develops.
Reclaim It have occupied The Women’s Library in Whitechapel to protest against the governments cuts to vital public services.
In the last few minutes this news was announced, the group said “We have occupied the women’s library to protest the closure of the women’s library and the cuts to valuable services. The atmosphere is jolly, everyone is welcome.”
The address is 25 Old Castle Street, London, E1 7NT
In a pre-occupation statement Reclaim It said
“Sick of the Con Dem’s regime of cuts and austerity? Tired of watching helpless while the government destroys people’s lives and create a world we don’t want to live in? Then join us on International Women’s Day to take direct action to stop the cuts.
We are an independent coalition of feminist and anti-cuts activists who think its time to take matters into our own hands. We are particularly concerned about the gendered impact of the cuts which will jeopardise safe and free access to abortion, force single mothers back to work when their children are still young, close down rape crisis centres and women’s refuges as well as many more services for women and LGBT people.
Join us to fight austerity together!”