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Occupy London expresses solidarity with Occupy Wall Street at the US embassy

 

Occupy London held a solidarity demonstration outside the US Embassy today (Tuesday) following the eviction of Occupy Wall Street protestors from Zucotti Park in the early hours of this morning. Occupiers unfurled a banner reading, “They cannot evict an idea” as police blocked access to the embassy.

Six American citizens from Occupy London wanted to speak to consular officials at the US embassy, to ask why the violent eviction had been able to take place in a country where the rights to free speech and assembly are guaranteed under the Constitution. Despite the initial attempts of police to refuse the five who had their US passports with them access to the embassy, they were eventually granted an audience with a member of the consular team and a representative from the embassy’s press office. They were not, however, granted entry to the embassy itself.

The embassy representatives explained that the evictions of peaceful protesters in New York, Oakland and elsewhere were decisions taken at city level and not by the US federal government. The five asked how it was that the US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, could call for countries in the Middle East to respect citizens’ right to peaceful protest while that was seemingly not respected at home. In response, the embassy officials agreed to send a request to the Department of Justice asking them make a statement on the evictions in light of the concerns expressed by Americans abroad.

Adam Fitzmaurice, one of those who visited the US embassy today said: “I want to know why Secretary of State Clinton feels comfortable demanding dictators such as Mubarak and Assad respect and allow peaceful protest while the NYPD, Oakland PD, Denver PD, and others across the US brutally gas, pepper-spray and beat peaceful protesters to suppress dissent.”

Coincidentally, the City of London announced today that they would be restarting legal proceedings against Occupy London under the terms of the Highways Act.

 

17 Responses to “Occupy London expresses solidarity with Occupy Wall Street at the US embassy”

  1. We stand in total solitary with your cause. We too were forcibly evicted here at “occupy your mom” for not seeking explicit verbal consent.

    However, unlike yourselves, entry into her embassy was not granted dispite repeated requests but we found the rear doors unlocked.

     
    • Please remove this comment. I find it offensive and vulgar. Thank you.

       
      • @Girl. Your mumma so fat she………

         
  2. @ I have a hard – soladarity brother from occupy your mom

     
    • I find this comment offensive and vulgar. Please remove it. Thank you.

       
  3. If the eviction was forcibly carried out in the end, is there anything to stop a different organisation (in solidarity with Occupy) pitching tents on site, but in numbers that don’t “block the highway”, and inviting people to join them? And also inviting “Occupy” to continue daytime non-tent protest around the steps of St Pauls, since standing protest is apparently accepted. So you would then still have a tent presence (run by a different organisation) and the Occupy presence at this focal point in the City. There is no law against pitching a tent by the side of the highway, and each new encampment would have to be challenged by proving that, say, tents in a diminished number (but with an increased and increasing daytime protest) were miraculously blocking the highway when that was even more insane than the charge at the present. Why not just keep up the daily pressure and presence, based at St Paul’s, standing, protesting, with loads of daytime banners (but not tents) – to insist that the right to peaceful protest is a right enshrined in law, and that the central charge against corporates and the city continues to be broadcast. Even if the bulk of Occupy tents had to be raised at some other base in London (after forcible eviction), should the protest right here at St Pauls just carry on? And should limited tents, of a solidarity group not named in the legal action, be symbolically (and unobstructively) raised to demonstrate that this is a frontline that is not going away. And also, could Occupy please negotiate for one or a small number of tents to be given sanctuary inside St Paul’s Cathedral too, so the Church can put it’s money where its mouth is, and not stand by when peaceful protestors are being cleared from its own locality? In these, and all kinds of ways, both the protest at St Pauls, and expanding actions in multiple locations around London, should continue. The C of L should be shown that freedom cannot be crushed by the 1%, and that if you try to suppress protest, you simply fan the flames, and the protest grows. This story has a long, long way to run…!

     
  4. is the end of economic growth going to see the end of democracy? i hope not. keep the occupations up!

    check out my new blog on discussing new ideas for direct democracy if you are interested… http://samplocracy.wordpress.com/`

     
  5. Everyone involved in the Occupy Movement, please read this article. Very very important strategy info: http://www.cognitivepolicyworks.com/blog/2011/10/19/a-framing-memo-for-occupy-wall-street/

    Excerpt: “It seems to me that the OWS movement is moral in nature, that occupiers want the country to change its moral focus. It is easy to find useful policies; hundreds have been suggested. It is harder to find a moral focus and stick to it. If the movement is to frame itself, it should be on the basis of its moral focus, not a particular agenda or list of policy demands. If the moral focus of America changes, new people will be elected and the policies will follow. Without a change of moral focus, the conservative worldview that has brought us to the present disastrous and dangerous moment will continue to prevail.”
    (it’s US-focussed, but thinking is universal relly)

    Also, the guys whole site is great

     
  6. The people in the photo all look like a bunch of hippies! I don’t want the great unwashed to be deciding anything in this country!

     
    • Troll?? None of us were unwashed. I work-full time, rent a flat, pay my taxes, volunteer, and surprise surprise, wash every day. Nice to know people are deciding who should lead our country based on looks alone, from a photo no less. Please don’t insult people you’ve never met. You’re only insulting yourself.

       
      • Thankyou. What she said.

         
    • Oh, it’s Dill Doe! Of course. The great troll on OccupyLSX. Why did I even bother to comment? Nothing more needs to be said. Thanks Dill Doe!

       
  7. Why no photos of the solidarity demonstration? How big was it?

     
    • Photos are here http://www.demotix.com/news/926098/occupy-london-stock-exchange-protest-us-embassy. Demo was small. 3pm on a weekday with many people leaving after a couple of hours of waiting to be allowed into our own embassy, which we were never actually allowed to do.

       
      • Where was everyone else, asleep?

         
        • Karen – if you disagree with the motivations of the Occupy movement, why don’t you engage in actual debate, rather than simply repeating tabloid propaganda?

          You may discover that you have a lot in common with Occupy ideals. You may even offer persuasive arguments able to influence the direction of the movement.

           
  8. So, representatives of the US government would not allow US citizens into the embassy. Sounds very undiplomatic to me.

    Were it to happen to me while I was overseas I would take it up with my MP when I returned to dear old blighty.

     

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