Occupy Wall Street is fast becoming Occupy The World. With demonstrations now in 950 cities in 82 countries this movement has spread like wildfire. On 15 October a peacful occupation started outside St Paul’s cathedral after the following call to action;
“The words ‘corporate greed’ ring through the speeches and banners of protests across the globe. After huge bail-outs and in the face of unemployment, privatisation and austerity, we still see profits for the rich on the increase. But we are the 99%, and on October 15th our voice unites across gender and race, across borders and continents, as we call for equality and justice for all.
“In London, we will occupy the Stock Exchange. Reclaiming space in the face of the financial system and using it to voice ideas for how we can work towards a better future. A future free from austerity, growing inequality, unemployment, tax injustice and a political elite who ignores its citizens, and work towards concrete demands to be met.”
The camp is still going strong today and activists have vowed to remain there indefinitely with a makeshift kitchen having been set up, portbable toilets, 75 tents and even a media centre. Low-tech hippies? I don’t think so, this is activism in the 21 century.
Things are happening, people are not happy and they are increasingly willing to do something about it.The financial systems that create such horrendous inequality are global, now the fightback is now also worldwide, which means we have got a chance at changing things. I’m starting to feel excited, are you?
Keep an eye on Occupy London Stock Exchange;
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