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HEARTS OF OAKLAND

OCCUPY EVERYWHERE ROUND UP

Amonst all the violence this week, Occupy Oakland was the site of an assault on an Iraq veteren, Scott Olsen, by police on the 25th October. He was shot in the face with a gas canister that fractured his skull. As others rushed to help cops threw a thunderflash.

Sometimes it only takes one; in Tunisia it was a fruit stall holder setting himself on fire, in Greece the death of a 15 year old boy...could this be the moment that stirs more of America into action?

Occupy Oakland General Assembly responded, by consensus, to the clearing of their camp by calling for a city-wide general strike on Wednesday (2nd). The last general strike in Oakland was back in 1946.

On the day thousands marched down to Oakland’s port (one of the US’s busiest) and shut it, and much of the city, down. Cops used teargas and stun grenades to attack the protesters later that night. By midnight an unused building had become a beacon for protesters, and a party was in full swing, but not for long as large numbers of police in full riot gear crashed the blowout.

* See  www.occupyoakland.org

London: Protesters plan to occupy Canary Wharf on November 30th during the public sector general strike (www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Canary-Whaft/215157485213150). Canary Wharf Group have pre-emptively secured a High Court injunction to prevent Occupy LSX protesters loitering in the East London business district.

Meanwhile the Occupy London protesters may well get to spend the festive season outside St Paul’s Cathedral. The City of London has promised to put off eviction measures until the Christmas bells cease to jingle. Negotiations between protesters and officials  resulted in the offer to halt eviction for now in return for the number of tents being reduced. Occupy London member Tina Rothery said: ‘We would have to make a slight reduction in tents in order to free up space for the fire brigade. There’s a hindrance of access for St Paul’s churchyard. We’re not blocking it but they would like more space.’ After the U-turns from St. Pauls top brass, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams came out sounding sympathetic to the cause. He spoke out for a ‘Robin Hood tax’ on banks and understands ‘the widespread resentment with the financial establishment’

* http://occupylondon.org.uk

Bournemouth: The council have now announced they’ll be seeking eviction in court on Friday(4th).

Birmingham: Protesters in Birmingham city centre moved camp on Wednesday(2nd) from Victoria square to the community gardens by Symphony Hall, following the council’s request to make way for an annual German Christmas market! How bloody civilised. The protest movement against corporate greed which has spread across four continents takes a back step for Christmas... Protesters said “there is no contradiction between our aims and moving for the Christmas traders.

” No comment.* http://occupybirmingham.org

Germany: Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Germany this Saturday(29th) to protest over the wealth schism in our society. Occupy activists stationed outside the European Central Bank in Frankfurt plan to stay camped for the next two weeks. According to organising group Attac 5,000 demonstrators marched in Frankfurt past the German National Bank HQ and the European Central Bank. In Berlin, 1,000 protesters congregated outside the main city hall in similar furore. Further protests are planned in both cities for November 12.

* http://occupygermany.org/
 



 

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A brief history of the Dragon Festival and Cigarrones travellers site, southern Spain.
The Cigarrones travellers’ site is one of several communities which have sprung up near Orgiva in Andalucía, Spain, in recent decades. Coming to the southern tip of Europe to escape the repression against travellers in Britain and elsewhere, they have carved out a life of avin’ it autonomous anarchy – despite increasing attention from tinpot local authorities who act like Franco is still in. Since 1997 the site has held the annual Dragon Festival - now arguably one of the most significant free festivals in Europe – but this is also under attack. Here is a brief history written by a resident of Cigarrones:
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