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Today (Thursday 15th) marked the two month anniversary of the Occupy London movement, and not to be outdone by their American counterparts (see SchNEWS 797) the UK's own called for a day of action.
A crowd gathered at the occupation site at St Paul's at 10.30am with a festively appropriate pantomime horse. After listening to speeches on the current financial crisis and possible bottom-up solutions, the demo went on a 15 minute 'canter' targeting Lloyds branches in particular, as a symbol for the 'call to greed' that the movement aims to tackle through its actions. The panto horse and its followers occupied Lloyds' main offices for a short while and then toured other branches. Lloyds' CEO who saw in the 41% taxpayer bailout of the bank has returned to his post after standing aside for six weeks due to 'extreme fatigue and sleep deprivation' and the Co-operative Group has won the bid to take the 632 Lloyds and Cheltenham and Gloucester branches the bailed out institution was ordered to sell.
The horse-led protest returned to the Occupy site in time for speeches by Rev. Jesse Jackson and others who spoke to the assembled crowd of around 350 supporters about the global occupy movement. A roving 'street party' ensued with the demonstrators heading to The Carlton Club, the 'spiritual home' of the Conservative party – an exclusive members only club for the lizards in blue.
Schnews gets the real dirt on the refuse situation as Brighton's Cityclean workers take to the streets once again, despite pressure from the Council.
Hundreds of anti-capitalistas confront an overwhelming police presence in London as part of a pre-emptive strike against the G8 summit
New Legal Aid proposals strip defendants of rights
State panicking over G8 protests on both sides of water
Anti-cuts protesters block Lord Freud's Highgate London home and stage "evict a millionaire" demo.
UPDATE: They finally coughed up. After two days of consistent hassling by activists at the Department for Transport earlier last month, during which one person got nicked, the DfT sheepishly released the previously top secret (read: problematic and embarrassing) documents about the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road.
With protestors gearing up for a second round of resistance there could be 'diversions ahead' for the East Sussex County Council and the road backing scum Trinity College in the University of Cambridge.
In solidarity with 235 Sussex University workers whose jobs are threatened with privatisation, protesters from around the country converge on Sussex University's campus (alread site of an ongoing occupation), invade management HQ and make a bonfire out of corporate files.