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FridgeMagnet

Administrator
Lots of cop vans racing around the area with their lights on, wee woo wee woo. Just saw five go past towards Trafalgar Square.
 

FridgeMagnet

Administrator
A bus from somebody called "The Awesome Movement", "supporting the emergency services", handing out coffee and crisps outside Charing Cross police station???
 

Pickman's model

every man and every woman is a star
A bus from somebody called "The Awesome Movement", "supporting the emergency services", handing out coffee and crisps outside Charing Cross police station???
It'd be "awesome" if they'd laced the coffee handed out to the constabulary with hallucinogenics, a twist on the dead kennedys' dmso
 

FridgeMagnet

Administrator
I think all the vans were to bring cops down to make sure the march of people from Parliament Square didn't go down whitehall or spill over anywhere else. That left at around 11 and there are still plenty of people arriving at Westminster. The main speeches and stuff are on Millbank which is not a great venue as it's just a street and nobody can see anything. This can lead to people getting bored and peeling off to do stuff elsewhere.
 

campanula

diminished responsibilty
My girls are there (arriving back at mine tonight). Not looking forward to the 8 year old prancing about, bellowing at the top of her lungs (considerable) 'Extinction, Rebellion' and 'another way is possible'. They are off on one on Sunday too. I live in the centre of town on the main marching drag and kinda like the carnivalesque drumming, music, marching and banner waving...my miserable curmudgeonly spirit tends to have a little lift at the sight of obvious solidarity...so I am can ignore the (naive) compliance with the police because I am seeing people who are really new to the whole protest thing...and feel that this can only be a good thing for generating wider networks - the massed protests are a fertile ground for expansion because they are so inclusive (at least the ones which troop past my house).
 

8ball

Having a teeny break
...I am can ignore the (naive) compliance with the police because I am seeing people who are really new to the whole protest thing...and feel that this can only be a good thing for generating wider networks - the massed protests are a fertile ground for expansion because they are so inclusive (at least the ones which troop past my house).
Although it does mean that when expansion or diversification happens, the whole substrate has been liberally seeded with Special Branch.
 

Rivendelboy

Banned
Banned
That awesome movement, fucks sake, can't believe this is an actually existing organisation
Being nice to paramedics is fine, but this constant veneration of the cops is worrying. Is this a symptom of social insecurity? Everything's collapsing so people turn to them for stability and protection? Meanwhile their details are recorded, their faces are recorded, and the state will feel precisely no pressure from these people today
 

8ball

Having a teeny break
Being nice to paramedics is fine, but this constant veneration of the cops is worrying. Is this a symptom of social insecurity? Everything's collapsing so people turn to them for stability and protection? Meanwhile their details are recorded, their faces are recorded, and the state will feel precisely no pressure from these people today
I thought the plan was more to get people well encsonced in the movement and culture so that they are not so easily put off the first time the filth kick the shit out of them.
 

YouSir

Look out Laika, it's Earth.
Police trying to pressure people for details, crowd arguing a bit, someone pops up.

'My dad's in the police and I work for XR, they're just doing their job'

'Nobody wants them arresting people for nothing'

'Well *I've* been arrested'

'so..?'

And scene. At the heart I really don't think some of the XR core think about what they're doing. Getting nicked on a protest is one thing, having organisers collaborate to get you nicked for nothing because it's all fun and games is another. Still, the students they were pressuring handled it right.
 

chilango

Der Teufel scheißt immer auf den größten Haufen
Cops didn't arrive till much later in Reading. They didn't turn whilst the road was being blocked but a couple escorted the march afterwards and are being pretty hands off/disinterested from what I overheard.

Protest lost a lot of people at 1ish. There's maybe a hundred or so listening to speeches now, but maybe 1000 or so at its peak at the start of the march.

Real mixed crowd. Mums and buggies. Retired Greenies. Unions. IWW, Plan C and loads and loads of school kids.
 

FridgeMagnet

Administrator
People are still arriving in London - more adults than kids now. I also find it hard to judge numbers as it's lots of individual groups in different places, but lots, tens of thousands, noticeably more than last year.
 

8ball

Having a teeny break
Lots of people working from home today because the Stinkies had a cycle ride through the middle of town at 8am to disrupt traffic.

Office nearly empty. Good effort considering that it didn't look like that many of them in the photos.
 

LynnDoyleCooper

I fucking told you so.
A few thousand or so out in Leeds, didn't feel that large or significant. Predictably shit speeches by annoying people. At least not everybody was cheering Caroline Lucas, poor Brighton.
 

campanula

diminished responsibilty
It is a tricky line to take, this police collaboration, as many protesters could see the end of careers with a criminal record. My daughter, a social worker, is already used to dancing around the dissonance of supporting people who have been at the sharp end, while simultaneously acting as an 'agent of state oppression'. Being both obviously working class and possessing a finely tuned ear for state sanctioned hypocrisy, has enabled her to do her job...but she skates a tricky line with liberal colleagues (she has had to explain what 'gammon' is, as well as 'yellow Tory' to some of them this week and often feels out on a limb) and an arrest could really fuck up her life (as the sole earner with a young child in privately rented property, her position is always precarious). She scoffs at my worries but I have certainly been arrested and have a conviction for 'causing an affray' but since I also have others, a bit worse, I am irredeemably buggered, so hey...

In one way, the general naivety does point up the many people completely new to this civil disobedience lark so a sharp education will either galvanise them even more...or they will scuttle off back to buying Ecover and organic halloumi.
 

belboid

TUC Off Your Knees
A few thousand or so out in Leeds, didn't feel that large or significant. Predictably shit speeches by annoying people. At least not everybody was cheering Caroline Lucas, poor Brighton.
other than the secretary of the trades council (who is, probably, the youngest person on it, at 60odd) all of ours were school students. Which got a bit repetitive and shouty, but was a bloody pleasant change.
 
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