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LynnDoyleCooper

I fucking told you so.
These are big numbers, no?

The schoolkids' self-organisation is inspiring.
Not wanting to pour cynicism on it, but where's it gonna go though? Where could it go? The left has always been brilliant at demos, it's the bit after and beyond we're often shit at. Same with XR and other climate stuff. Maybe the whole strategy and movement needs a separate thread...?
 

YouSir

Look out Laika, it's Earth.
Not wanting to pour cynicism on it, but where's it gonna go though? Where could it go? The left has always been brilliant at demos, it's the bit after and beyond we're often shit at. Same with XR and other climate stuff. Maybe the whole strategy and movement needs a separate thread...?
Neither the old Left nor XR will have much to do with it is my guess, the students and kids out now will take it their own way. For better or worse. Watching Swappies and XR 'leaders' today just looked like a closed off hobby in the midst of a protest that didn't care.
 

LynnDoyleCooper

I fucking told you so.
Neither the old Left nor XR will have much to do with it is my guess, the students and kids out now will take it their own way. For better or worse. Watching Swappies and XR 'leaders' today just looked like a closed off hobby in the midst of a protest that didn't care.
Every variety of leftie group (that's left alive) was out at the one in Leeds, mostly roundly ignored. XR were there and are popular though, they feel like the older (!) more action orientated wing of this thing, and that's how it feels they're a bit positioning themselves.

All feels and sounds very apolitical though. And occasional demos/days like this aren't going to go anywhere really unless there's an outside dynamic that comes into play, or the strategy changes.
 
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spitfire

Toast
Cops at Bethnal Green waiting for the 4pm demo kick off in BG Gardens. Just waiting to see if Mini Fire wants to go down and will report back if she's up for it.

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cupid_stunt

Dyslexic King Cnut ... the Great.
I was busy working, so couldn't get down to the Worthing demo, apparently a few hundred turned out, they had a sit-down protest in a pedestrian only road. :hmm:
 

a_chap

When the world came apart, where were you?
I went to the Worcester one. Absolutely minuscule.

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They blocked the pedestrian crossing at Worcester Bridge thereby preventing any traffic from crossing the river Severn. However, they only did this for seven minutes and un-blocked it for three minutes (so the traffic could pass) before re-blocking for seven minutes, etc. They did this for a whole two hours!

The traffic in Worcester city centre is always terrible at rush hour. The irony is that the traffic delays this morning were much less than normal :D

Everything was peaceful and friendly apart from some vile abuse from a small number vehicle drivers and pedestrians. Some drivers made a point of revving their engines hard as they passed and screeching away... only to be caught by the speed camera located a hundred metres or so along New Road :thumbs:
 

spitfire

Toast
Shame the kids ain’t beating the rape apologists with their own placard sticks.
I stayed with the march as it proceeded down BG High street (m'lud). The person leading it with the megaphone was carrying a copy of Socialist Worker in a plastic bag as were a couple of other people on the periphery. XR Tower Hamlets seems to me like an SWP operation. The only other political (yeah I know) organisations I saw were a Green Party banner and a Labour councillor who I know.

Stewarding was non existent and there was a pretty hairy moment when they were crossing the big crossroads and pissed off drivers were getting a bit close to some kids that were still in the road.

I'm not particularly down on XR and I think getting people on the streets is great but the Swappies can fuck off.

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Plumdaff

joy in people
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Could only get to the end of the Cardiff one and by all accounts a fair few people had left by the time I arrived. Most impressed by the young people, they seemed committed and clear on the need for radical systemic change. There was even a very young black bloc in attendance.
 

fucthest8

Fail we may ...
Exeter one was pretty well attended. Haven't looked for any official numbers, but had to be a couple of thou

Stuck in the High Street

This was just what was behind me
 

cupid_stunt

Dyslexic King Cnut ... the Great.
Apparently 'thousands' turned-out in Taunton, my old home town, a mate said it was on a par to the anti-poll tax march, which was generally estimated at 5,000.

All in all, it seems to have been very successful, both across the UK, and across the world, so well done to all concerned.
 

FridgeMagnet

Administrator

MPS Events is a great twitter feed. The other one that is really useful is TFL Traffic News, which gives the actual details of where things are in real time.

 

StoneRoad

heckling from the back!
Hope these events make enough impact that the ripple effect of individual actions really makes the changes the world needs.
And maybe it will also apply some kicks to a few political / industrial ar5es ...

The world has less than 12 years to make the changes !
 

lazythursday

Well-Known Member
Hope these events make enough impact that the ripple effect of individual actions really makes the changes the world needs.
And maybe it will also apply some kicks to a few political / industrial ar5es ...

The world has less than 12 years to make the changes !
I do some work with an organisation that plants trees. The last five years have been pretty lean times for them with a lack of funding/land. Since the climate strikes began / XR started making waves they have been deluged with offers of land, and local councils wanting plans put together. Something is shifting I think, slowly but surely.
 

StoneRoad

heckling from the back!
In the last couple of decades, the trees I planted have grew some.
I don't really have room for many more and actually I perhaps should do some thinning / pruning.

Workshop heating attempts to be carbon neutral - sawdust and offcuts get burnt in the winter months.
 

Dieselpunk2000

Well-Known Member
For such a backward, Brexity/Toryish, flag-waving, gammony place, Hereford had quite a surprisingly large turnout:D. The comments I overheard mainly consisted of 'just run the little fuckers over' and cretins in cars revving engines. :facepalm: Lots of police about as well.
 
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