Occupy- Do you remember

Do you remember when we thought that occupation could change the world?

In 2011 the City was occupied, Billy Bragg played an impromptu gig in front of St Pauls and we thought that there was a chance that the world might change. The Arab Spring had just happened and there was hope in the air.

Ok the Arab Spring turned very sour, and Occupy has changed the City not one jot, but it is sometimes nice to simply remind ourselves that there are people who were willing to make a stand and willing to hope for a different future.

Below are some pictures from that year of Occupation in the City, with 2 sites, one infront of St Pauls, another on Finsbury Square and also of the smaller Occupy Nottingham.

Tahrir Square London


Occupation Times
Heated Discussion observed
Monopoly

Finsbury Square

Capitalism Isn't Working
Tax Havens are Immoral

Nottingham

Occupy Nottingham
Occupy Nottingham

Extinction Rebellion

Tahrir Square London

In 2011 I stood outside St Paul’s Cathedral where the Occupy Movement had set up camp in the forecourt. It was a time of hope, seminars and vibrant discussion. The Arab Spring was happening and revolution was in the air.

Yesterday, I had a slight sense of dejavu when I took my camera to Marble Arch to shoot the Extinction Rebellion occupation of the roundabout and the top end of Oxford St in London.

Extinction Rebellion Occupation Marble Arch

The occupation was ordered, happy, a little sweaty after having been in the sun for a sunny Easter Weekend. It was full of happy young people arguing about whether they should end their occupation and come back next week or continue the occupation.

Each workshop was accompanied by posters and tents, then there were the free hugs and t-shirts. You can see the full set of pictures – by clicking the picture below.

Extinction Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion Occupation Marble Arch

Extinction Rebellion Occupation Marble Arch
Extinction Rebellion Occupation Marble Arch

Extinction Rebellion Occupation Marble Arch
Extinction Rebellion Occupation Marble Arch

Of course there were Drag Queens

Extinction Rebellion Occupation Marble Arch
Extinction Rebellion Occupation Marble Arch
Extinction Rebellion Occupation Marble Arch

Its been a turbulent year

Apparently, there is a Chinese proverb that says – may you live in turbulent times. Or maybe it doesn’t but the last 12 months has been a solid demonstration-fest as the country splits and disagrees about everything. I realised today that I have covered umpteen demos, marches and protests.

Its only March and I have already been to 2 major demos – who knows how many more there will be this year.

I guess the demo year really started with the Anti-Trump demo

Trump Demo July 18
Trump Demo July 18
Trump Demo July 18

Then on the next day there was the Pro-Trump Demo

Pro-Trump Demo

Pro-Trump Demo
Pro-Trump Demo

And to add to the mix there was the Anti-Pro-Trump Demo

Union Anti Racism Demo July 18
Union Anti Racism Demo July 18

Then to add into the mix on the same day there was the Anti-Fa Anti-Trump Demo

Anti-Fa Demo July 18
Anti-Fa Demo July 18
Anti-Fa Demo July 18

And then when you thought that this had all been too exciting there was the People’s March anti-Brexit Demo

People's Vote March London Nov 18
People's Vote March London Nov 18
People's Vote March London Nov 18

It all went quiet over Christmas and then the demonstration anger kicked off again in March with the People’s March Mk2

People's March - 23/3/19
People's March - 23/3/19
People's March - 23/3/19

And finally – and only so far. Was the Pro-Brexit demo on the 29th March.

Brexit Day - Demonstrations
Brexit Day - Demonstrations
Brexit Day - Demonstrations