Sadly, the Occupy LSX camp at St Paul’s Cathedral was evicted in the early hours of this morning, after almost four and a half months. I, for one, will miss its presence, as I firmly believe that powerful things can happen when people come together as a community to work together towards a common cause – and that the Occupy movement worldwide has already helped to open the eyes of many people as to what is going on in our governments, businesses and societies.
However, despite the end of this high-profile Occupy camp (and the eviction of the Occupy School of Ideas at the same time), the Occupiers have promised that this is only the beginning – and I hope it is. It certainly isn’t the end of Occupy London, as the site at Finsbury Square is – as far as I know – still in operation and intends to remain so. And that has to be a good thing…
On the evening of Thursday 17th November, thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters marched across the city to the Brooklyn Bridge. At the bridge, and to their delight, they saw that some very clever individuals were projecting this message, ‘bat-signal’ style, onto a nearby office block:
99% / MIC CHECK! / LOOK AROUND / YOU ARE A PART / OF A GLOBAL UPRISING / WE ARE A CRY / FROM THE HEART / OF THE WORLD / WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE / ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE / HAPPY BIRTHDAY / #OCCUPY MOVEMENT / OCCUPY WALL STREET / … / OCCUPY EARTH / WE ARE WINNING / IT IS THE BEGINNING OF THE BEGINNING / DO NOT BE AFRAID / LOVE.
The man who put all this together was 45-year-old Mark Read, who later told the website Boing Boing how much he has been inspired by the Occupy Movement:
I feel immense gratitude to these youngsters for kicking my ass into gear. I’m feeling so much gratitude to everyone, for putting their bodies on the line every day, for this movement. It’s a global uprising we’re part of. We have to win.
Photos from the one week anniversary celebrations at #OccupyLSX at St Paul’s Cathedral, plus the Tent City University State of the Nation Roundtable Discussion at Bank and the additional new site of occupation at Finsbury Square, EC1. For more information, visit the #OccupyLSX website.
(You can also see more of my #OccupyLSX photos here)
The Occupy movement is spreading. Yesterday there were Occupy actions in cities across the world, including here in London. As ever, I was there, armed with my trusty camera – and you can see some of the results above.
Follow @OccupyLSX on Twitter or Facebook for more information on Occupy London, or check out their website – they’re currently camping outside St Paul’s Cathedral (with the cathedral’s tentative blessing!) if you are interested in visiting and finding out more. You can also email them with any inquiries at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: On Sunday evening, #OccupyLSX issued an initial statement, which you can read here.