Soft on Occupy

It was encouraging to see London Occupy activists symbolically linking up with the workers’ movement by participating in the May 1 demonstration. Their ‘impromptu’ protests targeting high street outlets that participate in the government’s ‘workfare’ scheme on the same day, likewise, were a step up from their calling upon an ill-defined ‘democracy’ to act against the ‘worst’ finance capitalists. Continue reading

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Tahrir Square comes to Madrid

published in Weekly Worker, 2nd June 2011

“Rallies are boring,” said one activist characteristically at the ‘open organising assembly for June 30 strikes’ in central London. The May 23 meeting may have been attended by more than 100 activists from various tendencies, but it was certainly decentralised direct action groups such as UK Uncut that set the tone. Continue reading