Occupy protesters evicted from empty London office block
Occupy London protesters evicted from City office block
Ah, London, soon to be home of the Olympics. How dareth protesters mar thine pristine money-making capabilities? Though having said that, I will say a few things in favor of the current London situation:
1. The one building cleared out without eviction orders and court yadda was supposedly a health risk. (I don’t buy it, but eh)
2. The eviction of the folks in the UBS building did come after court wrangling.
3. The cop reported to have been acting inappropriately was arrested. Yay!
Having said that, there was a cop acting up. And the UBS clear-out was yet another midnight raid, which is just getting tacky world-wide. While the riots were terrible, at least it’s prevented the cops from acting too out of line in such hard times… for now.
Hopes fade for St Paul’s Occupy camp compromise
Or perhaps they feel emboldened by the fact that the St. Paul’s camp has just about ran out of straws to grasp at. Tomorrow is apparently d-day; talk is over, and the clearing out is due to start… so they say. As said – I think they’re trying to stomp everything out before the Olympics, especially evidenced by the preemptive ban on tents. Which totally misses the point, but ah well… that’s to be expected. Even if they do go and smash up all the tents tomorrow and drag people away, it won’t kill the protest. It might make it less obvious (or might swell forgotten Finsbury Square?), but it’s not going to kill it.
But that’s just my opinion… we’ll see where fact lies.