Occupy Edinburgh

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Occupy Edinburgh
Part of the Occupy Movement
Occupy Edinburgh located in St. Andrew Square
Date 15 October 2011
Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Causes Economic inequality, corporate influence over government, inter alia.
Methods Demonstrations, street protesters

Occupy Edinburgh was a peaceful protest and demonstration against "the monied corruption of our democracy".[1] The "occupation" began with the erection of a number of tents in St. Andrew Square on 14 October 2011.[2] These gardens are located in the heart of Edinburgh and right outside the Global Headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The movement was formed on 15 October 2011 to support the aims of the Occupy Movement initiated by the Adbusters and Occupy Wall Street protests of 17 September 2011. The movement focused on corporate greed, centred on the 2008 UK government bailouts, representing very large sums of money, to poorly performing UK banks, plus the big bonuses paid subsequently to senior bank officials of the same banks. In the UK, Occupy Edinburgh also supported other groups affected by UK government cutbacks, for instance those affecting public service pensions and student loans. Occupy Edinburgh believed the extra costs borne by these groups were strongly linked to what it called "bank greed".

On 24 November 2011, Edinburgh City Council became the first governmental body in the world to grant both the Occupy Edinburgh and the worldwide Occupy Movement official recognition.[3]

At the end of January 2012 the protesters relocated to The Meadows, a park within Edinburgh, and then left this site a couple of weeks later ahead of a legal bid to have them evicted by the City Council.[4]

Disputes with business interests[edit]

In January 2012 the protesters were urged to leave their site by Essential Edinburgh, the business group that manages the square they were occupying, and the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, so that it can be used by the public again. The CEO of the chamber is on the board of Essential Edinburgh. The Chamber's deputy chief executive, Graham Birse, said: "We did not spend all that public money for St Andrew Square to become a campsite for those with nowhere else to go."[5] The occupiers responded by asking why, if the square is private property, public money was spent on it.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Goals of the Occupy Movement
  2. ^ Occupy Edinburgh gains recognition from the Edinburgh Council
  3. ^ Rebecca Gordon (2011-11-24). "Occupy Edinburgh is backed by the Edinburgh Council". Local.stv.tv. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  4. ^ "Occupy Edinburgh protesters leave Meadows camp". BBC. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Call on Occupy Edinburgh campers to quit". Scotsman.com. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Comment on the Evening News/Scotsman story of 09/01/12". Occupy Edinburgh. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 

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