Occupy Glasgow

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Occupy Glasgow
Part of the Occupy protests
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Occupy Glasgow
Date From 15 October 2011
Location Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Causes Economic inequality, corporate influence over government, inter alia.

Occupy Glasgow began as a peaceful protest in Glasgow, Scotland, in solidarity with the global Occupy movement intentions to resolve economic and financial inequalities. The protest started on 15 October 2011, opposite the City Chambers in George Square,[1] but due to possible conflict with Remembrance Day events, Glasgow City Council granted an eviction warrant, in force from 7 November, and protesting was moved to Kelvingrove Park in agreement with the council.[2] This is a first in the Occupy movements that a government has reached a compromise. It was set up with the safety and welfare of campers.[3] The campsite occupation ended with a vote on Saturday 10 December 2011,[4] after bad weather destroyed most of the installation.

As of June 2012, Occupy Glasgow had continued to engage in organised meetings, events and actions.[5]

Statements of intent[edit]

The occupation that took place in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow collectively agreed the initial statement below, based on the statement agreed by 500 people on the steps of St Pauls at OccupyLSX [6]

  1. "The current system is unsustainable. It is undemocratic and unjust. We need alternatives; this is where we work towards them.
  2. We are of all ethnic backgrounds, genders, generations, sexualities, dis/abilities and faiths. We stand together with occupations all over the world.
  3. We refuse to pay for the banks' crisis.
  4. We do not accept the cuts as either necessary or inevitable. We demand an end to global tax injustice and our democracy representing corporations instead of the people.
  5. We want regulators to be genuinely independent of the industries they regulate.
  6. We support the strike on 30 November and the student action on 9 November, and actions to defend our health services, welfare, education and employment, and to stop wars and arms dealing.
  7. We want structural change towards authentic global equality. The world's resources must go towards caring for people and the planet, not the military, corporate profits or the rich.
  8. We stand in solidarity with the global oppressed and we call for an end to the actions of our government and others in causing this oppression.
  9. This is what democracy looks like. Come and join us!"
Occupy Glasgow: 9 Statements of Intent

History[edit]

Rape incident at camp in George Square[edit]

A woman was raped in a tent at Glasgow's George Square, on 26 October 2011, which is the site of an anti-capitalist protest camp. The 28-year-old is understood to have been attacked in the tent in the early hours of Wednesday morning, approximately 12.45am. Police have said they are looking for two suspects they believe are known to the victim.[7]

Council orders camp to disband[edit]

Glasgow City Council declared the camp was illegal under park management rules and ordered the group to leave "with immediate effect". A "letter of expulsion" was sent on 15 October to activists who had set up tents there. The council said the timing of the letter being issued was not connected to the rape.

Kelvingrove Park[edit]

On Thursday 3 November, Glasgow City Council gave over a section of Kelvingrove Park to be a protest camp, setting up amenities, fresh water, flood lights and fencing to facilitate the protest.

The move from George Square to Kelvingrove Park was agreed after talks with the local authority.[8] The council said that the occupiers had been offered space at Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow Green or on the Broomielaw to continue their protest. The site was adduced as part of a deal to vacate the square before Remembrance Day events. A spokesman has said that this would allow them "to maintain a presence while minimising disruption to the people of Glasgow". Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello used a radio interview to publicise the protest. Occupiers in Glasgow and Edinburgh have had been subjected to cold winter weather, sometimes as low as -3 degrees Celsius. In response to a request from councillors, Robert Booth, executive director of land and services, revealed that the set-up cost of the camp, including providing fencing, toilets, lighting and a water supply, ran to £1800. Weekly running costs are expected to add up to around £160, bringing the total over three months to £4040 - on average £45 a day. The protesters were issued with a list of conditions for the occupancy. These included requirements that other park users were not harassed or annoyed by activists handing out flyers, all litter was put in bins and the level of noise was kept to a minimum. The group were given responsibility for stewarding the occupation, and the license granted them use of the space in Kelvingrove Park up to 2 February 2012.

Blythswood Square[edit]

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While authorities in London start eviction moves against St Paul's protesters, a few members of Occupy Glasgow decided to leave the camp on Kelvingrove Park which the city council had agreed to. They set up a "satellite camp" on private property in Blythswood Square.

The campaigners said that although some have moved camp there isn't a split. They were only looking for different people to talk to. They said their new satellite camp is close to financial businesses, bank call centres, and lawyers and accountants involved in winding up businesses.

The decision of the General Assembly in December 2011 was, after extreme weather, both camps were to close for the meantime and to focus resources on outreach and direct action.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Occupy protests across the UK as St Paul's demonstration continues". BBC News. 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  2. ^ "BBC news, eviction of Glasgow Protesters". BBC News. 2011-11-03. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  3. ^ "Occupy Glasgow". 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  4. ^ "Occupy Glasgow". 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  5. ^ "Occupy Glasgow – Calendar". Occupyglasgow.org. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Occupy Glasgow, Statements of intent". 
  7. ^ Kilbride, John (26 October 2011). "Women raped at camp". STV News. 
  8. ^ "Occupy Protest group agrees to move". Stamford Mercury. [dead link]

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