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WHO’S UP FOR IT THEN?
On arrival yesterday two uniformed police approached me, said they had been reading this blog and that it was illegal to encourage people to block the rich doors. They had been waiting inside the rich reception area and were joined by two others. No doubt Redrow have been putting pressure for action.
So I would like to make it clear to them as they read this. We are exercising our right to demonstrate and we expect the police to support this rather than act as security guards for Redrow. I am not encouraging people to block the doors merely to talk to those entering and give them a leaflet about what we are protesting about. That will remain our intent in future weeks. If some residents wish to crawl under our banner nowhere near the entrance then that is their decision…indeed their right.
I have no doubt we are going to see increased policing next week….the assets at risk for Redrow are huge. Don’t forget George Osborne spoke at No.1 Commercial Street last year saying how pivotal it was in the government’s economic plans.
So comrades we could do with your support next week.
Amazing scenes at the No.1 Commercial Street picket last night. Two owners of the £4.5 million apartments crawled on al fours under the CLASS WAR’S infamous LUCY PARSONS banner to gain entrance to the swanky ghetto. Frustrated by the delay in the police taking action against us as they demanded they gave in and crawled before our banner. The seemingly unstoppable march of gentrification in East London has received a telling blow at last. The poor doors are still there but the public humiliation of the rich in the very building they sought to be cosseted from the poor will live long in the memory. They are not unbeatable. Bus passengers chortled, taxi drivers honked, a large crowd gathered to ask what was happening and two joined our picket. A caretaker from a block being built opposite told us to new blocks on Commercial Road were being designed the same way. Two affordable residents told us the rich had been given a leaflet detailing that our protests were illegal and would soon end. The protests are now serving as meetings…..last night I counted ten simultaneous animated conversations going on……..it looked liked an Athenian democracy!
Lucy would have been proud. She used to organise Bash the rich marches to swanky restraunts in Chicago with the sarcastic banner ‘WORKMEN BOW DOWN BEFORE YOUR MASTERS’. Last night we re-worked it ‘RICH SCUM – BOW DOWN BEFORE OUR CLASS’. One blow only for sure but when you’ve been on the retreat for so long a small victory is to be celebrated. On the election of 1945 HARTLEY SHAWCROSS the Labour cabinet minister said WE ARE THE MASTERS NOW. Not yet we aint comrades but we will fucking be. POOR DOORS NEXT WEDNESDAY 6PM – BE THERE.