About 100 of us – accompanied by about 100 police – got as far as Oxford Gardens within shouting distance of Cameron’s house before the police blocked us off from getting nearer. We then marched/were escorted back past a nazi saluting Rik Mayall along Ladbroke Grove to Meanwhile Gardens where after a brief rally we dispersed. There were three arrests – all released without charge later.
Many thought we’d never get to march/all be arrested or kettled in for hours. We marched, we resisted attempts to intimidate us at the start,we put the anarchist movement back on the street again where it belongs, we had our own march rather than tail ending others. Meeting along Portobello Road market and not isolating ourselves at the start worked well preventing the police from surrounding us all and is a tactic worth developing. Met some top young comrades from Bristol and Cumbria. An encouraging sight was the number of youngsters on the march mixed in with enough old timers to refilm the Wild Bunch!
FITWATCH did some top work helping those the police grabbed. The banner carriers did a resolute bold job and generally people were up for resisting arrests.
THE NOT SO GOOD
Just about another 100 anarchists lurked on the sidelines/stayed in the pub/arrived late/were too scared to join in.If these 100 had joined the march we’d have been better able to stand up to the cops – not that we’d have broken out but we’d certainly have had a more combative presence.
Few locals joined in, the march was very quiet leaving people mystified as to what it was about, the cops mostly dominated the march through sheer numbers. Starting at the market worked well but still we’ve to devise a way out of the cop kettle tactic.
At the end of the march one of the Hackney women contingent asked me ‘CAN YOU BE ARRESTED FOR HAVING WANK ON YOUR ARM’ ….one of the more unusual questions it has to be said as I glanced nervously at my sleeve. Then she showed me she had ‘WANK’ in large letters on her forearm….she’d been carrying a placard with that arm exposing ‘WANK’to public view and copper had threatened to arrest her! One for FITWATCH!
This was a toe in the water, the first step in building again a combative anarchist street presence and direct action movement. We now know which comrades are up for it and which aren’t.We now know we can build an alternative to the world of virtual anarchy of the ‘anarchism on my parents computer’ variety. We aim now to keep the momentum going so that we escape the inaction of only annual events and bookfairs. We see the key area as affordable housing and need to see the return of the mass squatting movement of 1946-47 – already starting to happen in the USA. Ocupations of high profile yuppie/rich developments like the Centrepoint one in the 1970’s could spread from London across the country. We’ll also be taking an interest in Boris Johnson’s election campaign and be orgnising events on the Mayoral election day on May 1st……and much more. A group of us are meeting regularly in London and we welcome contacts throughout Britain who want to work with us. Comments welcome.
Putting insuurectionary anarchism back on the streets where it belongs. Class War.
Cheers to everyone who turned up.