The Occupy Movement comes to Scotland

19 Oct

In almost 2,000 cities across the world, people have been occupying their city centres in protest at the way a debt-run financial system, driven by unaccountable bankers, has caused economic devastation across the world.

The Movement started with Occupy Wall Street on 17 September, and in late September, the occupiers released a Declaration of the Occupation of New York City, to communicate their ideas to the wider community. The protests spread rapidly to other cities. In the US, the unions have come out in support of the occupy movement.

Current the occupations don’t have a clear political objective, and are intended to bring people together in their opposition to the financial crisis and the political failure that allowed it to happen. In this way, it is similar to the  Indignados in Spain and the Syntagma Square movement in Greece. The participants hope that by bringing people together in the city centres, they can open the debate and help to coordinate an international movement for a fairer future.

Last weekend, the occupations arrived in UK cities, including Scotland. There are currently occupations in George Square in Glasgow, and St Andrews Square in Edinburgh. For more information, visit the Occupy Glasgow and Occupy Edinburgh websites.

If you are in the city centre, go down to the occupation and talk to the occupiers. It is important that we build a coalition with everyone opposing the austerity agenda, not just in the UK but across the world.

There is a general assembly at 6:30 each day that is open to all; Occupy Glasgow is also holding a special meeting at 3pm on Saturday.

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