The march organised by the TUC has been the subject of much discussion. It’s the biggest date in most activist’s calenders, despite what The Sun may think. Of course the TUC are planning a workers and young people A-B march and rally, as per usual. In this time of crisis however, there have been many different calls outs to act, from the official Youth Contingent, to Network X, to a Black Bloc, Black and Pink Bloc, Battle of Britain, Shut Down LondonUKUncut Contingent, Revenge of the Forests, “Fuck off Ed Milliband“, and even Puppets for Protest to this very strange idea to “stay 4 1 day” in Hyde park. Sounds ominous right? Camping in a field? Well I would have thought this was the hippy plan, all the way over there, having a sing-a-long, only the first call out I read came from Ian Bone. See Here, Here and Here

The vital importance of holding territory in a protest is demonstrated by Tahrir Square. This has never happpened in rcent protests in the UK on a scale so big. So how about turning Hyde Park into Tahrir Square On March 26th -27th. I herebye launch the ‘STAY 4 1 DAY’  campaign to stay occupying Hyde Park overnight on March 26th and till 5pm on the 27th. Since about 500.000 will already be in occupation for the rally it is already occupied space – all it needs is a refusal to leave.

The Facebook Event is Here.

WHY HYDE PARK?
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http://www.resist26.org/post/3295450296/why-hyde-park

SPREAD THE WORD!
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This will only work if word is spread properly, please invite all of your friends by clicking invite then paste this into your address bar and press return:

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THE PLAN
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To take part in marches and actions throughout Saturday 26th March then take Hyde Park (Marble arch corner) as a temporary free zone. Imagine a village within central London where people can camp, organise, relax, eat, dance and hatch plots.

Hyde Park should be seen as a launch pad and base of operations for your own protests and actions for the next 24 hours. A safe convergence space for spontaneous marches and actions for the weekend to set off from!

WHY OCCUPY?
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Imagine a having a space to create a truly free micro society based on mutual aid, universal respect and combined power to hold a siege of London, that will have those in power running for the panic room!

Because going home empty handed is not an option.

But mainly: We need a place to celebrate the death of apathy.

WHEN?
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4pm 26th March 2011 until 5pm the following day.

ON THE DAY – WE NEED!
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You to think about what you can do to make this day work. This isn’t Glastonbury, this relies on us taking the space and making it ours, you need to think about what you can bring to the day, don’t expect us or others to provide everything!

Bring food, water, supplies, tents, medical kits, music, tripods, body protection and anything else you can think to make the the place ours!

Can you share out internet on your mobile device or create a hotspot for people to use?

People to keep the outside world updated, tweet from your mobiles using the hastags #resist26 or #stay41 lets get people flooding in from all over the country.

BEFORE THE DAY – WE NEED!
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Help getting the word out, invite everyone on your social networks, banner drops, change your profile picture to the Stay 4 1 day banner? Send the link to everyone you know. Print off flyposters, make stickers, make t-shirts, phone the press. Power and sticker your towns with the web address resist26.org (we are doing some b/w posters for you to download).

Planning! We have 24 hours to make a difference, plan your actions with friends.

R26!

A website has been set up called Resist 26.

http://www.resist26.org/

http://twitter.com/resist26

(Hashtags : #resist26 #stay41)

Targets Map

Many other sites and groups have been endorsing the idea. One of these is the Truth, Reason and Liberty blog.

Yes, it’s another post about March 26th. However, given how much hangs on what happens that day, it has to be discussed. The problem still remains of how to stop the bureaucrats of the TUC killing the struggle against austerity.

Of course, many will argue that we should pull against everything hingeing upon a single day of action, and they’re right. See, for example, my argument for occupations, strikes, and economic blockades as a way to attack the capitalist economy and build the strength of the working class. This remains a necessity. But it doesn’t reduce the importance that – for a number of reasons – March 26th still holds.

The TUC called this demonstration, months ago, to placate those petitioning them to act against the cuts, and saw it as a hook on the back of which they can get away with doing nothing. But now, estimates place the number attending at a million plus. It will be the largest mobilisation of the working class in at least a decade.
That is why the TUC is afraid. They are doing their best to derail militancy by making the event as tightly stewarded as possible, and by agreeing to absurd concessions such as sending coaches away to Wembley to park, so people have to get the tube in to the march. They’re putting Ed Milliband on the stage with a line-up of bureaucrats, and will be doing their best to see that people listen to speeches, wave flags, and go home. Deflated. To watch the movement die.
For the same reason that the TUC is afraid, those of us who want effective opposition to the government’s agenda should be hopeful. No, it isn’t the be-all and end-all of this fight. But it will be an important milestone, and we need to see it bear the fruits of mass militancy.
This is why the plan currently gaining momentum, to “turn Hyde Park into Tahrir Square for 24 hours,” is exciting. The whole point, rather than for a few people to show off their radical credentials, is to encourage mass action. In essence, it boils down to occupying the park for 24 hours following the TUC rally. But the potential is for much more than that.
In the words of the Resist 26 website;
Imagine a village within central London where people can camp, organise, relax, eat, dance and hatch plots.
Imagine a having a space to create a truly free micro society based on mutual aid, universal respect and combined power to hold a siege of London, that will have those in power running for the panic room!
Because going home empty handed is not an option.
But mainly: We need a place to celebrate the death of apathy.
And this is the point. We don’t merely want a big set-piece, to give our “leaders” a nice photo opportunity, we want the ruling class running scared. And that only happens when those they rule become ungovernable. When they feel the balance of power shift.
That can only happen if everyone protesting against the government is willing to not just wave a placard but actively disobey.
Actions like the seige of Millbank Tower saw the movement explode into life, rose class consciousness amongst the young, and galvanised untold numbers who had never taken to the streets before. But there were (and are) still too many convinced by liberal and bureaucratic hand-wringing over “violence.” They still believe that society is a debating chamber, and that if we only win the argument then the powers-that-be will be reasonable enough to back down.
We can change that mindset, but to do so we have to draw people into the power struggle – to take them beyond protest into the realms of direct action.
Occupying Hyde Park is perhaps the best way to do that. After all, “if we chose to take parliament square whilst everyone else gets the coach home, we lose a vast amount of people and taking the space will almost certainly result in some confrontation.” This will allow the bureaucrats to turn people against militancy with greater ease, whereas “Hyde Park is a neutral place for people to decide what actions they want to take part in.”
This can, ultimately, involve taking Parliament Square, or any number of other actions. Already, a number of different possible actions in the pipeline, and Hyde Park (like Tahrir Square) will serve as more of a hub than a stand-alone event. Because what happens next has to be organic.
Nonetheless, it should now be self-evident what needs to happen next. We need to sell this. The Resist 26 website is serving as an online hub for information about the day, whilst you can find the “Stay 4 1 Day” Facebook event here, and the “Fuck off Ed Milliband” event here. “Puppets for Protest” and the “Pink and Black Bloc” are also worth checking out. But not everybody is online. Groups and individuals need to spread the word as far as possible, with leaflets and word of mouth, not only on the coaches and trains but before the event – encouraging people not only to come down, but also to stay.
We need to strive for a wave of militancy which maintains the momentum up to and beyond March. But it is equally important that March 26th is truly monumental. If we let the bureaucrats have their way, it will be much harder to effectively fight back.”
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