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 London, UKUncut 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?
SPREAD THE WORD!
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:
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!
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.
4pm 26th March 2011 until 5pm the following day.
ON THE DAY – WE NEED!
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!
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.
A website has been set up called Resist 26.
(Hashtags : #resist26 #stay41)
Many other sites and groups have been endorsing the idea. One of these is the Truth, Reason and Liberty blog.
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.
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.