Climate Camp Erected in London’s Banking District;Financial Fool’s Day in Full Effect

nature-doesnt-doThe global revolt against the governing elites is on.  Today, tens of thousands are converging in London to protest the G20 (along with tens of thousands of riot police). The main aim of this summit is to discuss how to re-build confidence in the financial markets and “re-stabilize” the world economy given the current financial crisis. The meeting will be composed of finance ministers from the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, and the World Bank.

Targeting the Bank of England, private financial institutions and the summit itself, activists today are staging mass protests and direct actions throughout London’s financial district.  Several thousand have surrounded the bank of England, while several hundred attacked a Royal Bank of Scotland branch shouting “Who’s bank! Our bank!

The organizers of the UK’s climate camps have set up Climate Camp G20 in naturethe heart of London’s Financial District.  Within minutes over thousands set up over a 100 tents and other vital pieces of infrastructure under a heavy police presence in front of the European Climate Exchange.  The latest report says:

“Still going Strong, over 2000 people and 150 tents, described as a hugely impressive infrastructure. There are theatre performances, compost toilets, a medical tent, a couple of working kitchens, with many people picnicing there. The camp has been attracting passers by and city workers. There are police lines on either side of the camp but people are allowed in and out. Plenty of dancing and banners across the street.”
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In other parts of the UK, there have been a wave of factory occupations by ex-workers and actions at Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) around the country.

On Sunday, 40,000 people (three times what the organizers expected to attend) marched under the banner of “Jobs Justice Climate” to hold the bankers and the governments which love them accountable for both the credit crisis and the climate crisis.

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10 Responses to “Climate Camp Erected in London’s Banking District;Financial Fool’s Day in Full Effect”


  1. 1 Zammy Apr 1st, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Climate protection is nothing but communism in disguise, and you people know it.

  2. 2 Cascadia Brian Apr 1st, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    As of a few hours ago it appears the police have been attempting to violently evict the peaceful climate campers…it’s awful to hear: even the mainstream media knows that the climate camp is a non-violent direction action movement (eg, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7976703.stm)

    you can read updates on whats happening on the ground at http://london.indymedia.org.uk/articles/943

  3. 3 Cascadia Brian Apr 1st, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    some news coverage

  4. 4 Big Bad Coal Apr 1st, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    It’s really interesting how the London cops are surrounding, or forming “kettles,” and holding demonstrators at the Bank of England (even after the demo ended) and the Climate Camp and not letting them move along freely. it’s very provocative. as if they want to move in and smash protesters. shock, shock, shocking.

  5. 5 Scott Apr 2nd, 2009 at 1:15 am

    hey Zammy– Communism in disguise? Is that really the best you got?

  6. 6 Lana Apr 2nd, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Why has climate change become such as a potent issue that the police are told to suppress action with disproportionate force? Politicians admit it is happening but still do barely anything. We need a complete democratisation of the energy economy – renewable energy to the masses. Also the ‘kettling’ makes me wonder – are they really trying to protect us or to control us?

  7. 7 Calvin Jones Apr 9th, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Just to say, the day was split into two parts. The awesome non-violent part where we took over a main artery through the city of London–and the violent distinctly non-awesome part where the police waded in with battons and police dogs and assaulted peaceful protestors. There have actually been several media storis pointing out that we arent the dangerous ones!

    The awesome part: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ynBg7voaa0

    A highlight from the awesome part: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQcGPcXpCYY

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Scott Parkin is a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network and organizes with Rising Tide North America. He has worked on a variety of campaigns around climate change, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, labor issues and anti-corporate globalization. Originally from Texas, he now lives in San Francisco.

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