Monday, March 30, 2009

London Calling

The G-20 are having their get-together in The City starting on Wednesday. April Fool's Day. If Manhattan is the heart of the world's financial system, London is the lungs and I've been wondering how soon the anger on Europe's periphery would spread to there. Nothing more violent is needed to take down some governments than a spoon banging on a frying pan, and while England's may be made of sterner stuff than Iceland's or Latvia's, the money's gone just the same. At least one group is planning creative non-violence which might take control of some air time, and it doesn't sound too crazy. Via Furtherism:
On April 1st, the G20 are coming to London to face up to economic crisis and political meltdown. Lost your home? Lost your job? Lost your savings or your pension? This party is for you!

At 12 noon, April 1st the Bank of England.

Capitalism has been heating up our world for years, melting the icecaps, burning up the rainforests, pushing the planet to tipping point. Now we're going to put the heat on them. At the London Summit , the G20 ministers are trying to get away with the biggest April Fools trick of all time. Their tax-dodging, bonus-guzzling, pension-pinching, unregulated free market world's in meltdown, and those fools think we're going to bail them out. They've gotta be joking!

We can't pay, we won't pay and we are taking to the streets. Many, many imaginative actions will be taking place across London on April 1st. One major focus will be four separate carnival parades culminating in direct action against the financial follies in the City of London among them carbon trading.

Full circle back to 1649? 'A very English revolution!'
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will lead themed processions starting at 11 a.m. from the following rail stations:

Red horse against War;
Liverpool St

Green horse against Climate chaos
London Bridge

Silver horse against Financial crimes
Cannon Street

Black horse against land enclosures and borders in honour of the 360th full circle anniversary of the Diggers

At 12 noon, April 1st, we're going to reclaim the City, thrusting into the very belly of the beast: the Bank of England.

Early a.m. April 2nd, we're going to bang on their hotel doors, @ the Excel Centre, Canning town to deliver our message of a world beyond capitalism.


Bee said...

Wow - now those brits really know how to stage a protest! Wish I were there, sounds like it will be a grand time.

Still Life Living said...

God Save the Queen!

I'm not sure why, probably because God wants to punish those who do unto the least...

Anonymous said...

I would love to attend this party. Good one MarcLord.

MarcLord said...

Londoners know how to protest. They've got it down, helped by the fact that riot police commonly carry guns. This inspires the next post.

Vincent said...

You really had me there, Marc. Right up till today, I had heard no reports of the Four Horsemen, and was about to congratulate you on inside knowledge beyond the reach of the British media.

You catch people unawares with April Fool tricks ahead of time.

On the other hand, as I write it's not yet 11am. For all I know, the four horses are being curry-combed and bedizened in their respective liveries at this very moment.