Occupy Mayday celebration at Liverpool Street StTagged as: cuts m1gs may2012 mayday occupyfs occupylondon occupylsx solidarity workers_struggles
One of the early Mayday protests and celebrations has been taking place at Liverpool St station, with people from Occupy London and supporters spreading their mayday message with roses, informing people about the workfare protests and the global protests happening throughout the month of may.
Timeline of this morning:
[07.55] Lots of police at liverpool st station, about 30 distributed within station & three vanloads outside.
[08.00] Uniformed and plain clothes officers EVERYWHERE at Liverpool St station
[08.10] Most police waiting at entrance to underground. A few overhead. None at extrance of station at Bishopsgate
[08.13] Photographers coming out of the woodwork.
[08.14] Police vans leave liverpool st station in hurry. Lots of photographers here.
[08.36] People gathered at finsbury sq with flying helium tent, masks, big bags, bannerrs and sound system, readying leave for Liverpool Street.
[08.43] People leaving from Occupy Finsbury square.
[08.45] Passing old site of occupied bank of ideas. [Pic]
[08.46] A helium balloon has escaped!
[08.48] Three balloons have now escaped - need back up balloons! One banner reads "May 12: Bring Your Tent", others read "(heart) occupy" and "Evict This!"
[08.51] Procession from Finsbury sq arriving Liverpool st
[08.54] Loads of photographers and british transport police and normal met cops.
[08.55] Informing cops about the upcoming police demo 10th May. [ref]
[08.56] Samba drumming loud.
[09.08] Now up onto upper level at liverpool st and leaving station. [pic]
[09.10] Outside station with big banner and band, FIT taking pictures.
[09.15] Handing out flowers and wishing people happy mayday! chatting about upcoming demos and workfare. [pic]
[10.00] Some people returning to finsbury square to get ready for 11.30 march to the trade union london mayday march.
Rough outline of the afternoons actions: (for more detailed coverage click here)
[12.00] The march sets off down Fleet Street [pic]
[13.00] Snaking along near Holborn [video]
[16.00] People have reassembled on Oxford street wher ethey have been highlighting the issues around Workfair and the shops involved in benefiting from the cheap wages. Places visited include BHS, MacDonalds, Pizzahut and Topshop. [pics: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 ] [Videos: 1 | 2 | 3 ]
[17.00] Some arrests [pic]
From Occupy London site:
11.30am – Assemble at Paternoster Square for May Day march From 11.30am, supporters of Occupy London will gather at Paternoster Square, just by the London Stock Exchange and St Paul’s Cathedral, in preparation for then joining the thousands of people coming together for the main May Day March in London. Moving off at around 12.30pm, Occupy London will join the main march as it makes its way to the rally point at Trafalgar Square. More info about the May Day march and rally
2.30pm onwards – Against Workfare Post march, Occupy London supporters plan to support the anti-workfare actions against companies participating in the workfare schemes, which have been called by North and South London Solidarity Federations. More information and map of targets will be at https://www.facebook.com/events/406395462721503/. Strike, march and occupy. See you on May Day.