They say cut back we say fight back!

Tagged as: capitalism credit_crunch crisis cuts deficit protest
Neighbourhoods: downing_street holborn lincolns_inn_fields malet_street trafalger_quare ulu westminster whitehall
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On the day the cuts were announced, about 5000 people took to the street to protest against paying for the capitalist crisis, but is this enough? A few days after the Haringey Anti Cuts March people were proposing Downing Street to make the people pay who caused the crisis, and students went ahead to set up an education camp. Check our Cuts Wire to keep informed...

There is more to come: Michael Albert will talk on Radical Ideas for Revolutionary Action on the 22nd, Radical Workers Block has been announced for the march on Saturday 23rd, at 11am well timed to get a bit of protesting done before heading down to the Anarchist Bookfair, Mad Pride is happening on the 26th and a conference on Women at the Cutting Edge on the 30th. The students will be back on the streets on the 10th November.

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The light at the end of the tunnel? Or a speedy train coming to obliterate the meager social services?

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A first march started at the University of London, protesting against cuts in education and met up with Camden Traders at Lincoln's Inn Fields. Together they continued down to Downing Street to join the rally there.

 

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Pretty dismal

I would have said that there was about 2500-3000 people there tonight which is pretty crap for the announcement of the biggest and long-term total fucking of the poor and some of the middle classes for 50 years. I guess people just aren't very fired up and just feel resigned to having to ride it out. Despite a slew of Leftist appeals to resist and fightback (mainly made by union bods and SWP hacks who have spent the last 30 years derailing any militant action they can't control or recruit from), the mood of the crowd was pretty dismal, clapping the speeches and nodding. It wasn't exactly France or Spain or Greece, despite several speakers commenting on how we should resist they way people are in those countries. In fact it was as far removed from the way people conceive and enact struggles in those countries as could be believed. Considering how miserable most people's lives are going to be over the next 10 years, you'd think there would be a spark or some sense of public anger as cabinet members, 17 out of 23 who are millionaires, make decision about where to cut welfare, education, NHS, housing, and so on. We could not be living in more stark times. Are they really going to get away with this or will we finally just say NO. People keep telling me 'Oh somethings gonna happen, something gonna happen at some point, it has too!'. But when is something gonna happen - if we play a waiting game of waiting for the cuts to kick in, then we are just acting purely defensively and not choosing when, where and how to fight.
For anyone over 30, the Coalition of Resistance feels like a timewarp back to 80's with calls for a Right To Work and to 'Kick The Tories Out' as if Labour's long reign of neo-liberalism was not the seed bed for what's being pushed ahead with now by the Con-Dems. The problem is not the cuts, or the Tories or the Lib-Dems. The problem remains capitalism. The problem remains how do we create a movement that offers something genuinely anti-capitalist, based in local communities and not tied into a default of dull Central London demos, Right To Work stunts and party building. Something that is able to resist in our communities, to create alternatives and change social relationships in the here and now as a challenge to capitalism. The Anti-Capitalist movement of the late 1990's across Europe and America has not been able to maintain a useful theory and practice of resistance and has ended-up as a series of small-scale activist scenes and actions sadly of very little consequence to most people who are at the sharp end of the capitalism's renewed class war against us. But at the time, it was refreshing and inspiring to finally make the case against capitalism. That seems something we have to take up again and learn from such as how it was organised and what were the new strategies it came up with for resistance. We can't leave this current round of struggles and resistance in the organising hands of these tired old SWP hacks, reformist union leaders and highly dubious political other hacks, pouring out rabble rousing cliches about how 'we' brought down Thatcher with the Poll Tax. Did we? And then what happened? We got the Council Tax and later, the New Labour nightmare where the divide between rich and poor grew bigger than it has even been under the Tories. Sure, the Poll Tax was defeated from organised mass community resistance but this was often despite the front groups of the Left at the time who were always quick to try and take credit for the popular resistance and who offered to grass up Poll Tax rioters to the police so scared they were that the riots might discredit the non-payment. Some chance of that!
Out with them all. It's up to us to learn quickly from the French (maybe)or from the struggles in Argentina in 2001 or Bolivia and just say NO. Saying No means to innovate and use new tactics that work at the level of blocking the economy, of taking direct action and of trusting ourselves to act through consensus and assembly-decision making. The economy is very vulnerable at all it's distribution points, as can be seen by the fuel blockades in France. We need to relearn our own history of mass pickets and shutting down sectors of the economy. Marching from A to B again and again has no effect on government policy. One million people marched against the War and it made not one fucking difference. Time to act differently. Time to be a bit more militant and take the resistance to where they don't want, at the point of production and where the profits are.
These are where we could be putting our energies and these are some of the arguments and actions we could put into place.

Some other anti-cuts reports from london and uk

Coalition Against Austerity Cuts, Downing Street, London - Pictures (Terence Bunch)
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/10/466431.html

Vince Cable office reception occupied - SOAS students
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/10/466397.html?c=on#comments

Bristol Rally Against Cuts: IMC Bristol Feature:
http://bristol.indymedia.org/article/695687

Photos - Oct 20th - Lancaster protest against the cuts!
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/10/466427.html
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/10/466412.html

Oxford Citizens Protest Cuts on Carfax Tower
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/10/466367.html

Unemployment Movement

Have to totally agree with you Pete!

"It's up to us to learn quickly from the French (maybe)or from the struggles in Argentina in 2001 or Bolivia and just say NO. Saying No means to innovate and use new tactics that work at the level of blocking the economy, of taking direct action and of trusting ourselves to act through consensus and assembly-decision making."

Alot of that new thinking came from the unemployment movement, especially in Argentina and now ask those that are unemployed to consider such a movement in the UK;
http://unemploymentmovement.com

dubstep

dubstep, i hate the stuff, but it gets local kids out, organise a street demo in camden or elephant, or brixton or hackney, a load of dub step on a 12 volt, put out a load of flyers aimed at local kids, and get the party started.

The seige of many cuts

You make great sense, Pete. I don't advocate violence, though, but I suppose anyone and everyone has the right to down tools, or engage in a go-slow, become slipshod or whatever to put some anti-cut gremlins in the works. There's a need to reflect back on Britain's medieval history for clues as to how to protest the cuts. Watt Tyler comes to mind, he and his many followers totally resenting a poll-tax imposed on them by Richard 11, poll basically another word for "per", a tax per person, then, on every person at that time above the age of fifteen.

The medieval resentment of this tax per person resulted in absolute mayhem, organised and unorganised, sheer pandemonium. It's too complex to elaborate this Peasants' Revolt episode, but, seemingly, the peasants gained in some ways from protesting. Modern-day production can be likened to a huge beehive, all the worker-bees being crucially essential to the queen bee's well-being. No worker bees, no honey! Wycliffe sort of revolted, too, birating the money-mad ecclesiasts, those of the clergy whose vows to serving the Church became sort of secondary to amassing wealth by falsely gaining such wealth under the pretext of it being given to God, so to speak. John Ball was at the same time supportive of Wycliffe's biration, but he in a much more vehement way than Wycliffe. But, currently, and futuristically, what's going to happen re all these cuts? Plenty of hardship, that's for sure, and for years to come. I don't rate marches for barely any reason/s of protest, nor writing letters to politicians, nor all the high-blown TV forums, or their ilk. But, to refuse to work, engage in a go-slow, strike, true determination to hold out is a definate must. Such protesters could be put under seige by the goverment. Seige in the sense of who caves in first, the goverment or the protesters? In wars long past, beseiged opponents eventually caved in to the beseiging army, the beseiged starved into submission, sometimes quickly but often agonisingly slowly. Clearly, one should never, never allow oneself to become under seige.

Unless strikers, go-slow workers or slap-dash resentful workers could hold out with the masses backing them, such types of protesters could quite easily become vanquished by goverment strength.

Revolution NOW!

I agree with you Pete, I keep trailing the internet to find that there will be a huge anti govt, rich - poor divide protest, so far I've seen a Union's 'workers' protest but nothing for those of us on the scrapheap already!!

Almost a month ago I had my incapacity benefit removed, I was also told I can't get income support... ultimately they've left me with ZERO, NOTHING, NOUGHT, whatever word covers the fact that I've been left with NO money at all!!!!

I'm ready to rise up with everyone else who's had enough of the rich govt telling those of us with nothing (or very little) that we need to basically suck it up!!

I get a tingle everytime I see the movie 'V', especially the last scene, lol!

late addition: video of anti cuts demo

Coalition of Resistance Protest
by Jason N. Parkinson
http://vimeo.com/16064813