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Occupy protests keep on growing

Issue No. 2277

There are now at least 15 occupations underway across Britain—in Bath, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Isle of Wight, London Stock Exchange, London Finsbury Square, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Plymouth and Sheffield.

In Edinburgh around 35 tents have been set up in St Andrews Square. The occupiers are planning solidarity action with the 30 November strikes.

The Edinburgh occupiers plan to drive an open top bus around picket lines on the day, delivering soup and hot drinks to strikers.

They are now raising funds to make this happen. Local trade unions are also campaigning to support the occupation financially. Musician Billy Bragg has been invited to play at the site on 13 November.

Occupiers have also been attending meetings with anti-privatisation campaigners in Edinburgh—often receiving enthusiastic applause when they introduce themselves.

In Occupy Glasgow the camp has now been moved to Kelvingrove Park. The new site has floodlights and toilets. Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello used a radio interview to publicise the protest.

Occupiers in Glasgow and Edinburgh have had to brave cold winter weather, at times as low as -3 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile Occupy Nottingham is also going strong, reports William O’Brien. It has recently moved to Market Square and has grown to around 35 tents.

Occupy Sheffield is one of the latest protest camps to emerge, with dozens of activists setting up camp at Sheffield Cathedral last Saturday.

Send reports and photos from your local occupation to reports@socialistworker.co.uk


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