Monday, June 22, 2015

This Is What Real Protest Looks Like

All Canadians could learn a lot from the Brits:
London, United Kingdom - Activists and trade union leaders have called for a general strike and a mass campaign of civil disobedience to bring down the country's new right-wing government as hundreds of thousands took to the streets of London and other cities to protest against austerity and public service cuts.

Organisers said a quarter of a million people had joined Saturday's march from the Bank of England to the Houses of Parliament, with smaller protests also taking place in Glasgow, Liverpool, and Bristol, and pledged the event was only a beginning.

"We've got to get rid of this government quicker than five years. This government cannot last the full term," Sam Fairbairn, national secretary of the People's Assembly, the anti-austerity campaign group that organised the march, told a rally in Parliament Square.

"Today is just the start of a campaign of protests, of strikes, of direct action and civil disobedience up and down the country. We are going to organise the biggest mass movement this country has ever seen, and it is that mass movement that is going to kick David Cameron out of office."


There is similar anger in Canada over the Harper regime's many abuses of the country's citizens. How can we best mobilize that anger?

2 comments:

  1. Lorne, unfortunately it will be hard to bring down Cameron government as it is recently elected and there is no impeachment provision when it comes to parliament system. However in the case of Harper, Canadians must pay attention and get Harper packing and leave 24 Sussex Drive for good.

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    1. I guess if Canadians can rouse themselves to some righteous anger, LD, they can send Harper packing in October, that is, if they can find the wherewithal to go out and vote. Recent poll turnouts have not been encouraging.

      Your point about the Cameron government is well-taken, but if enough people take it upon themselves to disrupt life through general strikes, etc., that may be enough to stop that particular neocon's worst pending austerity measures.

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