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Bash the rich? In yer dreams maybe...

imc-er | 03.11.2007 19:22 | London

Another classic piece of Class War action took place today, whereby 70 or 80 gathered, waved flags and looked menacing - only to be shepherded around the streets of Notting Hill at the whim of the cops.

Not even the proper toff bit of Notting Hill either. The enforced procession crossed Ladbroke Grove and was led to to - as one pissed yuppie explained to me - the "former home" of David Cameron. Citizen Dave, according to this local resident put up the For Sale signs shortly after hitting the big time - his new neighbours include eighties chanteuse Annie Lennox.

Locals go about their business...
Locals go about their business...

Police easy target
Police easy target

Dragged to crowd
Dragged to crowd

Mixed reaction from bystanders
Mixed reaction from bystanders

Woman dragged out and knocked down
Woman dragged out and knocked down

and carried to the van
and carried to the van

Police jam up Ladbroke Grove
Police jam up Ladbroke Grove

Detained by police...
Detained by police...

..then given a hard time "out of sight".
..then given a hard time "out of sight".

That's not to say it was an error by Class War.

Frankly they had no say in where they went, being outnumbered a least five to one.

Police took advantage of the gloomy deserted streets to behave as you'd expect. Enforcing a policy of forcing suspected sympathisers into the demonstration they targeted a man with a broken arm, twisting it until he fell screaming to the ground. Using they ensuing crowd reaction ("scum, scum") as an excuse they violently arrested two women at the kettle in Oxford Gardens.

On the slow laborious return to Meanwhile Gardens 4 or 5 others were snatched on various charges. Photography and video of arrests was blocked at every opportunity - in one picture in this report a man is arrested, then a police minivan is driven between me and the victim to prevent me filming. However it is clearly visible through the windows that he is now being treated in a way that causes considerable pain.

Police behaved very badly, but perhaps it's not surprising that they'd defend the establishment vigorously against an action, the object of which was billed as: “old etonian heads on spikes!"

In yer dreams? Well dream on how this might have turned out on the other side of the channel.



touch of class

03.11.2007 23:30

We set out to march - and march we did. While we never got to Cameron's house, frankly we never expected to. What did we expect from the police? Not what we got! At first it didn't seem likely there'd be a march at all, which, with the imbalance of class forces, was a distinct possibility. Although the march wasn't as we wanted or might have expected, it's not as though we're bloody newcomers to heavy policing - some of us do go to the football, you know! But this was never intended as an end - as anyone who'd read what we wrote about it in the latest issue of Class War would have known. This is the beginning of a campaign, and knockers and begrudgers are what long experience of the British anarchist movement has taught us to expect.

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04.11.2007 12:12

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Bash the Rich: Away from the main march.

05.11.2007 03:28

As people gathered on Portobello Road on Saturday afternoon the police made a beeline for the more conspicuous protesters, and around 10 of us were chased through Notting Hill by overzealous FIT on foot as well as a riot van. Eventually the group was surrounded in a local pub but the cops were too busy harassing anyone attempting to leave the main entrance to notice everybody slipping out of a side door.

After managing to lose the police entourage the group made it's way out of the cop-infested Portobello Market area, after some discussion the decision was made to hang a Class War banner at Buckingham Palace during the changing of the guard.

Unfortunately the time spent avoiding cops whilst crossing town meant that the monarchistic ritual was over by the time we arrived, but there was still opportunity to hang our 'No War but the Class War' banner on the Victoria Monument facing the palace and serenade the Royal Household with chants of 'You Rich Bastards' for half an hour before riot vans showed up.

Dodging London's Finest again the group headed over to the toffs playground, Mayfair, where we left our banner tied to the scaffolding facing the 5-star Dorchester Hotel before swapping numbers and heading our separate ways.

Considering the cops' concerted efforts to keep us away from their paymasters, making our presence felt at two of London's capitalist landmarks without being stopped was perhaps more than we could have expected, all in all a successful day.



Display the following 29 comments

  1. well what did you expect? — unsurprised
  2. fair enough — pete
  3. Losers — BlueRedBlue
  4. kick ass pics — they're all revolting!
  5. dissent... — D Centaur
  6. Bollox — Chris Strafford
  7. Get real! — rollins
  8. Not fools — A. Coppe
  9. Dear Chris Strafford — our streets
  10. Bit of perspective please! — Tacks
  11. Guerrilla Warfare — Digger
  12. Punks — rollins
  13. Rollins — Calaker
  14. A comment from a working class marcher who isn't a punk. — Smart Monkey
  15. The rich aren't the problem! — Neon Black
  16. Pathetic — Werther de Goethe
  17. Internet Warriors? — Devrim Valerian
  18. To 'Neon Black' - (The Rich ARE the problem) — Tacks
  19. Class war is not about spectacle — Emma Goldman
  20. A Stone's Throw? — Anon
  21. Bollocks Devrim — Fuck Left Communism
  22. Amdo — passer by
  23. Dissapointed... — LB
  24. CIRCA — Zoe T
  25. we are all working class — we are all working class
  26. Lay Off The Punks — DonB.
  27. Lay Off The Punks (2) — DonB.
  28. Johnny rotten and all that... — rollins
  29. to 'we are all working class' — Tacks