firstname.lastname@example.org (indy!) | 18.10.2010 11:57 | London
All I remember
At 10 in the morning different groups started to gather in different train stations in London. In Victoria station there were between one and two hundred people at half past ten, when the group started to make its way to the District Lane. After long delays on the tube system, the group finally got the train at Tower Gateway station to get to Stanford-Le-Hope. People carried sound systems inside suitcases.
Another group got the train at Fenchurch station. The police were waiting for this group on the platform that the march was getting into - as if they knew what train the march was going to take .
In all groups, bust cards, maps, general information, masks and props were distributed among the passengers.
At Tower Gateway, police were overheard that they were considering searching every one on the train and not allowing the group to travel . Finally, with a delay of ten minutes, the train was allowed to leave the station, at about the same time as the first group arrived at the oil refinery access road, quickly establishing the first blockade with twelve tripods and about fifty people with their arms linked up. When the other groups converged at this blockad, there were a good few hundred people. There were twelve police vans but by half past two ten of them had left this point of the blockade.
At quarter to three it was announced that all the other entrances to the refinery had been blocked, leaving its tanks unable to be restocked during the hours the blockade lasted.
It was also announced that the local people were very supportive of this action.
Chalk had also been distributed in the trains for people to draw their messages and art. One poem read:
"There is pleasure in the pathless woods; there is a rapture on the lonely shore; there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar. I love not man the less but nature more"
Original article on IMC London: http://london.indymedia.org/articles/5726