Occupy Movement

Occupy Parliament Square: Messy, Brilliant and In Need of Mummy

James Moran | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Politics
James Moran

Standing in the middle of Parliament Square, I watch the October twilight turn the breath of the Superintendent and the Baroness into steam. In the middle of hundreds of protestors with placards like "People, not banks!", the Green member of the House of Lords Jenny Jones is receiving a Pinteresque line of questioning...

The Trivialisation of Democracy: The View From Parliament Square?

Tom Fielder | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Fielder

Real democracy is messy, like the Houses of Parliament is rocky and uneven; an organic structure in the Gothic style... It should not be made clean, and it should not be made smooth. Winston Churchill, for one, was not afraid of the fight. And neither, one may hope, are #OccupyDemocracy.

#OccupyDemocracy in Parliament Square: Hands Off Our Tarpaulin!

Tom Fielder | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Fielder

At eighteen minutes past six on Sunday evening, as soon as the Sun had set, police closed in to break up a group of peaceful protesters sitting togeth...

There's a Battle Going on for Public Space in London

Matt Hawkins | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

As so often, changes in philosophy are working their way from the ground-up and it is the "leaders" of society that are going to have to adapt and change.

Why Won't Our Universities Fight Their Own Battles?

Lucy Uprichard | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Uprichard

Students across the country, including myself, have engaged in a various means of protesting, including occupying buildings and building road blocks, as a means of objecting to the gradual privatisation of our Higher Education institutions... Rather than negotiate or create a dialogue with their students and staff, the steps taken by university management seemed to be united across the nation: shut down the protests and bring in the police.

Did Russell Brand Really Mean That We Should Govern With Facebook?

Mark Hillary | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

It's been two weeks since Russell Brand was on the BBC Newsnight programme telling Jeremy Paxman that voting is a waste of time. Since then, it feels a little like democracy itself has been drowned in a political cacophony as Brand lovers and haters debate his prediction of revolution in the UK.

Russell Brand Becomes Face Of UK's Anonymous Protest

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Comedian Russell Brand, who appeared at a Huff Post UK event on Monday, last night took his calls for revolution one step further, becoming the face o...

Anonymous Protest Stops Traffic In Trafalgar Square

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK

An Anonymous protest in London on Tuesday evening has led to clashes with the police after thousands took to the streets, many wearing the now infamou...

Big Pay-Off For Police Officer Caught Pepper-Spraying Peaceful Protesters

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The notorious police officer who pepper-sprayed peaceful student protesters from just several feet away has been awarded £25,000. The now iconic i...

Riotous Activism: How Comedians Are Helping Change the World

Sadaf Fahim | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Comedy
Sadaf Fahim

The best comedy is usually an act of extraordinary bravery. When a standup comic gets up in front of a crowd, armed with nothing but a microphone, they're already doing something many of us would be afraid to do. But the truly great comics, the ones who leave their audiences changed in some way, they show their bravery in their material.

Economic Justice Is An Inevitability

Liam McLaughlin | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Politics
Liam McLaughlin

Today the issue of economic justice is among the most polarizing and provocative we have. Watching the arguments for and against is often like bloodsport. Is the level of inequality an accurate measure of a country's success? Are bankers or socialists the enemy?

A Millenial Rallying Cry...

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Politics
Vivi Friedgut

Nothing can be more dangerous to an already anxious generation than to sink into a hole of depression. I am tired of reading disheartening articles about how younger generations are already failed and without a future. How we are doomed to despair, how older generations have given up on us as a hopeless case. All this negativity, it's no wonder we are starting to believe it.

'Tweets Is Watchin'

Yassin Alsalman | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Tech
Yassin Alsalman

Facebook and twitter came at a pivotal time in history. The chicken or the egg theory can be applied here in asking: Did twitter and facebook help revolutions grow, or did they help track people involved in uprisings? (In both the case of the Arab uprisings and the Occupy movement.) I would say both.

2012: Another Year of Apathy in the UK

Justin Cash | Posted 22.02.2013 | UK Politics
Justin Cash

2012 has certainly been an eventful year. For many in Britain, sporting glory will be the enduring memory of all that has passed. For others, it will be the spectacle of the Royal family, through times of both celebration and of controversy. For me, however, it is the continued apathy of the British population towards politics that has defined 2012.

Jessica Elgot

Meet Diana Carney, Left-Wing Thinker, Eco-Devotee, Occupy Enthusiast

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK

The British wife of the new governor of the Bank of England is also well acquainted with the "green stuff" - she's an environmental activist with an i...

UK Uncut To Target Starbucks Over Spending Cuts Affecting Women

PA | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

An activists' group is to target Starbucks coffee shops next month as part of a campaign to highlight how the Government's spending cuts are affecting...

Occupy This: One Year on From St Pauls

Andrew Smith | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

The form of the protest was always unsustainable, and a movement that seeks to represent 99% of people will always have its work cut out if it has already alienated 80%. The reality is that even when compared to other left wing movements the numbers were miniscule.

Occupy Protesters Chained To Pulpit In St Paul's Cathedral

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK

Four women from the Occupy movement chained themselves to the pulpit in London's St Paul's Cathedral during evensong. The women, dressed in white, ...

Has Occupy Had an Impact?

Luke Martell | Posted 23.11.2012 | UK Politics
Luke Martell

Inequality, specifically between the very richest and the rest, is widely known about and accepted as an issue. We didn't used to talk about this that much. We do now. Occupy did that.

Squatters Shown The Door By New Law

PA | Posted 31.08.2012 | UK

Squatters will face up to six months in prison and so-called squatters' rights scrapped as it becomes a criminal offence in England and Wales tomorrow...

School of Roccupy: Uniting Rockstars, High School Youth, and Occupy Wall Street

Adam Jung | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK Politics
Adam Jung

Activists involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement are working with a record label set up to support the movement to launch a high profile community outreach project. The School of Roccupy is a collaboration between Occupation Records and Occupy activists that aims to creatively engage high school students with the processes and idealism of Occupy Wall Street.

Here We Go Again: Protesters Occupy London Square

PA | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK

Anti-capitalist protesters said they had "fulfilled" a goal when they moved into Paternoster Square, home to the London Stock Exchange, on tuesday eve...

Naked Maids Service In Trouble With Police

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 11.04.2012 | UK

A controversial new housekeeping service in the conservative depths of Texas has caught the attention of local police, despite its insistence that it ...

The Faces of Occupy: Annie

Paul Davey | Posted 19.05.2012 | Home
Paul Davey

Why should Occupy be different to any other organisation where mixed agendas struggle to get to the top of the pile? There are people who through sheer force of personality will have a stronger voice, a winning argument. Occupy is no different from the real world.

The Faces of Occupy: Mark I

Paul Davey | Posted 15.05.2012 | Home
Paul Davey

When I first started visiting the Occupy London camps at St Paul's and Finsbury Square, what struck me most were the mixed messages. The camps are not short of creative people who come up with dozens of different slogans. But therein lies the problem for me.