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In Pictures: 'Creative' Hong Kong Democracy Occupiers Reconvene to 'Watch TV Billboard'

Tom Grundy | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK
Tom Grundy

A day after one of Hong Kong's three pro-democracy protest camps was cleared by police and bailiffs, hundreds of pro-democracy activists returned to Mong Kok's main shopping thoroughfare on Thursday evening. Instead of erecting tents, activists convened to collectively watch movie trailers and adverts on a cinema billboard.

In Pictures: 80+ Arrests, Pepper Spray and Scuffles As Occupy Clear Outs Begin in Hong Kong

Tom Grundy | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Tom Grundy

At least 80 people were arrested, according to police, as part of one of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protest camps was cleared on Tuesday. Bailiffs were on site to enforce a court order to clear obstructions from a relatively small part of the encampment on the Kowloon Peninsula. Most of the clearance was performed by an agency with bailiffs and police on hand to assist.

In Pictures: Hong Kong Democracy Activists Protest at the British Consulate

Tom Grundy | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Tom Grundy

Dozens of protesters gathered at the British consulate in Hong Kong on Friday demanding that Britain does more to prevent China influencing elections in the city.

Occupy Protesters Spend Night Outside Supreme Court

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK

Protesters who spent the night near Parliament Square today said they planned to remain outside the Supreme Court until Sunday evening. Around 30 prot...

Occupy Converge On Central London To Set Up Camp Outside Westminster

PA | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK

Pro-democracy protesters descended on central London tonight as the Occupy movement gathered to set up camp outside Parliament. Organisers called for ...

Trickle Down Is a Myth, What We Are Seeing Is an Upward Torrent

Dan Holden | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Holden

The idea of trickle-down economics, the zeitgeist of monetarism and the bug-bear of the left is dead as an idea. It's nonsensical and it never worked.

'Kim Jong-Un' Pays a Visit to Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement Camp

Tom Grundy | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK
Tom Grundy

The main Umbrella Movement 'Occupy' site in Hong Kong received an unusual visitor, on Friday, in the form of a Kim Jong-Un impersonator.

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.

How It Feels To Be Worth Less

Mik Scarlet | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

Our labour is worth just the same as anyone else's. Don't let society carve into to stone what we know to be wrong by allowing this opinion to go unchallenged...

#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...

Hong Kong's Mong Kok 'Occupy' Camp Shrinks After Police Clearout

Tom Grundy | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK
Tom Grundy

Hundreds of police officers, many in riot gear, swooped into Hong Kong's Mong Kok Occupy encampment in the early hours of this morning. Police and street cleaners removed barricades and tents, leaving pro-democracy protesters restricted a smaller area of Nathan Rd in Kowloon, occupying the southbound side only.

We're Not Apathetic: Telling Us We Are Is Undermining Democracy

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

We're not interested in winding back the clock. We don't see the world as an epic struggle between capital and labour. And we don't have all the answers. Yet. What we do see is people being disempowered. And not just by the government. What marks out the political discourse of my generation is that we have organised against any power which negatively impacts our lives.

Inside the Occupation: University of Sheffield

Lauren Archer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren Archer

It was 6am when the lights came on and Rage Against the Machine started playing through the speakers in the University of Sheffield's Richard Roberts lecture hall. About 50 students from across Sheffield, including activists from the Autonomous Students Network, the Living Wage Campaign, the Revolutionary Socialists Society and others occupied the building at 7pm on Wednesday October 30, the night before the planned staff strikes...

It Makes More Sense to Just Burn Down the Banks

Adam Jung | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Politics
Adam Jung

I'm not advocating taking a torch to your local bank branch in California, but if you're going to face thirteen years for drawing with chalk, objectively, it makes more since to make sure the building is empty of people and just burn the bank down. That, more than anything, should show the absurdity of the charges these activists are facing and the creeping authoritarianism of the state.

Student Protest Should Not Be Written Off

James Evans | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
James Evans

Over the last few months we've seen a significant rise in student activism at British universities. Prompted by the anti-privatisation 'Occupy Sussex' protest, students around the country have sought to influence the managers of their institutions in increasingly visible ways.

The New Turkish Republic

Jody Sabral | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jody Sabral

These are interesting times in Turkey, times in which an open conversation, although often unforgiving, is taking place between factions who have long disliked each other, politically speaking.

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?

Why I Support Making 'Ding Dong, the Witch Is Dead' Number One This Week

Adam Jung | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Politics
Adam Jung

Making Ding Dong number one in the UK charts may seem childish, sure. But it also helps combat the revisionist narrative played across UK media. And it follows in proper punk tradition. It's a small, creative way to force the media to acknowledge Britons dislike for policies that have crushed the country.

Students Mustn't Fear Civil Disobedience

Megan Sherman | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Sherman

This isn't simply about the 235 Sussex staff losing their jobs, but the insidious, unaccountable nature of political decision making about universities. Pause to think for a moment how the flagship Tory mantra "There Is No Alternative" specifically discourages debate about the absent merits of their radical restructuring programme.

'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.

The Grillo Threat: Why We Should All Worry About 'Liberal Populism'

William Brett | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Politics
William Brett

While there are good reasons for liberal populists to be disillusioned, the solution is not to abandon representative democracy but to reinforce it. The liberal populism of Grillo and his ilk must be confronted before it's too late.

With Occupy Sandy Relief, Occupy Wall Street Becomes a Movement

Adam Jung | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics
Adam Jung

Almost fifteen months later, with Occupy Sandy, we see dramatic achievements daily, communities empowering themselves, and a truly organic movement becoming more decentralized, more efficient, more focused, and receiving praise from some very unlikely corners.

Perhaps Francis Fukuyama Was Correct About Capitalism in 1989

Carl Packman | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Politics
Carl Packman

Capitalism has won. Socialism is dead.

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.