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democracy village

I’ve been traveling the United Kingdom for the past week, from Edinburgh to London — visiting some universities as well as engaging in more touristy things.

Today, while traipsing through the heart of London, between Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, I ran into the “democracy village” protest: a small tent city smack on parliament square.   I guess the protest was started three+ weeks ago, on May 1st, and the hope is to carry the effort into perpetuity.  The protest represents an amalgamation, a motley crew really, of various causes — the green movement, land rights advocates, communists, anarchists and so forth.  Overall, war protest appears to be the central thread that holds the effort together.  The protesters have even managed to plant a communal garden right there on parliament square.  (I’ll perhaps post some pictures later.)

Here’s the web site of Democracy Village.  Here’s a short video by the Guardian, and a short article.

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Written by teppo

May 24, 2010 at 11:12 pm

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  1. I like the footnote about Brian Haw not being impressed by the new tenants. Maybe he’ll do a NIMBY protest against Democracy Village.

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    Naadir Jeewa

    May 25, 2010 at 12:11 am

  2. Right — Haw has been there at parliament square for almost 10 years, an institution.

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    tf

    May 25, 2010 at 8:50 am


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