Global Justice Rebellion statement on Vauxhall Gardens eviction (1/2)
The Met have finally decided to clear us out of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. This was only to be expected, as any time the powerful are called out for their actions, they will inevitably use the instruments of state violence to suppress it.
It I'd hardly a surprise that this started on the night after we began protesting the banks - the engine houses fuelling and accelerating climate catastrophe.
Many XR protestors will have been rightfully outraged by the actions of the Metropolitan Police over the last 10 days. Whether the preemptive seizure of equipment, including access equipment for our disabled friends.
Yet we realise that these are the kinds of actions, often far worse, that are inflicted upon vulnerable communities every day. People were shocked at the police turfing families from Trafalgar Square at night. UK immigration raids have been doing this for years.
Global Justice Rebellion statement on Vauxhall Gardens eviction (2/2)
It does not matter if individual police officers are sympathetic to Extinction Rebellion's cause. When the order comes to protect the centres of power and capital, that is what they will have to do. That is why the police, as an institution, exists.
One thing is certain, however. We saw an incredible space emerge, on the streets, in the tents and here online, over the past few days, for listening, sharing, learning and protesting.
We can see that there is a real desire for these conversations to take place, both from within Extinction Rebellion and beyond, to build a movement of solidarity that is based on internationalism, intersectionality, and justice.
In one form or another these conversations will continue. Even if the big marquee is no longer there, we know that the space it created will not die any time soon.
Love, strength and solidarity
@FrontGreen every camp they shut down more and more people turn against the pigs. I saw it all last week when I was there daily. people think the pigs are their friends, but realising they're now on the other side of 'protect and serve' has woken a lot of them up
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