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Hundreds of people joined an impromptu street party in Easton on Monday evening to celebrate the end of Maggie Thatcher.
We understand from first hand accounts, that people who attended the event where there in good spirits and there was no people throwing stuff around or people defecating in people's gardens as reported in the evening post. Furthermore, there was many people from Easton at the party, in fact many were local Easton residents and those who were from outside of Easton were respectful as the party went on.
Then later on the Police turned up to what was a peaceful gathering, with around ten riot vans and then the situation became confrontational. Why did the police turn up to what was a one off event, she isn't going to die again, late at night when most revelers had left. This is asking for trouble, is it any surprise that there was confrontation, as you are approaching a group of people who have been drinking all night, are then faced with a huge police presence. Surely it would have made much more sense for them to have just let the party die out naturally and people would have then left, as the majority of people had then gone as it began to rain. As the party was a peaceful gathering, why the huge police presence, are we seeing further examples of political policing, if this was a celebration of Thatchers life by the local Conservative club would it have been treated in the same way, very unlikely.
People should be allowed to celebrate the passing of what many saw as an extremely damaging individual for the fabric of our society. Lets not forget the people who lives were destroyed during the miners strike, Wapping disputes amongst others, her part in the Hillsborough tragedy, her support of Murdoch and his despicable press, as well as her support for horrific regimes such as Pinochet and Suharto, the lady who took milk off children, spent many new years eves and lunches with Jimmy Saville, the lady who smashed the trade unions by using police for political motives, the deregulation of financial markets that has led us to the issues we have now, the falklands war where many people lost their lives, the privatisation of all national industries, the list goes on.
Margaret Thatcher's legacy will now be rewritten by those in power as she is held up as an hero for this country and unbelievably as a feminist. They will neglect the truth about her actions and the consequences they have had for us the ordinary people of this country and of Chile and Argentina, which is unacceptable. She will also be awarded status and honour at her funeral next week, when all the sycophants line up to pay their respects (Miliband will be there I'm sure). By doing this they will celebrate the smashing of our communities, the attacks on the poor, the murderous Chilean death squads, the Hillsborough deaths, the massive unemployment, the sell off of our utilities, in short they will celebrate the women who destroyed so many peoples lives and has led us to the appalling government that now lords over us.
So yes it was apt to celebrate the passing of the lady who was not for turning, in what would have been a peaceful night if the establishment had stayed at home and watched tv instead.
Date : Sunday 7th April 2013
Whatever your ideological opposition to the British political system, not using the tools that everyone else is using is a bit like trying to organise a demonstration without using 'corporate' social media. Self defeating.
I'm not saying that mass anarchists and insurrectionary anarchists should start standing for parliament. I am saying that we should vote, encourage others to vote, and join a party. In that party, our ideas will also be talked about, tested, amended and adopted by others in a mass working class movement. This alone should be reason enough for any anarchist serious about making revolutionary change.
A Left Unity party is already being set up. In London. By middle class intellectuals, defeated unions, and 'Old Left' political groups. And the Labour Party. At some point a Bristol branch will appear. It will be immediately dominated by old men from the Old Left who will expect the young bucks to do street theatre and get arrested at demos while they write the rules, impose the order, and make the same strategic mistakes they have been making for the last 40 years.
It doesn't have to be this way. Occupy, anti-fascism, direct actions, demonstrations, uprisings, football tournaments, bookfairs, bookshops, social centres, squats – pound for pound, per capita, Bristol anarchists have shown they have nothing to learn from London, or the Old Left, when it comes to organising in the interests of the 99%.Full Article Libcom: Why we should reject Left Unity
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