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Occupy – where next?

Police in London this week closed the Occupy London camp at St Paul’s Cathedral. Occupy London, the group which organised the camp outside London’s famous cathedral, said it had been campaigning against corporate greed. In Spain I have witnessed similar camps, the 15-M movement in Madrid, and similar camps that were set up in Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona, amongst others. Other cities around the world have been inspired by events in Madrid and have also seen camps spring up, be declared illegal, closed down, spring up again, but never really go away.

And now we wait. When will the occupy groups move again? It is a line drawn between two sides. On the one side are the bankers who have grown rich, and as most people in their situations would do, want to protect their wealth, and if possible, see it grow. On the other side are those who claim to have been affected by the growing gap between rich and poor, and what many perceive as undeserved and unfair golden bonuses paid to the bosses of banks that in many cases have needed multi-million pound bailouts from Governments. In the middle, as always, are the middle classes, who it seems are always punished by higher taxes, because governments know that they will not take to the streets like the working classes, and do not posses the political power that the upper classes have. The middle classes are those that are not represented by the protesters because they have a job, neither do they back the banks or the politicians who they say always punish them.

As unemployment rises, as the economy continues to crack more than an antarctic ice shelf, and as neither of the two principal sides appears ready to back down, it appears a case of not if, but where and when the next occupy camp will spring up? And as more people lose their job, and as the middle classes become increasingly resentful of higher taxes, which side will they take? Banking bosses may wish to look back to the first quarter of the twentieth century and the number of established royal houses that collapsed, if they believe that they are too big to crumble.

London’s Mayor Boris Johnson said that the businesses in the area could flourish without the Occupy London group camped outside St Paul’s. They will no doubt flourish, now that the camp has gone. The campers however remain without a job, and with little hope, along with the millions of unemployed across Europe and the USA. But with a voice that may grow in size, strength and power unless it is listened to, the occupy groups may become much more than just a nuisance to local businesses.

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March 2, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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