Saturday, 28 February 2015

A Lamb For The Slaughter And Grandmothers Are Included

Oxford Street here in London’s very busy shopping West End, provided me yesterday evening with why standing up and actively fighting for housing is so important.

The person that I'm thinking about in this post, I came across last night and who one does not expect, to find sleeping rough on one of Europe's most polluted streets, with the highest levels of toxic air in the world, but which never stops those who remain as keen as mustard, to take the risk and risk all the toxic, to off load or unload themselves of hard earned earnings in these robbing shops and restaurants.

What can I say, it’s hard to say...But last night, I came across hidden in between two shops, covered with a sleeping bag and sat on a fold-up-chair, was this lovely looking old lady, she reminded instantly of my own grandmother, she must have been in her early eighties, sitting with all her worldly possessions as a young office worker stopped on her way home to talk with the old lady. My mate spoke to the lady as well asking her if she was keeping safe and well. She was very shy and retiring and I think she just wanted to be left alone.

On our way home we discussed the situation, a senior citizen, who could be someone's grandmother? She may even be the grandmother to many and yet still sleeping rough on Oxford Street?

I am not making this up, I was witness to this last night and words do fail me, I have none as this is horrific to even think of in this so-called modern day and age, proof if any were needed that our welfare system, the provision of caring and looking after the welfare of the young, old and sick, has been butchered like meat for the market.

Why should anyone be a lamb for the slaughter, and yes young friends who read this, even grandmothers...

Thursday, 26 February 2015

What the Qataris own in Britain who are evicting the Love Activists London from 11 Conduit Street W1

Qatar Airways bought a 10% stake in the parent company of British Airways.

The move cemented a close commercial relationship between BA and the airline, whose owner, the Qatari government, is a significant investor in Britain.

The state’s investment fund owns Harrods, the Shard skyscraper in central London and stakes in Sainsbury’s, Barclays bank and Heathrow. The airline’s chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, already sits on the board of Heathrow where Qatar owns a 20% stake.

“Qatar Airways’ treatment of its workforce is cause for serious concern, and is currently subject to a formal complaint to the UN’s international labour organisation.

Qatar Airways owns 11 Conduit Street, the 5 story building in upper-class, posh Mayfair and has now reached new heights, by gaining an IPO to evict the Love Activists London from this property that has stood empty for all of 4 years, we continue to resist any eviction, and may picket their other business.

What the Qataris own in Britain who are evicting the Love Activists London from 11 Conduit Street W1

• HSBC Tower, the bank’s global headquarters in Canary Wharf
• The Shard on the south bank of the Thames (95%)
• Harrods, bought in 2010 for a reported £1.5bn
• The Olympic Village in east London
• Numbers 1-3 Cornwall Terrace, Regent’s Park – denied planning permission to be turned into a £200m single home
• A 50% stake in the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank
• Half of One Hyde Park, the world’s most expensive apartment block
• The former US embassy building in Grosvenor Square
• The site of Chelsea Barracks in west London, being turned into a luxury housing estate
• 20% slice of Camden market
• Stakes in Barclays, Sainsbury’s, the London Stock Exchange and Heathrow
• And coming soon: Canary Wharf, after the controlling group capitulated and recommended a £2.6bn bid to shareholders

Holding on to 11 Conduit Street in rich Mayfair

Morning comrades and friends all...

We are still in occupation and hold onto 11 Conduit Street, the former head office of Olympic Airways sold off as part of the austerity package imposed on the Greek people and now the building owned by Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-19th century and now an absolute monarchy with a very bad human rights record and According to Human Rights Watch in June 2012 hundreds of thousands of mostly South Asian migrant workers in construction in Qatar risk serious exploitation and abuse, sometimes amounting to forced labour.

We cracked the building and 14 others during course of the last 4 months as part of a campaign to highlight the mounting housing crisis now engulfing our country particularly in London.

This is day 2 of our defence, in defiance of our occupation and disobedience of a court imposed IPO, resistance and refusal to vacate on our part and as housing activists is part of the overall protest.

We are on lock-down and the fortifications, the barricades are in place, 16 Love Activists London and supports stand together whilst others hold onto two other buildings in rich Mayfair, our numbers are growing as more activists join our ranks from around the country, we are all in it for the long haul.

More from me latter comrades and do have a great day, but if you can make every day count in the class war!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Another day one eviction delayed and one eviction pending

The start of another week brings with it and yet sadly more evictions pending in that old pipeline... But first lets start with some good news for a change, the appeal for resistance and active assistance that I made late last night in regard to a specified illegal eviction in Kilburn of Mother and her young boy-son and where the local council failed and did not follow procedure, has been called off, thank the Gods for that. The council has deferred and postponed this abominable act until Friday.

This single Mother has been able to win four more days, not much I know, but a start has been made after discussions with both the council and bailiffs were held and breathing space won, albeit for a short time we can still prevent this eviction altogether, if enough of us turn up on Friday.

I will keep everyone posted on any developments in regard to this case, in the meantime a big thank you to everyone who bothered to turn up this morning and at very short notice.

Interim Possession Order Made Against Mayfair Occupation

The Love Activists London who have been actively occupying buildings in London’s West End since last year as a protest against rising homelessness and gentrification and who currently hold 11 Conduit Street in posh Mayfair, have been served or rather we are waiting to be served with an IPO, that will in effect give us 24 hours to obey the order or we may be arrested and on conviction sent to prison and/or fined. This follows a 15 minute court hearing this morning in the County Court at Central London, this order was made by a presiding officer who said that he could not deal with our arguments because they were political, even when he was reminded that the law he was implementing were also political that favoured one class, the rich as against the poor the working classes.

The last line of resistance will now be taken, we will put into action our fortifications, the barricades and the lock-down will start from when the 24 hours runs out, the line has been drawn in front of this building, and as I close this post a height court bailiff has served the IPO on us, we have until 3 pm tomorrow.

Waiting for the Bailiffs and TSG

Most of the residents here in mega-rich Mayfair are well, as you would expect... The mega-rich, except of course, the occupying cure and crew here to relieve and if nothing else, exposing that disease which is really best described as excessive greed.

The Love Activists London and others who have travelled around together (squatting) in harmony for some time now, have taken their 13th and 14th building yesterday, all a part in exposing the many empty buildings that stand idly uninhabited in rich parts of London, bare of laughing and happy children at play, bare of families in the homes that provide the stability you would expect to find in a civilised and sane society.

This is no sane society and last night this was very much confirmed to me, when I counted 28 people sleeping rough just up the road from us and around Berkeley Square alone, a residence in Berkeley Square is highly sought after apparently, and residences do not come up on the market very often. The limited supply and great demand has created a market where a residence in Berkeley Square commands higher prices on the property market than similar residences in equivalently affluent neighbourhoods, any wonder then, that Mayfair is the top sought after location on the Monopoly Board originally produced by Waddingtons.

Conduit Street

We still await the bailiffs, the clock is ticking and the IPO comes into force at 3 pm this afternoon, they can come any-time after that but I think it could be early morning, as the bailiffs don’t work after 5 pm, we will see and I will keep you all updated as and when things start to take off.

In addition yesterday two of the Love Activists London faced court proceedings following the ‪#‎EvictTheBailiffs‬ protest this month. One activist has had his case adjourned until June, after pleading not guilty to allegations of assaulting a police officer.

The other, who represented himself, was sentenced to 8 weeks in prison after he pleaded guilty to his charge. Our crew has temporarily lost a valuable member, who will be hugely missed during their holiday.

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