A new chapter is beginning – the Global Spring.
As the Government today announces a tax cut for the one per cent, social and economic justice campaigners in London have occupied a new site – Occupy Limehouse in Tower Hamlets – in preparation for Occupy London’s next big event: Occupy May. The new site was taken in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street as it marked its six month anniversary a few days ago by retaking Zuccotti Park.
In the shadow of Canary Wharf - at corner of Branch Road and Horseferry Road (E14) - set along the path of workers from the local financial services industry, Occupy Limehouse has been chosen as an ideal location from which to carry on the Occupy movement’s critique of global capital. It is the first of a number of new autonomous tented sites expected to pop up around the capital in the coming months, in addition to Occupy London’s existing site at Finsbury Square – in operation since 22 October 2011.
“As the temperature rises and the seasons are renewed, this is the next step in reclaiming our capital from corruption,” commented Anthony Clinton, local resident of Limehouse and an Occupy London supporter.
“Our new location in Limehouse, still in the initial stages of development, promises to take the movement’s message to a whole new audience over the coming months as Occupy begins to reclaim the commons. Workers have already been stopping to chat and to congratulate protestors on their continued occupation of the city.”
Occupy Limehouse is located in Tower Hamlets, one of the poorest boroughs in London with some of the highest levels of overcrowding in the capital. Thanks to the politics of austerity, it is boroughs like Tower Hamlets that are paying for the bankers’ crisis – doubly ironic for a community like Limehouse, which has London’s second financial centre, Canary Wharf, on its doorstep.
Anthony added: “By locating ourselves in a position between absolute wealth and absolute deprivation, Occupy London’s ongoing peaceful protest will challenge the alarming levels of corruption within the current economic system and highlight inequalities – and also reach out to local residents in order to involve them in a discourse from which they have previously been excluded.”
“Whilst the present government seeks the privatisation of everything – from the NHS to education, even our road networks – in contrast, the Occupy movement seeks the public repossession of space and the expansion of civic society – everywhere. The time has come for a more democratic and just society for all, not just the privileged.”
City of London Corporation strikes again
While the City of London Corporation uses its undemocratic power structure to preserve the ancient civic institutions of the City as an administration for the banks, in Tower Hamlets it is using its authority to strip the Billingsgate Market porters of their ancient civic status – which predates the Norman conquest – opening up their roles to cheap casual labour.  Occupy London looks forward to engaging with the City of London Corporation on this issue now that it is in the neighbourhood.
The new location will also give Occupy London the opportunity to shed light to a number of other local issues, as well as global ones. The new residents look forward to working with local community groups – all are invited – from youth groups to faiths groups to get in touch. Upcoming events will be announced shortly.
OccupyLSX at St Paul’s was just the beginning.
 Background on Billingsgate Marter porters v City of London Corporation:
Porters picket as Billingsgate dispute rumbles on
The Battle For Billingsgate Market’s Porters
Historic Billingsgate market protests at reform plan
Billingsgate Fish Market porters protest over licences