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category international | anti-capitalism | news report author Thursday October 27, 2011 13:19author by #OccupyBelfast supporter Report this post to the editors

People in Belfast can come together for a common purpose

ANTI-CAPITALIST protestors at a camp opposite St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast yesterday vowed to continue their protest come “rain or no rain”. They have been camping out in Writer’s Square, in the Cathedral Quarter since last Friday (Oct 21).

#OccupyBelfast: WE ARE THE 99%
#OccupyBelfast: WE ARE THE 99%

The Occupy Belfast group — following in the footsteps of anti-capitalist movements Occupy Wall Street and Occupy London — say they have received messages of support from similar groups in England, Spain, Australia and the USA. The messages, received through Facebook and Livestream, have encouraged the group to continue with their protest in Writer’s Square, in the Cathedral Quarter.

“We’re used to Belfast being divided into orange and green,” Mr Carroll said, “but no matter what community you’re from, we’re all affected by this.

“Occupy Belfast shows the world that people in Belfast can come together for a common purpose.”

**** These are some of the points from a recent article from the BELFAST NEWSLETTER (Tuesday 25 October)
http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/local/anti_capitalist_...79545
mirrorred on their blog: http://occupybelfast.blogspot.com/2011/10/newsletter-ar....html

**** CAMP CALLOUT:

Good morning everyone! Just to let you know camp currently needs some items! We need large dishes to carry food! If anyone has old camping gear it would be great! We need something to heat camp and reheat food! Also if you have any towels, blankets or tents! Thanks x

**** Update from the Belfast City General Assembly:
Tonight [26/10/2011] the Belfast City General Assembly occupying Writer’s Square agreed the following:
http://occupybelfast.blogspot.com/2011/10/26102011-belf....html

1. Carnival of Resistance – Saturday 29th October 14:00 – 17:00
Attractions: Clowns, Jugglers, Face painting, Bouncy Castle, Poetry, Football match and Bands – All musicians are welcome!
Leaflets for North, East, South and West available at the Writer’s Square camp.
2. Writing a letter of solidarity to Occupy Canada.
3. Updates have been made to the Twitter, Facebook, Blog and Website – To be released soon.
Move to get personal stories and interviews on YouTube.
4. Backing Robin Hood Tax protest on Saturday without losing focus on Occupy Belfast. (Critically supporting but believe it doesn’t go far enough)
5. Enhancing camp facilities.
6. General Assembly rescheduled for 7:00pm every evening.
7. Press:
Reported in North/South Belfast News, Irish News and Newsletter.
Up and coming reports from ANU, Radio Fáilte and NVT – Any volunteers are welcome. Irish Speakers are welcome for Radio Fáilte.
Seeking people to speak on BBC about Social Justice.
Approaching The Stephen Nolan Show.
8. Activities:
Getting out to speak to people on the street. Leafleting City Hall at 7-8am and City Centre at 4-5pm.
9. Alternative to MTV Europe Music Awards at Writer’s Square on November 6th. Proposal to find location for “People’s Europe Music Awards”.
10. International Update every night in solidarity with the Global Occupy Movement. (In solidarity with Occupy Oakland).
11. Proposed march next Saturday to be discussed. Police to be informed.

**** OTHER LINKS:

Occupy Belfast
on FACEBOOK
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Belfast/1837215450...37864

Photos
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Belfast/1837215450...hotos

#OccupyBelfast on TWITTER
http://tinyurl.com/3l7ea6q


#OccupyBelfast
#OccupyBelfast

#OccupyBelfast: Tent city @ Cathedral quarter
#OccupyBelfast: Tent city @ Cathedral quarter

#OccupyBelfast: Tahrir > Spain > US > Dublin > Belfast (the lads remember those that fought fascism in Spain
#OccupyBelfast: Tahrir > Spain > US > Dublin > Belfast (the lads remember those that fought fascism in Spain

#OccupyBelfast: Anti-capitalist protestors brave Ulster rain (William Donnelly, Ryan Barnes and Neil Moore, as Occupy Belfast demonstrators Protest at the Cathedral quarter in Belfast)
#OccupyBelfast: Anti-capitalist protestors brave Ulster rain (William Donnelly, Ryan Barnes and Neil Moore, as Occupy Belfast demonstrators Protest at the Cathedral quarter in Belfast)

author by #OccupyBelfastpublication date Thu Oct 27, 2011 13:25Report this post to the editors

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#OccupyBelfast: beginning the discussion
#OccupyBelfast: beginning the discussion

#OccupyBelfast: What bout ye?
#OccupyBelfast: What bout ye?

#OccupyBelfast: It rains cats and dogs up north too
#OccupyBelfast: It rains cats and dogs up north too

#OccupyBelfast: Time of change...
#OccupyBelfast: Time of change...

#OccupyBelfast: Anti-capitalist protestors in Belfast
#OccupyBelfast: Anti-capitalist protestors in Belfast

author by #OccupyBelfastpublication date Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:04Report this post to the editors

*** 2 articles from Slugger O'Toole, includes a 6 min audio interview:

Talking to Occupy Belfast camp in Writer’s Square (Mon 24 October)
http://sluggerotoole.com/2011/10/24/occupy-belfast-camp...uare/

"Alan In Belfast" spoke to Gerry Carroll at lunchtime today, sheltering under a pagoda set up beside the impromptu Occupy Belfast camp in Writer’s Square opposite St Anne’s Cathedral.

About ten tents are pitched in the square. The protesters have a nightly meeting at 6pm to decide on the next course of action, and have no plans to pack up their camp. 

*** Earlier article: Occupy Belfast – rebels without a cause? (Wed 5 October)
http://sluggerotoole.com/2011/10/05/occupy-belfast-rebe...ause/

*** Billy Bragg joins Occupy Belfast protesters at Cathedral ahead of gig

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/n....html

Folk punk and left-wing political activist Billy Bragg has paid a visit to a protest group in Belfast city centre.

The silver-haired singer-songwriter joined the Occupy Belfast protesters at Writer's Square, opposite St Anne's Cathedral, ahead of his Belfast gig.

**** Other reports:

- http://www.urban75.net/forums/threads/occupy-belfast.28...3081/

- Occupy Belfast protester outside Invest Northern Ireland

http://www.demotix.com/news/888939/occupy-belfast-prote...eland

**** Tonight in Belfast: Centenary of James Connolly’s Belfast Arrival to be marked in City Hall
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/100726

Jack O’Connor, Jackie McDonald, Carál Ní Chuilín, and John Gray will speak at a unique event hosted in Belfast City Hall on Friday 28th October to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of James Connolly in Belfast to organise dockers and mill workers. The evening will begin at 6.30pm with Belfast Mayor Niall Ó Donnghaile unveiling a portrait of Connolly painted by Belfast Artist Frank Quigley. The guest panel will follow with their discussion at 7pm.

The historic trade unionist came to Belfast in 1911 following James Larkin’s departure to Dublin. This special event will hear from cross community leaders who are members of the trade union SIPTU articulate the view that now more than ever working people need to be united.

Connolly was passionate about uniting working people, and breaking down sectarian barriers, his time in Belfast was characterised by his drive to unite communities.

*** Related to that, again from Slugger O'Toole: Republicans and loyalists unite to mark centenary of James Connolly arriving in Belfast
http://sluggerotoole.com/2011/10/23/republicans-and-loy...fast/


#OccupyBelfast: Carnival of Resistence
#OccupyBelfast: Carnival of Resistence

Centenary of James Connolly’s Belfast Arrival to be marked in City Hall tonight
Centenary of James Connolly’s Belfast Arrival to be marked in City Hall tonight

#OccupyBelfast: turf burns in bin to keep people warm
#OccupyBelfast: turf burns in bin to keep people warm

#OccupyBelfast: Anonymous on the streets
#OccupyBelfast: Anonymous on the streets

#OccupyBelfast: End the greed. Invest in the 99%
#OccupyBelfast: End the greed. Invest in the 99%

author by Billy Bragg fanpublication date Fri Oct 28, 2011 14:34Report this post to the editors

Billy Bragg:

Despite getting off to a rather fractious start - an onstage row with the organisers over the displaying of a poster for a coming Occupy Belfast event - last nights gig at the Empire was a lot of fun. Sponsored by Amnesty International and billed as a gig about freedom songs, I performed a few tunes that I haven't played for ages, including 'My Youngest Son Came Home Today', which, given the context was very well received. Always get great audience response in Belfast.


Words from his facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Billy-Bragg/44905697470 with link to:

POTD – Billy Bragg and Occupy Belfast (http://sluggerotoole.com/profile/moochin/Fri 28 October 2011)
http://sluggerotoole.com/2011/10/28/potd-billy-bragg-an...fast/

Walking past the camp yesterday i heard what sounded like a familiar voice. When i looked to check it was indeed Billy Bragg who was in town to play a gig at the Empire last night. He had called down to offer support to the camping protestors. Safe to say that any donations of food and provisions would be very welcome.

Related Irish Times article, Billys time in Ireland: 'I'm still Billy Bragg from Barking'
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/theticket/2011/1021....html

Ireland Tour 2011 Billy Bragg http://www.billybragg.co.uk/forum/index.php?showtopic=5752

Billy Bragg gig in Belfast: an onstage row with the organisers over the displaying of a poster for a coming Occupy Belfast event
Billy Bragg gig in Belfast: an onstage row with the organisers over the displaying of a poster for a coming Occupy Belfast event

Billy Bragg: Always get great audience response in Belfast.
Billy Bragg: Always get great audience response in Belfast.

Billy Bragg with #OccupyBelfast, complete with hurl
Billy Bragg with #OccupyBelfast, complete with hurl

Caption: Between The Wars - Billy Bragg


author by #OccupyBelfast fanpublication date Sat Oct 29, 2011 09:59Report this post to the editors


Occupy everywhere roundup featuring #OccupyBelfast

http://www.deathculture.co.uk/freedom/story/occupy-ever...lfast

A special report from Belfast by our man on the ground - Rosko 'Danger' Frapson, who takes the lad for a guided tour of #OccupyBelfast.

"The campers have received plenty of support already as residents from the local apartment complexes have bought supplies, local restaurants delivering food and a bar that allows free use of the bathroom.

The 'group' is now holding general assemblies between 6PM and 7PM daily, to discuss plans of action and how to promote the cause. The only assembly that I have atended so far was on Monday October 24th; it was pissing down with rain so we were all huddled under gazebos around a smokey dustbin fire (very harsh on the old eyes and lungs). There are plans to organise having people hand out flyers and stand at busy areas of the city holding small 'protests' and that sort of thing. We're attempting to get more support and attention basically.

A lot of people have been complaining about the movement being 'hijacked' by a political group: http://www.swp.org.uk/. I've not seen too much of those guys except for at the actual protests. I personally don't think they have 'hijacked' anything, but they were dominant at the October 15th protest which was a massive flop anyway so that wasn't surprising. The actual occupy movement itself appears to be pretty much grass-roots. The camp site is free from any kind of SWP presence. I think that lazy people are just using the SWP as an excuse for why they can't join in.

Something quite odd that I have noticed is that there are quite a few foreigners involved in Occupy Belfast. While the great majority of people are from Northern Ireland and Belfast, I've met people from Dublin, Canada, the USA and Spain. I'm not complaining about that, just thought it was a bit odd... Solidarity travels, eh?

The protest on Friday 21st had 50 or so people in attendance, which was awesome compared to the previous effort.  10 - 15 people opted to camp out on the first night. I called down again on Saturday night and only saw maybe 7 or 8 people (although others could have been in their tents) and earlier in the week there were about 15 - 20 people. There are 12 tents in total but always a lot of activity and people at the assembly today claimed there could be somewhere between 40 and 60 people involved with the movement, from campers to regular visitors and supporters.  It's definitely growing over here."


First vid in from #occupybelfast http://vimeo.com/31266409
via WIMPS.tv http://wimps.tv/stories/video-occupy-belfast/

On Friday 28th of October, we took our cameras to speak to those camped out at Writer's Square in Belfast.

The people who have been camping out day and night are part of the Occupy movement that is taking place in many cities across the world.

We wanted to find out specifically why they're camped there and what it is they hope to achieve.

Occupy Belfast tent city is growing; from 4 to 8 to 13 including a fancy big one
Occupy Belfast tent city is growing; from 4 to 8 to 13 including a fancy big one

Occupy Belfast keepin it lit
Occupy Belfast keepin it lit

Inside of that fancy big one, sofa, table, monopoly, bikkies, leaflets...
Inside of that fancy big one, sofa, table, monopoly, bikkies, leaflets...

Writers corner remembers the struggles of earlier Belfast people who went and fought for freedom in Spain
Writers corner remembers the struggles of earlier Belfast people who went and fought for freedom in Spain

Occupy Belfast, growing from strength to strength
Occupy Belfast, growing from strength to strength


Caption: Occupy Belfast - first vid

author by #OccupyBelfast fanpublication date Tue Nov 01, 2011 22:43Report this post to the editors

Occupy Belfast - 29/10/2011
vid by by Christopher Ward
http://vimeo.com/31370253


Caption: Occupy Belfast vid 2

 
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