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(en) Britain, freedom news: fck govt fuck boris demo: Report from the rally - account #1 and #2 and ACG #3

Date Thu, 1 Aug 2019 09:35:19 +0300

#1 ---- The big event, organised by a wide-ranging coalition of groups from Women's Strike Assembly and Momentum to BLM UK and Lesbians & Gays support the Migrants, managed to dwarf the "usual suspects" People's Assembly demo and official Labour rally, but George F's view from the street was of a resistance which as yet remains too fluffy to really rock the boat. ---- Hundreds of people initially gathered in Russell Square on Thursday for the "fck govt fck boris" street festival, forming a procession that marched through the West End to Downing Street chanting "Fuck Boris, fuck the government." ---- After an hour, the chanting got a bit weird, as if we were collectively marching down Whitehall ready to drag BJ out and all take turns having sex with him. A double-decker bus had been organised, a nod to the famous Brexit battle-bus proclaiming £350 million for the NHS, though the organisers missed a trick by failing to equip it with a snowplough and flamethrowers in order to force through the police lines at Downing Street.

The shadow chancellor John McDonnell gave a speech from the top of it calling for a general election, and my heart sank to realise that really when this crowd says "fuck government" they mean only this government, not all governments. The police shrewdly kept themselves out of the way so as to give no reason for confrontation until the chanting and marching fizzled out into a picnic and dance competition outside the gates of number 10, some people unsure of what to do with themselves apart from dance and make hilarious signs.

On arrival, a contingent sat down on the grass to drink G&T, or danced to Stormzy from one of many systems, or listened to Awate spit lyrics from the top of the bus. Another dancefloor was started by a firetruck nearby, but as it got later, people began to drift away. As the numbers fell, the police moved in to unobstruct the highway and met a smattering of resistance and obligatory defiance. One woman attempted to rally the crowd to storm the gates, but her infectious rage failed to ignite the mob mentality, though an itinerant breakaway group did march off to piss on MI5 in tribute to fallen comrade Tom Palmer.

Green Anti-Capitalist Front brought a pinata of Boris to Russell Square that was thrashed to pieces in minutes by a raging person with a big stick. Sound systems were out in force, with a steady playlist of grime, punk, and Killdren's anthem Kill Tory Scum making a regular appearance. There was a strong, fiesty and highly visible queer and trans prescence, as well as a number of people with disabilities. Shout out to the Bisexual Pandas of London who score bonus points for taking 20 minutes to roll up their banner at the close of proceedings whilst surrounded by a gang of frustrated cops.

Conspicuous by their absence were Extinction Rebellion - the megabrand of protesting is usually absolutely everywhere but there was not a single flag or sticker in sight. Instead of climate catastrophe, the crowds homemade banners and signs called for solidarity with people of colour, QUILTBAG and disabled people's rights - everything XR claims to want to be inclusive of.

Although its always fun to march around London chanting ‘fuck boris', or ‘fuck whoever' and have a bit of a street party, but again, all the anger fizzles out into nought. The flurries of ‘fuck the police' that broke out were belied by the ease with which the police cleared the streets out. Some of GAF were masked up and ready to go, there were smoke bombs and flares in a plenty, but the marketing of the event as a liberal street party means that any potential edge or anger was diffused into impotency. The most interesting clashes came between the mixing of pro-Brexit and pro-European protesters, suddenly united with a common enemy, one man with a giant blue cutout of the UK on his back spotted arguing with a student with a European Union flag, all overseen by a set of anarcho-syndicalists who pithily summarised with: "fuck all states."

Goldsmiths students were also out calling for solidarity with their occupation, which goes to court on Friday, and respect to organisers who had a solid team of legal observers out and people handing out free water to everyone. Although a solid mixture of unionists, students, anarchists, liberals, and the motley crew of the left were in attendance, the question remains of how bad do things have to get before we are really willing to do more than chant and sing to really fuck the government?

George F

Following an account on Fck Boris Fck Government demo published by Freedom News on Friday, we have received a few more. Here is one of them.

It's being eight years since I put a bet on Boris Johnson becoming prime minister in the form of a weak hand shake, as a documentary photographer photographing protests and demonstrations for a decade I had to include the FCK BORIS, FCK GOVN protest. Travelling up to London on one of the hottest days of the summer, I made my way to Whitehall, where Class War were blocking the gates to Downing Street, it was a small but vocal demonstration, Laurie Love providing the soundtrack to the dystopian political story unfolding before our eyes. I had to hand it Class War, they were holding the fort, where was the FCK BORIS demonstration?

I decided to go and find the street party that was promised, this entailed a bus journey in 36 degree heat, (weight loss ensued). The FCK BORIS demo, (by the way, never call him by his first name; you don't know him and you don't want to know him). Russell Square was the location, why so far from Downing Street? One member from Class War pointed out "It might as well be Yorkshire" I finally caught up with the march heading for Trafalgar Square, it was big, it was loud, it was full of energy, I was reminded of the Catalan demonstrations, it felt like a genuine protest unlike the over organised and steered recent Extinction Rebellion so called protests.

Music was a focus point for this demonstration, I never understand why music isn't used more often, it transforms what can otherwise be a dry and lifeless rally. Crowds of up to five thousand people filled Whitehall, danced and sang and united in the heat against a new Conservative Government which has been built to cause maximum damage while it has the chance, police cars and vans were graffitied with FCK BORIS and anarchist signs, placards demanding that Nazanine Zaghari-Ratcliffe be freed along with this is not my prime minister slogans. It wasn't a Poll Tax riot, but it was a presence, and the DJ on the double Decker bus reminded all these young people some of whom won't be old enough to have being affected by forced austerity, the cuts and shock doctrine style changes we have all had to endure over the last ten years, the worst is yet to come, and the night is long but sooner or later the dawn will come. (Hopefully)
ACG #3 London Anarchist Communist Group

London Anarchist Communist Group members turned out yesterday for the Fck Boris demo . We handed out over 500 Rebel City papers and couldn't get rid of them fast enough, a really enthusiastic take up from a predominantly young crowd

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