Occupy London. May Day.

by Alex from Maybe ( ) Together

Took a little detour this evening to St Paul’s to see if I could see any Occupy remnants, particulary as it’s May day, and there has been an Occupy campaign that this be a day of strike (No work. No school. No shopping. No banking. No trading.)

I found these little pieces of evidence which made me glad to find:

Plus a police van.

A little walk away, I stumbled across a group of 60 or so.
Tents. Megaphone. Masks. Police.

I got speaking to one of the fellas who was from Occupy St Pauls. The May day protest was the first time they’d all congregated back together since the eviction. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if there were more media/documentees or occupiers. Just by standing there for a little while, I started to get really uncomfortable at the amount of footage was being taken of me. Which is ultimately why I didn’t stay beyond my one (excellent) conversation.

I don’t know if you can see from the photos but there was one man up on the monument. With his tent.
Many of the occupiers were pissed, which I thought was a shame: I don’t remember that in Melbourne.
There was a sense of comradeship. Of friendship. But also a tension of “what do we do now?”
There was a line of tents. But it didn’t look like anyone was actually intending on sleeping in any of them.

I can’t help but feel that creativity is the key to the occupy movement’s next steps.
Perhaps biased. Perhaps a personal need for a focus.
But hopefully, an opportunity.
Look out for #occupysmallstreet for step one.