On Wednesday 30th November, some people sick of the soul-destroying
rhythms of daily life, took to the streets of Hackney. Bored by the
dull dynamics of union activities which reduce our misery to a few narrow
demands and channel and contain our anger, they decided to take control of
They blockaded Clapton bus depot in the early morning and the first police
to arrive moved quickly to try and make arrests. But the demonstrators stuck tightly
together and the cops were soon forced to retreat, allowing people to move freely
for the next two hours.
They then hit the main traffic hubs of Hackney, by blocking several main roads and large junctions and finally, ended up at the picket outside CLR James library in Dalston. On the way, there was widespread support from passers-by who joined the demonstration at various points.
Once people arrived at the CLR James library, the police made their
move and suddenly flooded Dalston Lane with over 100 TSG cops, dog
units and a helicopter. The police ploughed into the crowd, pushing and
punching the demonstrators off the street. They went on to arbitrarily arrest two people,
with a number of cops slamming them to the ground, crushing and twisting
them till one almost lost consciousness. Everyone else was soon kettled
along with the picket outside the library. By 11.30am, everyone inside
the kettle had been arrested for breach of the peace and transported to
Albany St, Heathrow, Wimbledon, Bishopsgate and Kensington police
stations. Meanwhile, passers-by and those who had come to support the demonstrators were
threatened with dogs and some also arrested for breach of the peace.
At present, the numbers of arrests we know of stand at 42. All those taken
to custody were re-arrested mostly for affray, and other trumped-up
charges, allowing the MET to seize all our outer clothing, shoes and
mobile phones. One person was badly bruised and left concussed. Almost all
those arrested are bailed to return in mid-January.
SOME FLYERS TEXT GIVE OUT TO THE STREETS THAT DAY..