Wednesday, 8 February 2012

OCCUPYOIL: 8/2/2012

<picture: protesters with banner (photographer Michael Kirkham)
Today Occupy Liverpool took part in a global action called 'occupyOIL' (organised by rise up) highlighting the war for resources, especially oil.

For me, I really liked the idea of occupying a petrol station, the public are already angry about the high prices of petrol, and i see oil as a way the population are manipulated, it is in the earth, therefore i fail to see how companies such as shell can claim to 'own' it, never mind sell it back to us.

The petrol companies argue that petrol is cheaper than water, that doesn't mean petrol is cheap, it means water (a basic human right) is too expensive, and is again naturally occuring.

About 10 protesters took to occupying the Shell garage on Scotland Road, Liverpool, they managed to block the entrance and thus close the garage temporarily, with the majority of potential customers actually being fairly supportive and understanding why they were doing it.

Before too long the police arrived, followed by more police, and again even more police, in the end there were more police than protesters! With threats of arrest for 'obstructing a public highway' the protesters moved to the pavement, and then decided to leave, agreeing that the protest had been a success.

picture: protesters holding 'occupy liverpool' banner (photographer Michael Kirkham)

further reading:

taken from facebook group with info about occupyOIL:!/events/230582443683609/

#OccupyOil LETS MAKE THIS GLOBAL We believe that the war for resources that has plagued us for many years, is forcing us to the point of near destruction. The pursuit of oil and minerals in Africa by the 1% has resulted in millions being murdered, raped or displaced. ... Africa is plagued with civil war, poverty and starvation. The Middle East is at the point of all out war. The ruling elites are on the verge of attacking Iran. The global economy is eating itself alive. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, since 1997, 8 million people have lost their lives in a civil war, manipulated by those who would seek to gain the most from this resource rich country. The African people, in Nigeria, the DRC, Libya, Uganda and elsewhere, will pay dearly for the materialism of the West. In the UK over 2000 people will die from fuel poverty this year. The 1% in the form of global corporations will continue to reap the rewards, while the old and vulnerable will be found dead in their beds, having been forced to make the choice between heat and food. Many people who are unfit and unable to work, will be forced off benefits and into unpaid and low paid work for the benefit of tax-dodging companies and supermarket chains. Food prices will continue to rise, pushed up by the ever increasing price of crude oil. While bankers continue to give themselves bonuses, in some cases, £3 billion for managing hedge funds. Politicians will reward them with peerages and accolades, while condemning the workers to a life of poverty. In Ireland, a country on the verge of economic collapse, politicians in the last government, on leaving office, signed over the gas resources to Shell oil - at the same time cutting benefits to those most in need. It’s time to make a stand. On 8th February 2012 we will Occupy Petrol Stations across London. We call on activists to organise yourselves into affinity groups and join this action London-wide. Make banners, get sound systems and pick targets. As the date approaches we can co-ordinate actions for maximum impact. Let’s send an opening shot in our war against the global elites.

write up on a london occupation: (liverpool is mentioned)

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