On the 9th of April 2016, protesters gathered in London around the entrance to Downing St. to protest Prime Minister David Cameron's involvement with tax reduction schemes. They called for tax reform and for the Prime Minister to resign.
On the 9th of March 2016, activists from the Rhodes Must Fall In Oxford movement hosted a decolonisation tour of university buildings with connections to colonialism, centred around the statue and plaque dedicated to Cecil Rhodes, historical racist and founder of the Rhodes Scholarship.
A montage of footage from the December 2014 #CopsOffCampus protest at the University of Warwick. After a number of speakers, protesters forced a door and began a week long occupation.
It’s very easy when viewing a Youtube video of an event to feel the distance that watching through a screen puts you at, from events unfolding. Earlier this month I watched live streams of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. It was tense and exciting and more than a little unreal. I do not for a moment think that that was how it was experienced by those there.
When you watch this video, I’m worried that more than a few people will see the scene in which protestors force open a door as an unforgivable outburst of violence which taints the whole protest. I can’t end that argument, but I can say that for me standing there this was not a threatening attack by thugs seeking chaos. It was an open workshop on the topic of people power. The university closed this building, but by acting together protesters opened it. Whether or not you think this is acceptable it was an act of protest, not an act of mean-spirited destructive spite.
A broken door is not payment for a person injured. No amount of undiscriminating violence condoned by a University on the students it has a pastoral obligation to is ever acceptable.
On 7/7/2015 members of Fossil Free Warwick marched on the Shard campus of the University of Warwick in an attempt to picket members of the University Council ahead of a major decision on fossil fuel divestment. While the council cancelled their dinner, the next day the decision was made to divest from fossil fuel related investments fully.