As scheduled, this Saturday is to be marked as the day for the protest – protest against inequality. Many of us are would be highly motivated to join, but listening to the opinion of Ed Miliband who declares BBC watchdog to be the ultimate solution to the capitalist crisis is not what most of us want.
Green Party has a staunch belief that a radical change is the need of the time. Changing the managerial employees with the same “unchecked” growth goals is not going to help in any way. Despite the participation in the solidarity March with TUC, we, the proponents of this point of view have been denied with a platform to raise our voice once again. So, what’s the purpose of this March.
What we believe is attending Workfare Shutdown organized by Boycott Workfare at 2.30 pm at Oxford Circus would be far more interesting than listening to Miliband.
Mediocre Dave has given us a piece of advice, particularly helpful for making the decision of attending the march or joining the protestors at Oxford Circus.
The march will actually be attended by people with different ideologies and mindsets. And this point is going to be the source of major backlash in legal, and social terms. According to him, the protestors would have to show solidarity that was once seen in the protests of Winter 2010/2011. If that solidarity can’t be gained, it would ultimately result in the creation of different versions of events by all the stakeholders, which would, no doubt, be different from our original version of the protest. Our people are marching because they are frustrated, they have been denied of the promises that were initially made, their life is becoming difficult, and all of this is because of the capitalistic economy. So, in order to depict solidarity for this purpose, it is important that we should stick together in these difficult times and save each other.
The difference in the portrayal of the entire event by different stakeholders is not something new. Last year, on March 26, arrests of peaceful protestors were misrepresented by police, media supported the department and MPs withdrew their support from the protestors. This is what we should expect now. Even TUC will prefer to step back if the situation worsened, putting all the blame on the protestors and media reporting.
Every stakeholder would prove the protest to be violent. All of us would have to resist this pressure.
What we suggested last year was to adopt St Paul’s Principles. These principles are the Unity Principles formulated in 2008. According to these principles, respecting diversity in plans and execution tactics of others would be treated with respect and no groups would be based on such differences. Similarly, the execution of different tactics would have to be agreed to keep the difference in time and space intact. No one would be allowed to raise any resentment in the media. At the same time, it was agreed that state repression wouldn’t be tolerated and none of the internal members should assist law enforcement agencies in this regard.
The venue for this special protest is quite far from the march route so it would be quite safe to be the part of the protest but not be the part of the march. Still, if you are concerned about your safety and don’t wish to participate, it would be advised that you should reflect back. All of us should at least be part of the protest according to our capacity and for what we believe to be fair. Agreeing to an exactly similar agenda is not at all possible but creating a ridge because of the diversified opinion would be equal to a defeat. You can choose reasonable options and platforms for your opinion but don’t be the cause of defeat.
This is not an assumed theory rather the fallout after 26 March is a clear depiction of the existence of such a problem.
A single day of action might not produce what you want but it can actually provide a strong base for that. All you need to do is show your solidarity.