Just after midnight on Tuesday 28 February riot police brutally evicted the peaceful Occupy London protesters from their camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral, which had been set up on 15 October last year.
Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) expresses its full solidarity to all those involved and stands firmly against all attacks on the right to protest.
The occupy camp, while relatively small in numbers, was able to have a big impact. The slogan ‘we are the 99%’ chimed with millions of people in the country who are facing brutal austerity, while greedy bankers and big business continue to get bigger and bigger rewards.
Alongside other protests, including last year’s YFJ Jarrow March for Jobs, this movement has contributed to forcing the government to try to defend the capitalist system – a system for the ‘1%’. But David Cameron and others’ talk of ‘moral’ or ‘responsible’ capitalism doesn’t wash, especially when it comes from one of the most brutal, nasty, ‘slash and burn’ governments in history.
Capitalism is a system built on exploitation and is necessarily ‘irresponsible’. That’s why we need to change the system if we are to have a society organised to meet the needs of the majority, not the greed of the minority.
YFJ says: “Take the wealth off the 1% - nationalise the banks and use the vast sums held in the vaults of the super rich to create jobs, build houses and provide services for the 99%. Going forwards, we hope to work with those involved in the occupy movement to help fight for a better society – one run for the millions not the millionaires.”