Nuit Debout London: CHALK WARS

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Two people arrested opposite Downing St…FOR CHALKING!

NB – this is NOT satire.

See the footage, livestreamed by Occupy News Network  at Nuit Debout London last night, here (1st arrest, 13 minutes in):

Footage of the second arrest can be viewed here:

A petition has been started, asking Sadiq Khan to ‘make chalk legal to use n public spaces‘.

I’m struggling to believe it has really come to this.

I’m not sure how much more absurdity I can take.


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#GlobalDebout – Updates

Nuit Debout website:

00.25 Pheonix Rising roundup from Nuit Debout London – confirms TWO arrests earlier – for chalking on the pavement.

23.06 Wow. Two people have apparently been arrested for chalking at Nuit Debout London Night Assembly (13.30secs in)

Continue reading #GlobalDebout – Updates


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#GlobalDebout? #15M? Media Blackout Much?

There are now hundreds of cities in 25 countries around the world prepping for the next global wave of democratic, people powered resistance to the emergent fascist global order and there’s been barely a dicky bird from the 1% media. That’s to be expected, but there’s not been much on social media or alt channels in the UK either. What is up with that?
Have you heard about #NuitDebout, or the #GlobalDebout next week, 15th May? #15M? If not, why not? (Please answer in the comments if you can be arsed).

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The French didn’t go for the Occupy movement like the UK and US did in 2011 because they were expecting a “left wing government” to get into power. They got their ‘left-wing government’ and are now apparently sorely disappointed by it, hence #NuitDebout.

Has this polarity now inverted? Are we in the UK now so enamoured by comrade Corbyn that we overestimate his capacity to actually change things?  Do we really believe in the farcical pantomime of Westmonster? Do we really think that Jeremy Corbyn can turn around the multinational corporate behemoths which have robbed Parliament of any actual power? Are we in the UK really going to sit on our arses and wait for sometime after 2020 to start realising all this again?

The most compelling part of Corbyn’s message for me is about the need for people to get active in their daily lives, outside of party politics. He is a lifelong, grassroots activist. A legend. I think he’s a great guy, I really like him but he can’t save us. No PM can save us. Because corporate bankster governance. Because capitalism.
No Government can save us. WE have to save us.

Corbyn would probably agree with me, we should all be involved in creating something amazing this May 15th. Real democracy – by the people, for the people, on the streets and in the squares of the whole world, together.

If there isn’t a Global Debout group set up in your local area already, why not start one? In the UK, there are currently groups mobilising in London, Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool. One week to go. ish.

You might have a right giggle. 🙂 You might change the world… 😮

Will this be the wave that crashes the 1%’s global monopoly game? Probably not, but are we ready for postcapitalism? I’m starting to think we might be…

Keep it lit beautiful humans – stay safe, look after each other.


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People across the globe have accepted Nuit Debout‘s invitation to join a Global Debout this May 15th, 2016.


Could One Crap Meme Stop the #GlobalDebout?

Imagine my shock when I logged into the Occupied Sun‘s twitter account today to a notification declaring Nuit Debout is finished – over, dead and buried!

The post was replete with the hashtag ‘Nuit Debout RIP’ and a meme of a gravestone. For all of 10 seconds I was mortified.

I’ll just let the conversation which followed speak for itself:


So in summary: no, of course one crap meme can’t stop the #GlobalDebout!


#GlobalDebout #15M #NuitDeboutLondon – UK #NightAssembly Updates.

A small but perfectly formed crew have been hosting Night Assemblies opposite Downing St at 7pm each and every consecutive evening since the massive #ToriesOut #ResignCameron demo on the 16th of April. That demo was attended by 150, 000 people according to some sources. Virtually every campaigning group I’m aware of was in attendance – as we are today for the #JuniorDoctorsStrike.

Occupy News Network and others have been livestreaming the London night assemblies, which have been called under the auspices of Nuit Debout – the movement which began in Paris on the 31st March and is currently spreading throughout Europe.

The worst thing about censorship is ████…

If you haven’t heard about Nuit Debout yet, it’s because there has been very little coverage from our corporate zombie media. Given the parlous state of Orwellian Britain, it is not unimaginable that the story has been D-Noticed by our secret rulers. (Which means it’s probs quite good lulz…). 😀

If you’re not up to speed on what’s been going on, a wikipedia page has been created with some good links to get you started.

The Nuit Debout Londoners have been meeting and networking, sharing information and ideas, hosting peoples banquets, open mics and using chalk to transform the streets of Westmonster into the ‘Pavement of Truth’.

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They have also been organising online with supporters around the country and internationally,  via their fedbook page. Several working groups have been formed and are getting on with it – there is talk of a website in the works and translations of international statements are forthcoming. Delegates have been nominated to attend the international conference in Paris, 7-8th May.

For me, one of the most exciting things about Nuit Debout is the debate it has restimulated around the problem of ‘identity politics’. Much like Occupy, the Indignados and the 15M before it, this latest global wave of change is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to shed their old, divisive and tribalistic political identities. To unite in common cause and create new paradigms together.

Universal Solidarity.

Anonymous, Occupy,  Love Activists, Disabled People Against the Cuts, Paedophile Hunters London and Streets Kitchen are just some of the groups who have been down to the Night Assembly to express solidarity with the cause from day one.

Here’s an English language shoutout from Anonymous Video for the Global Debout on the 15th May:

To my eyes and ears, these global waves of change seem to be coming more and more frequently, like contractions.

Thinking about it almost makes me want to quote Arundhati Roy!

Several major UK cities have also started organising regular night assemblies – from Glasgow to Dublin, Manchester and Leeds. An international call has gone out for a #GlobalDebout on the 15th May, the anniversary of the #15M.

Why not have a look online to see if there is a Nuit Debout organising near you and volunteer some time and energy to help out? If there isn’t one already happening near you – why not start one?

I strongly encourage you to get involved. Time is short. Only together can we overcome the tyranny and injustice of neo-liberal capitalism.

The time for protest is over – it’s time for resistance.

Global Debout


Something’s Wrong. What is #NuitDebout, and Why Haven’t I Heard About It?

The whole playground’s been ganging up on dodgy Dave for the last week or so.

Thousands of people participated in a mass demonstration which shut Downing St.

Demos were held in city squares all over the country.

People announced they would stay until Cameron leaves – everybody left, unfortunately…a phat soundsystem dropped some banging drum and bass and some demonstrators were apparently attacked by the police on Parliament Square (again). I couldn’t bring myself to watch the footage of that.

I should be pleased that everybody’s getting off their arse and doing stuff – but I’m not.

Twitter has been on Dave’s case since #ResignCameron started trending a week ago. I made a couple of The Occupied Sun front pages to support the call out and to suggest that getting rid of the Tories might be more productive than just getting rid of Dave…







The #ResignCameron hashtag vanished quite quickly, but soon returned as #ResignDavidCameron.

#CurseDavidCameron has just started trending. I should be participating in the fun, gleefully composing witty tweets and designing more Occupied Sun front pages, but I’m not. Why?

Something’s wrong.

The Panama papers aren’t really that much of a revelation – but they have placed an unbearably hot potato in Westmonster – where they really are all in it together.

Channel 4 recently asked 20 odd UK politicians whether they had offshore interests – with predictable results. (4 said they didn’t, the rest wouldn’t say).

But everybody is still focused on Dave.

Dave his effectively become a hate magnet. A sacrificial lightning rod for the nation’s anger, which should rightly be directed at the whole rotten system. Getting rid of Dave will accomplish sweet fk all in the bigger scheme of things. To be brutally honest, getting rid of the Tories won’t either (though many of my ‘left’ leaning friends don’t want to engage with this sad truth).

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All that would really change if we get shot of #DodgyDave and the Tories is instead of Jeremy Corbyn asking the PM uncomfortable questions, he will be answering uncomfortable questions. Questions like “does Parliament actually have any real power anymore”?

It would be an improvement, for sure, so Corbyn is worth fighting for (or with).

However, even a Corbyn Government would not be able to reverse the rapidly deteriorating state of the UK, the EU and the global economies. Make no mistake – the rolling ‘financial crises’ of the last 8 years are the death spiral of capitalism and economics as know it.

David Cameron is the first British Prime Minister whose background wasn’t in law, or sociology, or politics. Dave is a spindoctor. Knowing this, the last few days starts to look less like a popular uprising against the PM and more like the elaborate swan song of a PR man, who recently realised that the pitchforks and guillotines are coming.

Calls for Cameron’s resignation have drawn a lot of the energy that was building for a General Strike on the 4th July. #GS4July.

What else might we be being distracted from?

NuitDebout – ‘Rise Up At Night’ – #OccupyTheNight

Dave’s financials are all anybody’s talked about for the past week – meanwhile, in France (and rapidly spreading throughout Europe), hundreds of city squares have been occupied as the ‘Nuit De Bout‘ movement has kicked off.

Nuit De Bout roughly translates into ‘Rise Up at Night’ – which, it seems, is exactly what people have been doing. On consecutive nights. For over week. And despite being plugged into as many activist channels as I can find, I’ve heard precisely fk all about it, because of all the noise about whether ‘call me dave’ will resign…

Since March 31st, the nocturnal occupations have spread across France to Spain, Belgium and other European countries.


I think it’s fair to say I’m not alone. A lot of us have been successfully distracted from these important developments – I’m off to read up a bit more on what’s been happening. – it sounds much more interesting than how wealthy Dave is, and whether or not the backlash against him is ‘the politics of envy’ or not…

It’s not, by the way.

The next mass demo against #DodgyDave / The Tories / Austerity is this Saturday. The night before, it’s Anonymous #OpSafe march with the homeless (global).

Let’s hope we see a few squats getting cracked and tents going up.