Posted by:7 November, 2011
I’ve not really been following the news a great deal recently. I’ve been travelling.
But what is going on near St Paul’s Cathedral? Who are the Occupy protestors? What is their cause? Is it a fair one? Is their chosen location for their protest right & reasonable? They’ve now had to set up an overspill camp in Finsbury Square.
We’ve had Dale Farm too & 21 year old Charlie Gilmour getting jailed for the student fees protests in Whitehall & other places last year.
Is their activity justified?
Some years back we had the Greenham Common women peace movement.
Before that the Suffragettes, the Pankhurst family & remember Emily Wilding Davison, who killed herself at the 1913 Derby, throwing herself under the King’s horse Anmer.
Internationally, we will recall the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. And of course Lech Wałęsa & Solidarity in the shipyards Gdansk.
We are having the “Arab Spring” continuing with its far reaching reverberations.
Mohandas K Gandhi in South Africa & India, & his fellow lawyer, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, both imprisoned for their activities. And Dr Che Guevara in South America & headmaster Mao Zedong of China.
All men from respectable professions with a cause.
Were they right? How should we view “rebels”? What cause do you support?
From Sir Bill Taylor
After a career in youth and community work - and 25 years as a councillor - Bill Taylor is now a consultant, bringing the public, private and community/voluntary sectors closer together.