Parliament Square Democracy Village/Peoples Assembly call out & update.

MarkiB mark at
Tue Jun 15 13:36:19 BST 2010

The Parliament Square Dmocracy Vllage which has been resident opposite the
House of Commons since MayDay - a few days before the General Election, has
slowly grown in size since that date. Their first court appearance occurred
on Thursday 3rd June at the Royal Courts of Justice, the prosecution
representing the Greater London Authority and the Mayor. In this court
appearance, proceeding where delayed, during which time 2 activists climbed
onto the roof of the Royal courts of justice to hang a banner in support of
democratic freedom of speech. The court case finally started at 2pm that
day, in which it took 2 hours for the judge to accept all 65 defendants!
After the trial was adjoirned, the following Monday7th, the judge admitted
that the Mayor had no jurisdiction to evict the protestors from Parliament
Square since the ultimate owner of the square is the Queen!

Activist maintain that Parliament Square is anancient gathering place for
commoners.  GLA base their right to evict on the breach of up to 20 bylaws
on the square.

Th court case resumed at the Royal Courts of Justice on Monday 14th June.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Fw: Peoples Assembly/Democracy Village call out and update.
Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2010 01:46:35 +0000 (GMT)
From: phoenix <earthcircusnet at>

Peoples Assembly/Democracy Village call out and update.

Big call out going out to all the networks for experienced
activists,facilitators, networkers,community 
creators, skillsharers, people with time to help build this movement for a
better future.

The Debate on the future continues at Parliament Square.The Peace camp in
the center of London has been growing,

The latest update on the  Legal situation is the next court case is to
held on Mon and Tues 14th/15th June with a third day of the hearing to be
set as the fri 18th or else a day or days in the next week or when the
court has time for a 3-5 day trial.

High Courts of Justice The Strand Holborn tube.Come and support. The Judge
at the last hearing said that The Mayor and the GLA did not any have a
specific power to remove the Camp. This rests upon the legal 
fact that only the owner with clear title deed can take someone to
court.The GLA is not the owner,on paper it is the Queen and the Crown

This ancient place of the British people has been used for gatherings to
make laws and enshrines the Ancient Lore of Free Speech. Ref Gorsedd of 
Tot Hill and Tot Hill fair. Google and wikki them.

This Friday and every friday from 5 pm there will be poetry and song, from
those who gather in the circle. Continuing the Ancient tradition of
song,storytelling bardery and Free Speech.That have been held on this 
ancient spot since time Immemorial.

Every Saturday there will be a Peoples Assembly to focus the Discussion
Forum on the Future that has 
been created on the square over the last 6 weeks. Note that last year a
call was put out by many of the networks from Copenhagen 
(Activist,Indigenous and NGO )  for a Peoples Assemblies to be set up
across the World to discuss the environment and the future. We have just 
started to receive reports of similar events being set up in other
countries,more news as we get it.

The Democracy Village contains many individuals and groups that have have
a diversity of opinions ,but have a consensus on the aim for Peace and the
troops to be pulled out of Afghanistan.The issues which we 
campaign for are diverse e.g. Peace, an end to the war in Afghanistan,
Climate Justice, Civil Liberties, Land Reform, Electoral Reform and much
more. We are unified in our desire for change.

Big call out going out to all the networks for experienced
activists,facilitators, networkers,community 
creators, skillsharers, techies, gardeners,people with time to help build
this movement for a better future.

The camp has continued despite some of the best efforts of the authorities
and some biased media.
on the whole the media coverage has been fairly good and been getting the
message out about Peace and the Troops being pulled out of Afghanistan.

There was an interesting fairly good article in the New York times two
days ago. We have already been covered by Times, Telegraph, Sun, Mail,
Guardian, Evening Standard, Morning Star, Several International 
papers, BBC, ITN, London Tonight, Channel 4, World Service, Al Jazeera,
China Tv, several Arabic news services, Reuters, National news Agency,
Associated Press, Press Association and many , many more.

This all helps to accelelerate the debate on Peace and reconcilliation,and
how we can rebuild the Future Together.

There are many campaigns,marchs demos and actions that come through the
square regularly,come get involved.

There is a Candle Lit Vigil for those who have died in Conflict every
evening at 10 pm outside no.10 Downing Street. There are morning and
evening meetings at 10 am and 7pm.

Come and get involved: This is what Democracy looks like.

The Peoples Assembly a Discussion Forum on the Future is an idea whose
time has come.

As one of the villagers para phrased "you cant stop an idea"

Keep Networking.      democracyvillage at


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