• #occupydemocracy activist locked on to Houses of Parliament railings
• 20 metre long “Real Democracy Now!” banner in front of Parliament
• #occupydemocracy ‘s programme of talks continues directly in front of Houses of Parliament
The focus of the #occupydemocracy demonstration has now moved directly in front of the Houses of Parliament where our constructive programme of talks and debates continues on the pavement.
Protestors are holding a 20 metre banner saying “Real Democracy Now!” in front of the Houses of Parliament.
Arron has a bicycle D-lock around his neck linking himself to the House of Parliament railings. He was arrested at the previous #occupydemocracy protest in October for sitting on a piece of Tarpaulin on Parliament Square.
Explaining his decision to take this act of nonviolent civil disobedience he said:
“The oppression of my free speech during Occupy Democracy in October was so extreme I feel this is the only way to get my voice heard ”
Former Liberal Democrat Vice Chair and author of “The Prostitute State”, Donnachadh McCarthy, who gave a speech at #occupydemocracy earlier today said:
“Arran’s heroic gesture is in the proud democratic tradition of the suffragettes – our democracy has been so damaged by corporate hijacking that only such mass peaceful direct action can create a democracy works on behalf of all the people, and not just the 1%”
#occupydemocracy has come together to build a movement for a democracy free from corporate influence that works for all of us – not just banks, corporations and a wealthy few.