Why Trafalgar? #17

Posted: March 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

Nathan Bolton is the Campaigns Officer of Essex Students' Union

We are in the midst of a period of widespread popular rebellion on a scale not seen in a generation. Despite the geographical distance between the flashpoints of struggle, a single thread links all these points. Austerity acts as a common reference point for resistance, whether it’s centred in Cairo, London or Wisconsin. This thread has meant that the different struggles have played off one another and driven up the pressure; one of the most striking examples of this was the reciprocal relationship between the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions and the calls for a ‘Day of Rage’ in Tunisia after the mass protests in Egypt.

 Trade Unionists in Wisconsin and workers in Tahrir Square made reference to the student resistance to the Con-Dems attack on Education in November and December, 2010. Now we must take the lead from the people of Egypt. On the 26th of March, we should occupy Trafalgar Square to act as a focus point for our struggle against austerity. Our movement needs a place to organise, to discuss, to debate and crucially to bring all the sections of the resistance together in order to co-ordinate further activity.

 The most important lesson we can draw from the people of Egypt is that strikes, occupations and direct action can topple even the most repressive regime. The 26th of March should be our ‘Day of Rage’. An occupied Trafalgar Square could act as a reference point for those workers who don’t yet have the confidence to resist.

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