Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/988/27117

From The Socialist newspaper, 28 March 2018

Walthamstow Save Our Square protesters thrown out of city hall for demanding a say

Protesters in City Hall moments before security forcibly evicted them, 22.3.18, photo by Sarah Wrack

Protesters in City Hall moments before security forcibly evicted them, 22.3.18, photo by Sarah Wrack   (Click to enlarge)

Linda Taaffe, Waltham Forest Socialist Party

London Mayor Sadiq Khan's decision to grant permission to redevelop Walthamstow town square in east London was met with anger and feelings of gross betrayal.

This regeneration plan, including a 29-storey monster block of unaffordable flats, the felling of 81 mature trees, and the loss of a third of our public green space, was drawn up by a cabal of a few Blairite Labour councillors with greedy property developers Capital and Regional Plc specialising in retail, and Mount Anvil specialising in the construction of luxury apartments.

Khan, in a recent visit to our area, had agreed to meet a delegation from the campaign. However, we were met with a wall of silence. But it was the comment in Khan's press release saying "we have listened to the community" that really ratcheted up the mood of the Save our Square meeting. "More like selective deafness", said one long-standing campaigner. "Let's march on city hall", said another.

A raft of figures show how thousands of people had protested one way or another over the last two years. He either didn't listen, or he totally ignored what protesters were saying.

So we attended the 'mayor's question time' on 22 March. We had posters in our bags and were seated in the vast chamber where the question time takes place. A beautiful vista over the Thames, the atmosphere sterile, no feeling of the cut-and-thrust of debate, written questions and written answers, hushed tones, all pre-organised, no room for anything out of the ordinary.

Until, after a question on ballots before regeneration, we jumped up holding up our posters. The chamber was quite full with many students probably studying government, or just on the tourist trail. "This is not good enough." "We want a ballot." "We want affordable homes". A cacophony of voices!

In a nano-second half a dozen heavies appeared. They snatched posters, then moved in to eject us. They got hold of us and we protested, they pushed, even carried one of us by both arms.

We continued giving voice to our complaints: "Khan's in the pockets of the billionaires," "building unaffordable homes is madness". Khan walked away to hide, left his security men, who probably find rents difficult on their wages, to do his dirty work for him.

Our video of the protest has got over 6,000 views - bringing a great response from the people who truly matter. We are now fired up for a march on city hall.

Trees

Following this, on 24 March Save our Square and Socialist Party members gathered in Walthamstow to highlight the threat to our 81 mature lime trees. Loads of people came along specifically with messages to tie around the trees. Shoppers stopped by.

We supplied ribbons, pens and card for people to make their own messages, however they wanted to express themselves, or to appeal to the council leader, the mayor and the private developers not to chop down these trees.

Along the promenade entrance to the square and market, edged on both sides by huge trees, every tree had a message tied with coloured ribbons - all around the square too. People signed petitions to the council and others signed support for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition standing for council against councillors who don't listen to the working class.

It was a great way to spread the message of protest to stop private profiteers and Blairite councillors destroying our environment.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 28 March 2018:


What we think

Antisemitism slurs: latest attempt to derail Corbynism


Socialist Party workplace news

NEU conference 2018: Strike to take on the Tories

UCU: Strike action forces bosses to retreat but keep the pressure on

NHS pay: Reject the Tories' divide and rule offer

British Museum: Carillion workers demand to be brought back in-house

Victimised recycling strikers uncowed as Hull strike wave builds

Liverpool Uni staff set to fight 220 job losses

Aberdeen bus drivers strike against pay cuts

Migrant cleaners win living wage at Mail


Local elections 2018

For Whom the School Bell Tolls: Our kids or the Tories?

Southampton asks "What will you do to stop education cuts?"

Campaign against Newham academies boosted by victories

Save Free School Meals!


Martin Luther King

The life and legacy of Martin Luther King


Socialist Party news and analysis

Grenfell: survivors not rehoused, inquiry not independent, blocks not safe

Walkout from undercover policing inquiry


Social media

Social media - the potential and the limits


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Tories fear youth revolt - fight for our future

Goldsmiths students occupy and protest in support of UCU strikers

Walthamstow Save Our Square protesters thrown out of city hall for demanding a say

Northern Socialist Party conference

North West Socialist Party conference

Building fund appeal

Bristol Socialist Students join Yarlswood demo

May Day greetings: Lend your support to the fight against the bosses


International socialist news and analysis

France: Pressure mounts on Macron government

USA: Huge 'march for our lives' protests

Russia's predictable presidential election


 

Home   |   The Socialist 28 March 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Walthamstow:

triangleAction demanded from new council

triangleSave Our Square takes fight to developers

triangleSocialists respond to shooting tragedies

triangleHomes for All - Not billionaire profit!

triangleTUSC plans to stand on Waltham Forest anti-monster block platform

Socialist:

triangleBradford Socialist Party: Socialism - those big questions

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: The state vs the organised working class

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: Art & Revolution

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: Environmental crisis - How can we stop it?

Protest:

triangleIsrael - Protest rally against the Nationality Law

triangleProtesting Trump's visit - action around the country

Councillors:

triangleBirmingham home carers strike

triangleKentish Road victory: Respite centre saved by determined campaign

Council:

triangleKirklees bin workers' strike forces management back

Homes:

triangleRents soar 60% faster than pay - while spivs plan luxury homes on Green Belt

London:

triangleLondon cleaners' coordinated strike

Socialist Party:

triangleA must-read for anyone fighting NHS cuts

East London:

triangleEast London Socialist Party: How socialism can save the environment

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition:

triangle'Vote Leave' fined: For a workers' Brexit

Waltham Forest:

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: The case for socialist nationalisation

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

8/8/18

PCS

Break the pay cap - the fight continues!

8/8/18

NHS

A must-read for anyone fighting NHS cuts

8/8/18

Worcester

Trade unions mobilise against EDL in Worcester

8/8/18

Tolpuddle

Tolpuddle festival: combative trade unionism and anticipation of general election

8/8/18

Shropshire

Shropshire NHS - fight the cuts to our services!

8/8/18

Socialist Party

Why I joined: "I saw the need for Corbyn to stand against the right"

8/8/18

London

London cleaners' coordinated strike

8/8/18

RMT

Bournemouth train guards' RMT strike

8/8/18

Napo

Take on probation privatisation with union action

8/8/18

PCS

Ministry of Justice workers angry at barrage of attacks

8/8/18

Far-right

A mass campaign and trade union organisation can defeat the far-right FLA

8/8/18

Kirklees

Kirklees bin workers' strike forces management back

8/8/18

NHS

NHS workers angry at reality of mis-sold 'pay rise'

7/8/18

London

Turn the heat on the bosses not the bus drivers!

7/8/18

Nuclear power

No to Tory plans for radioactive waste under national parks

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999