365.360° Day 120: Tuesday 1 November
Since the middle of October, Occupy Glasgow have set up camp in Glasgow city centre’s iconic George Square, directly opposite City Chambers, the headquarters of Glasgow City Council.
Today, the council handed the camp’s residents an eviction notice. At the time of writing it looks likely the protesters will peacefully comply with GCC’s wishes to allow for Remembrance Day commemorations to take place in the square later in the month.
After this morning’s news of the eviction notice broke (and a nice coincidence of having my first meeting of the day right on George Square), I found a few minutes to head over, have a chat and take a few shots.
All the people I met there were incredibly friendly, warm, welcoming, passionate, intelligent and extremely committed. It was a pleasure spending time in their company and hearing them talk about their campaign and their concerns.
Paddy is one of the key figures in the Occupy Glasgow movement.
An architectural engineer who has struggled for work and came close to financial ruin since the start of the economic downturn, Paddy has been inspired to become heavily involved in the Occupy movement both by his own situation and that of several friends who have lost jobs, suffered depression as a consequence, or have been unpaid or ripped-off while the ones exploiting their businesses continue to prosper financially.
Andrew comes to the square as often as he can to show his support, play his bongo and keep the spirits of the camp high.
He worries that violence is likely to be seen on Britain’s streets once again – and in a more dramatic and damaging form than the riots of August 2011 – if government, large multi-national corporations and the super rich won’t do more than they are at present to create a society with greater financial equality.
Paddy chats to a group of visitors at the camp. Katie (right) is 17 and has just lost her part-time minimum-wage job at a restaurant. As a consequence Katie has had to quit her college course in photography, move in with her parents, and now feels lost and unsure what to do next.
She has been told she is not eligible for benefits while living with her family and can’t find another job. She came to the camp as she feels there is nothing else she can do at this stage, wants to get involved and use the free time she now has to affect change.
N.B. I know I’ve broken with the convention of “a photo a day” with these four images in one post but, hey, some things are just more important.