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Earth Strike Oxford St rolling protest

Oxford St, London. Sat 18 Jan 2019



  The protest began with a stall at Oxford Circus, where people handed out fliers and collected signatures

  for a petition. Although many walked straight past and ignored the protest, quite a few took the fliers and

  some stopped to talk with the protesters and sign the petition. A few even bought the newspaper, 'Fight Racism,

  Fight Imperialism' that the Earth Strike protesters were selling.

  'Cuba Leads the Fight for Our Planet - Socialismo o Muerte'

  'Burn Capitalism NOT the Planet

  'Capitalism is Extinction Socialism is Survival - Revolutionary Communist Group'

 

  'The Earth is not dying it is being killed and the people who are killing it have names and addresses'

 

  People get ready to march along Oxford St to protest at a few of the businesses most responsible for the climate crisis.

  'Cancel Third World Debt Now - Save Our Earth'

  'Climate Change is a War of the Rich againstthe Poor'

  'Capitalism destroying our Earth for their Profits'

  A poster lists some of the things that would help to solve the global problem

 

 

  'Our government caused the Climate Crisis - It's time to make them fight it'

  The protest stopped outside HSBC

 

  and a speaker explained the many ways that the HSBC bank is financing climate chaos

  A man sits with his dog outside the bank and listens to the protest. One of London's many homeless

  Earth Strike march back to Oxford Circus

 

  and go to protest outside H&M

  The fashion industry is second only to oil in the contribution it makes to global warming

  We need to stop buying unnecessary clothing, make garments that last - and keep wearing them until they wear out

  On the protest Earth Strike chanted the slogan on this banner 'Climate Change is a War - Of the Rich against the Poor'

 

  A woman bangs a saucepan to draw attention to the protest as they cross the road to protest outside Microsoft

  Microsoft are involved in the plunder of the planet, people and resources particularly for minerals needed for

  electronic devices. Microsoft are named in a legal case against British multinational mining company Glencore

  by Congolese families whose children were killed or maimed mining cobalt used in smartphones, laptops etc.

 

 

  Inside Microsoft people are videoing a promotion of a wasteful and expensive car - and get a little extra on their soundtrack

  The next stop is outside mobile phone shop 'ee' also profiting from the resources plundered from the Congo

  and elsewhere - and which have led to bloody wars there and elsewhere in Africa.

  McDonalds are the world's largest user of beef, requiring huge areas of land, often cleared from forest and

  producing large amounts of greenhouse gases.

  One McDonald's customer came to argue with the protesters

 

  Zara is another fashion store on Oxford St.

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