Monday, 30 January 2012
OCCUPY THANET SETS UP CAMP IN MARGATE
The Occupy movement has come to Thanet with a spectacular occupation outside
's most famous new art gallery. Kent
Members of the newly formed protest group set up camp outside the Turner Contemporary Gallery on Friday January 27th with tents and banners.
Their aim, they say, is to draw attention to injustice on a national and local level. One member stated: “Occupy Thanet was set up in response to the many Occupy movements that are taking place across the world.
“We are told that we are in a recession and we have to pay with cutbacks and sacrifices. But this is not a recession – this is a robbery. The banks have stolen billions of pounds which we are expected to repay.
“This Occupation is a chance for people in Thanet to make their voices heard and to make a stand against the cuts and injustices both globally and locally.”
Initially, Turner staff tried to stop the occupation and the police were called, but the police confirmed the protestors were breaking no law by taking up their position outside
’s high profile art gallery. Margate
Retired health worker Filiz McNamara said “I’m very concerned about the ongoing cuts to the health service which will make the inequalities in Thanet much worse. I completely support the aims of the Occupy movement who are calling attention to the terrible injustices in our society.”
Visitors to the camp have included the mayor of
, Iris Johnson, and local Tory MP Roger Gale. Margate
Jon Snow, the Channel Four news presenter attending the Turner for the opening of a new exhibition, also visited the occupation and talked to the protestors.
Local traders have given Occupy members food and many passersby have expressed their support.
For more information, visit the Occupy Thanet site just outside the Turner Contemporary art gallery on
sea front. Margate