UK Occupy camps gather in Edinburgh – FSRN

Posted on 24/12/2011 by


My latest radio piece was for Free Speech Radio News, an independent news cast that goes out to community radio stations across America.

Last weekend delegates from Occupy Camps around the UK gathered in Edinburgh for a conference – the second national UK conference of it’s type – to discuss the challenges facing their camps, and to brainstorm positive ideas to tackle them. They met and stayed in the building formerly occupied by the Forest Cafe, which had been squatted for three weeks and re-opened as a “People’s Cafe.”

There were some serious issues – particularly the pressure which many of the camps are feeling from people with alcohol ,drug and mental health problems who are being attracted to the camps. But there was also a great sense of positive energy at the conference, a desire to learn from mistakes and share experience.