Occupy Cardiff story in Storify form

Posted on December 15, 2011

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  1. A growing group of people decide Cardiff should join the worldwide Occupy movement and set up a protest camp against social inequality. Running up to 11/11/11 there are various planning meetings. The occupation is advertised as a demonstration under the banner occupy Cardiff but there is a lot of discussion online about an occupation and it appears in the media.
  2. 11/11/11

    After planning meetings and a lot of discussion online, Occupy Cardiff try setting up camp outside Cardiff Castle.
  3. November 11, 2011 7:59:30 AM EST
  4. Leading up to the removal of the camp, deputy leader of the council Neil McEvoy visits the occupiers and asks them to consider moving to Callahan Square. Occupiers say the location is too out of view and accuse McEvoy of trying to hijack the camp for his own political motives.
  5. Torrential rain sets in and numbers are reduced. The camp is removed by police within hours. There are six arrests.
  6. November 11, 2011 1:59:17 PM EST
  7. Occupy Cardiff Eviction
    November 11, 2011 7:46:10 PM EST
  8. Many accounts are published on the internet of what happened.
  9. A series of meetings follow about the next step including one attended by deputy leader of the council Neil McEvoy.There are different versions of the meeting’s events of events.McEvoy has referred to ‘extremist elements’ in Occupy Cardiff in the media. However all Occupy Cardiff actions have been peaceful.
  10. Neil McEvoy escorted out of Tair Pluen after abusing Occupy Cardiff meeting
    December 13, 2011 1:40:10 PM EST
  11. 17/11/11Occupy Cardiff protest the removal of the camp from council owned land outside a council meeting at City Hall.
  12. Occupy Cardiff speaking with Labour Councillor Ramesh Patel outside City hall
    November 17, 2011 8:07:30 PM EST
  13. 18/11/11

    Reports are released saying the Archbishop of Wales has invited Occupy protestors to Llandaff Cathedral.

    The Cardiff group decide against going there for many reasons including the lack of visibility, away from the city centre.

  14. 19/11/11After a day of confusion Occupy Cardiff set up camp outside Transport House, home to trade unions and Welsh Labour, on Cathedral Road.
  15. November 23, 2011 9:16:49 AM EST
  16. Transport House is seen as a sanctuary and two days later Unite release a statement in support of the camp.
  17. November 20, 2011 5:49:06 AM EST
  18. 26.11.11

    In the week leading up to 26 November a group starting squatting the old Inland Revenue Building on Westgate Street under the banner of Occupy Cardiff.

    They announce their arrival to Occupy Cardiff: The Great Tax Invasion by having a banner drop and launching a blog.

    The name comes from a comment against tax avoidance by
    companies such as Vodafone.

  19. 28.11.11
    Two of the six arrested at Cardiff Castle on 11.11.11, aged 17 and 36, appear at Cardiff Magistrates Court. They will be tried in February 2012 after being
    charged under section 61 of the Criminal Justice Act.

  20. 30.11.11
    Occupy Cardiff joined the public sector strike day rally at City Hall and the march to the SWALEC stadium.

  21. November 30, 2011 7:24:44 AM EST
  22. 2.12.11
    Representatives from Occupy Cardiff: The Great Tax Invasion appear in court. A warrant is issued and the eviction is almost immediate – representatives say bailiffs and police and waiting outside the building while the result is being read out in court. No arrests were made. According
    to the group’s representatives, while the hearing was read out there were
    already police and bailiffs outside the building and it was evicted within an
    hour. It was the day before the Wales and Australia
    game at the Millennium Stadium, which is next door.

  23. Occupy Cardiff protesters removed from former Inland Revenue building
    December 2, 2011 11:51:51 AM EST
  24. Gail, one of the occupiers in the Great Tax Invasion, has since
    written an ‘open letter’ to the WRU. The blog has attracted many
    comments – those in support and those against.

  25. The Occupy Cardiff camp has received a lot of support from passers by and from donations.There have also been shouts of ‘get a job’ (although many occupiers have one), and other more reasoned criticisms.The debate has continued online.
  26. “theys all on benefits I expect”. Man on bus commenting on occupy cardiff.
    December 9, 2011 4:17:11 AM EST
  27. Hadn’t realised there was an occupy Cardiff movement outside the unite hq
    December 9, 2011 12:45:32 PM EST
  28. Visited the Occupy Cardiff site today to show support and tell them about Positive Money UK. They are taking a pummelling from the elements!
    December 8, 2011 10:53:44 AM EST
  29. @andrewtindall I know two college students who, if not for Occupy Cardiff, would be effectively homeless.
    December 11, 2011 8:23:41 AM EST
  30. With numbers still low as Christmas approaches and the Occupy Cardiff camp gets pummeled by the elements, it’s unclear what the future of the camp will but.

  31. starting to question how long Occupy Cardiff can stick it out in these fucking baltic conditions.
    December 13, 2011 4:25:43 AM EST
  32. Despite any criticism, Occupy Cardiff has had an effect on grassroots activism in Cardiff
    with people being involved in action who have never done anything like
    it before and different groups working together.