An act of mass public expression against the deepening economic crisis, dodgy bail-out, and the severe lack of economic assistance for ordinary people, is set to happen in the centre of Edinburgh on Friday the 24th.
The demonstration will gather at 5pm at the headquarters of HBOS where people will write down their anger, worries, and demands, and deposit them in a large black box. The demonstration will then proceed, with the black box in tow, down the royal mile to parliament, where the box will be left to be collected by parliament workers, without any speeches from MSP's or MP's.
Organisers say that this protest will not have VIP public speakers, and is not for a political party, or organisation. It is an opportunity for ordinary people to express their anger, worries and demands in this turbulent time of anxiety and uncertainty.
A huge number of people all over Edinburgh are angered by the government bail-out of the very banks which caused this crisis in the first place. People are angry that the greedy and irresponsible banks are rescued, while their jobs, pay, pensions, benefits, mortgages, homes and savings are all at risk of being cut or lost completely.
The HBOS headquarters is a fitting rally point. HBOS is in the process of merging with Lloyds TSB, and this merged "super-bank" will be the largest mortgage lender in the UK. As such it will own the majority of peoples mortgages: mortgages which are the subject of many peoples worries in this crisis. The "super-bank" will also be 43% publicly owned, with 2 directors on its board appointed by the treasury.
Organisers ask that people bring placards and banners, and bring pens and paper to assist other people in writing down their demands.
Gather 5pm: HBOS headquarters, top of the mound, near the High Court.
March off: 6.15pm march down the Royal Mile to Parliament
End: 6.45pm Scottish Parliament.