Today in Glasgow a diverse group occupied the Gordon St branch of RBS in protest at the cuts being imposed on us all, while corporations continue to bring in huge profits and boardroom salaries continue to sky rocket.
We stayed in for over an hour, with several outside to let the passers-by know what was going on inside. The bank remained open, so that whilst the front door was semi closed, with security guards barring the way, staff escorted some customers in. This allowed us to discuss the issues with them, and there were very few who disagreed with us. Two even joined us in the protest!
Here's the press release (written by someone else) :
We are occupying this bank to challenge the greed and criminality of
the UK casino banking system. With the full support of a government
bail-out, the banking system has stolen £200 billion from future
public services, bringing austerity to millions of people in the UK
and beyond. We stand united against these cuts.
We call on people everywhere to oppose the ongoing and soon to be
accelerated destruction of the universal welfare state and public
services. We call on people everywhere to campaign through non-violent
direct action in order to reverse the violent cuts to necessary
services that the Lib-Con government is proposing.
The proposed cuts will cause social and economic misery to millions of
people, deepen already gross inequalities in the UK, and sharpen
social divides. We do not accept that the solution to the crisis
caused by capitalism is more capitalism! This occupation by Citizens
United Against Cuts is the start of citizens saying NO to the
destruction of communities by greedy bankers and their coalition
We are not fooled by the lie that we are ‘all in it together’. The
poor will suffer the most, while the rich will avoid the pain. We are
here today to declare our resistance to the proposed cuts, and to show
that punitive social measures will be met with citizens taking direct
action - united against enforced austerity.