Photos from J18 1999 Carnival Against Capitalism London
June 18 1999 Carnival Against Capitalism in the City of London
This now forgotten demo was the first of the recent wave of anti capitalist protests in the western world as far as I’m aware. It took place some time before the now legendary Prague and Seattle demonstrations.
Picture from (Daily Mirror I think) here
This and the next two photos from:
Katharine Ainger: the time is now for anti-capitalism
March 26, 2009
Interesting piece on the 10th anniversary of the anti-capitalist movement by author Katharine Ainger on today’s Comment is Free. How times catch up with you. I was at the original J18 “Carnival Against Capitalism” (right) in June 1999. It was one of my first assignments for The Guardian. Although, alas, the original seems to have been removed or lost from the database. Anyway Ainger states that in the face of a recession, the arguments of the anti-capitalists, far from being marginalised, are actually move valid than ever. She writes:
“The movement, which was essentially demanding democratic control over the global economy, wreathed summit after summit of the G8, the WTO and the World Bank with protest and teargas. It was wild, infuriating, diverse and sometimes incoherent, as only a network that encompasses indigenous peoples, radical environmentalists, workers and kids in hoodies could be. The movement was like the child in the crowd as the emperor of global neoliberalism wheeled by, pointing out that his cloaks were woven from financial fictions and economic voodoo.”
J18 hydrant party
Around 1pm on J18 day, a glorious English summer’s day, Lower Thames Street was closed and there was a party atmosphere.
Incredible scenes when a fire hydrant was opened, sending jets of water 30m in the air, techno pumping, everyone dancing. Party party party.
I clearly remember the determined look on the face of the spanner carriers and the serious intent & swift execution of the hydrant plan made me think that this wasn’t all some jolly street party. But then the spray went up and the music kicked in…