The revolution begins... in Brockley

One of the reasons we started this blog was to raise Brockley's profile among Londoners. But two years of churning out article after article has been eclipsed in a couple of weeks by the efforts of Brockley's own "Governmment of the Dead" - who have hogged the headlines from headquarters on Wickham Road, as we wrote last week.

Well now they have excelled themselves. Stealing a march on their brothers and sisters assembled in central London, Brockley's revolutionaries have barricaded Wickham Road, declaring it "The Brockley Anarchist Collective."

Several people have been in touch to explain what's going on. Apparently, the campaigners have taken barriers and building materials from nearby building sites including the Brockley Common redevelopment and the Geoffrey Road resurfacing. They have only been able to secure a small section of the street, nearest Lewisham Way but around 30 houses are now part of their brave new world. Police are at the scene and one BC reader described it as a "friendly standoff" at the moment. Residents are being allowed to come and go but only if they agree to "feed" the "four horses of the apocalypse" with money, which they have declared "valueless."

Meanwhile BBC and ITV local news are both planning to send crews to cover the story and have contacted BC to ask whether any local residents are willing to be interviewed for the piece. Please email us if you want to be put in touch.

We'll update you throughout the day as we get more details.

37 comments:

angelofthewest said...

oh hilarious. love it. Up the revolution !

help said...

It's not hilarious for me! I am in Wickham Road at the moment, and I have been trying to get to work for past 3 hours...but I am barricaded in by them, this is worse than the snow.
They may well have also jammed the phone lines as I can't call the emergency services. I have internet access only through the satellite dish.

peasoup said...

Erm, why calling the emergency services if the police are already there?

Hugh said...

Damnation. I'm sitting at work and all the action is at home!

Dancinbean said...

When I saw the comment about barricading the phone lines I suspected an April Fool's joke... is this definitely true?

Tressillian James said...
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Tressillian James said...

I think this may be an april's fool - sitting here at Tressillian I can hear sirens but isn't that normal for Lewisham

Hugh said...

Good spot. Nick, you got me!

Tamsin said...

On the matter of barricades - how many of you have read "Nightwatch" by the great and glorious Terry Pratchett?

not-so-quick brown fox said...

Gadzooks - you got me too.

Sarah said...

No, really, this must be an April Fool...

Anonymous said...

I'm still looking forward to the strip bar we were promised last year.

peasoup said...

I sure feel fooled

Bea said...

And there was I thinking all the action is at home whilst the City has more police than protestors right now! Had me fooled!

tyrwhitt ali said...

Is may just be me, but I think the little tank that the police have confiscated in the City is quite cute.

Brockley Nick said...

I'm glad I got a few of you - Hugh's scalp is perhaps the greatest prize.

:)

Anon - you got your strip bar in the end, it's just it's in New Cross.

Brockley Nick said...

PS - with thanks to "help" - I don't know who you are, but it certainly added to the theatre very nicely!

gullible said...

That's superb, well done. I may not have fallen for it if it wasn't for that professor on Wickham Rd who has been in the news, but that connection made it entirely credible.

I sent the link on to a few people I know, and they've also fallen for it, without exception.

max said...

Good one, I started doubting just towards the end. You got me too.

Anonymous said...

In other news, Broca to start selling Fried Chicken breakfasts.

Anonymous said...

Ratbag Says

Brilliant! had me fooled completely. Has anyone seen our local anarchist this morning? Or has he disappeared with his minions?

Anonymous said...

Anyone else enjoying the spectacle in town?

Headhunter said...

I just walked down to the edge of the Bank intersection. there didn't seem a lot going on, loads of people and police milling around. In fact the paparazzi and photographers seem to outnumber the activists

Anonymous said...

i trust this is an April Fools post???????

Brockley Jim

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Other other News:

Talbot to reopen as a pub....

Headhunter said...

Is that another April fool?

Bea said...

Went down to look in my lunch break and there seemed to be far more police, camera crews, photographers and bankers in jeans watching than protesters.

After the attach on RBS police prevented people from moving in and out of the police cordon for a couple of hours whether banker, journalist or protestor. One of the analysts here got stuck behind the cordon and wasn't able to get back to the office for a couple of hours.

Maradoll said...

Speaking of that nutty professor... I got a letter through the post last week that was a 5 page photocopied/typewriter produced diatribe on politics - and how I must write the queen to stop the problems in the UK.

Was that from him? Did anyone else get it too?

Bea said...

Had to walk through five lines of police last night just to get to Cannon Street! Walking past them dressed up in all that riot gear was the scariest part of the day.

Richard said...

This got me, but as I was reading it on the 2nd I'm going to excuse myself. A friend went to Bank to register his disapproval and ended up stuck behind the cordon for 3 hours - nothing much happened apparently, which is obviously what the police had hoped for, but at the cost of having a largely peaceful protest penned in indefinitely. The friend saw Chris Knight, but with few people with him and doing not much.

Bea said...

Just watched the video footage of the police beating Mr Tomlinson! I feel justified now for being so worried about crossing the police lines to get home.

If you look at the footage you can see a load of commuters caught up in the cordon too. Pleased I got home and not stuck there for hours on end 'cause I crossed a line I shouldn't have.

Headhunter said...

I was shocked by that too, the policeman literally comes from nowhere and just shoves him to the ground! It looks completely unprovoked.

One of my colleagues here got caught in the cordon as well. She came back from a meeting at Canary Wharf on eth DLR and was told that she had to get out at Bank and couldn't change to the Central Line, so then was thrown into the protests. She said the police wouldn't allow her out of the cordon even though she was clearly dressed in a suit with briefcase - hardly a G20 protester! In the end she managed to sneak out when they turned their backs.

Comment said...

Sorry Nick, could you delete my above comment as it hugely speculative and the matter is sub judice.

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