Now You Can “Officially” Protest the 2012 Olympics!

The 2012 Olympics® is a serious  branding fest, and what better way to show corporate compliance than with an official tee shirt that satirically supports protesting the greenwashed London Olympics®–and provides you with a link to apply for official tickets to protest.

Created by the anarchitects Space Hijackers, the tee shirt mocks the glut of official merch stamped with the ghastly London Olympics® logo and the UK government’s first court order to ban an Occupy activist from the Olympic Games®.

Space Hijackers explain their reasons for protesting the London 2012 Olympics® include poor employment practices, lack of affordable housing after the Olympics, toxic waste, unethical sponsors, and inability of Londoners to get to their jobs because of VIP traffic routes created by the 2012 Summer Games®, and that the Summer Games®:

will certainly be promoting many things through its corporate sponsorship deals. LOCOG are interested in protecting their benevolent sponsors but seem to have little interest in anyone else’s freedom of speech or expression, even handing out ASBO’s to anyone opposing the games. Their crack team of branding Police will be enforcing laws expecially drawn up for the olympics which are far more stringent than any other copyright law. With everything from an “Official chocolate bar of the Olympic Games” through to banning anyone using the words “olympics”, “2012″, “Summer Games” “Twenty Twelve” and many more, the games is more than anything an experiment in extending corporate control of social life.

London’s Burning. Riots Spread to Liverpool, Bristol, Nottingham and Birmingham

The BBC reports the deployment of 1,700 police in London where looting and fires continue for a fourth day. There have been 334 arrests, including three people who were arrested for attempted murder of a police office when they struck the officer with their car. CNN reports running battles between gangs of youth and police and are stretched thin.

Prime Minister David Cameron has returned abruptly from his Italian vacation to deal with spreading violence. He will chair the government’s emergency committee Cobra to discuss the riots and meet Home Secretary Theresa May and Metropolitan Police Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin. Boris Johnson, mayor of London, also cut short his vacation in North America is expected to arrive Tuesday morning.

In London, cars were smashed, fires set and stores looted by men, women and groups of teenagers as young as 14. Shops have been stripped of foods, clothes and other goods.

Acting Metropolitan police commissioner Tim Goodwin made a direct appeal to parents to get their children off the streets.

A police station in Birmingham was set ablaze, and 100 people arrested in violent looting (including a Louis Vuitton store), while in Nottinghamshire a police station was attacked and 200 tires set alight in the street. In Bristol police arrested 150 for rioting and looting..

The riots began during a march protesting the shooting death of a man by police, and are in a large part a reaction to cuts in public services, a downturn in the economy and joblessness.

photo: screenshot from CNN. Riot police in Hackney approach a looted supermarket.

Malcolm McLaren: DEAD!

Last night PIL played on Jimmy Kimmel. Today, the New York Times announced that Malcom McLaren, the man behind the Sex Pistols–and Adam & the Ants and BowWowWow–has died of mesothelioma at a hospital in Switzerland.  He was 64.

McLaren had managed the New York Dolls as that great glam band fell apart, and on his return to London, where he and his girl friend at the time Vivienne Westwood ran a clothing shop called Sex, the budding impressario put together the Sex Pistols.

Boom! Punk rock! The world changed for millions of us. Goodbye Malcolm. And thank you.


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