Counter Olympics Network


July 28th Counter Olympics March in Bow!

The Counter Olympics Network staged a mass rally through Bow in East London on Saturday 28th July attended by around 1000 people bringing together over 50 organisations representing many different concerns about the Olympics, including corporate campaigns against Olympic sponsors like Dow, G4S, BP, Rio Tinto, Atos and Adidas and local campaigns over the seizure of land at Leyton Marsh, Greenwich Park and Wanstead Flats, the closure of tow paths and the placing of missiles on blocks of flats and in parks. Trade unions and campaigns against the cuts protested against the misuse of resources while representatives from NoSochi2014 and RioOnWatch made this an international occasion.

The march was followed by speeches, plays, poetry and performances, notably dancing by the Circassian NoSochi campaigners and a performance by Reclaim the Bard. The Vancouver Poverty Olympics Torch, which was kindly provided by Vancouver activists, was passed on to the NoSochi group to continue to provide a focus of protest against the bloated circus that is the Olympics.

The front of the march…

..on the road..

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Counter Olympics Torch Relay – Second Leg – A Beautiful Day!

This historic and iconic Counter Olympics Torch Relay completed its milestone second leg, this time around Hackney before ending at Leyton Marsh. The torch, sent by Vancouver Counter Olympics protesters, will shortly depart with the NoSochi2014 team to continue its epic journey around the world representing hope for all those for whom the Olympics has become a symbol of repression, eviction, greed and arrogance.

The torch started from the cafe in Clissold Park

getting ready…

first relay team…

out on the road…

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Final arrangements for march and event on July 28th

To provide clarity on present arrangements: it has now been agreed we should be allowed to use Bow Road for the march, and the authorities will manage the situation should the Alternative Olympic Route in Bow Road come into effect. Assemble at 12noon on the Millennium Bridge, which crosses Mile End Road and is in Mile End Park just west of Mile End tube station. Tower Hamlets has also modified its line on the use of Wennington Green, so we will be holding a post-march event there as planned. So for anyone thinking of going to the end point, go to Wennington Green not Victoria Park as Tower Hamlets refused to allow us to use Victoria Park.

Mile End is on the Central, District and Hammersmith & City lines. For disability access there is no lift at Mile End Tube. Buses to Mile End are 25, 205, 425, 339, 277, D6 and D7. To get to Wennington Green the nearest tube is Mile End and buses are 8, 425, 339, 277 and D6.

We see no reason why there should be any difficulties which might require the authorities to intervene in a peaceful march or a family friendly event which will include children’s face painting as well as speeches. We believe the very substantial body of opinion which is unhappy with the Olympics should be allowed to express itself on this march and in Wennington Green just as those who wish to watch the Games on the big screens will be free to enjoy Victoria Park.

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Upcoming Counter-Olympics Events

Upcoming Counter-Olympics Events:

27 July: Counter Olympics Torch Relay-Hackney

27 July: BARAC Alternative Opening Ceremony-Stratford

27 July: Grunts for the Arts Closing Ceremony

28 July: THE BIG ONE

31 July:  Save Leyton Marsh Comedy Benefit

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Counter Olympics Torch Relay – 2nd Leg – Hackney: Clissold Park to Leyton Marsh

We are proud to announce the second leg of the historic Counter Olympics Protest Torch Relay which will be run on Friday 27th July. The iconic Vancouver Poverty Olympics Torch will make its journey around the streets of Hackney starting from the cafe in Clissold Park, Stoke Newington Church Street and ending at Leyton Marsh, the scene of recent ODA depredations. The relay is dedicated to those who were imprisoned and who received ASBOs, fines or restrictions on their movements in response to their peaceful attempts to prevent the ODA and Waltham Forest Council breaking planning law.

The relay will start at 2pm from the cafe in Clissold Park and will take approximately one hour to complete its journey to Leyton Marsh where it will be welcomed by Save Leyton Marsh campaigners. Anyone planning to participate should aim to arrive at the cafe at 1.30pm. If you are travelling by public transport the best bus to get to Clissold Park is the 393 which goes past Highbury and Islington Station The route for the relay will run along Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington High St and Road, Kingsland High Street, Dalston Lane, Amhurst Road, Mare Street, Richmond Road, London Fields, Broadway Market, Tow Path to Victoria Park, Lauriston Road, Well Street, Morning Lane, Ponsford Street, Homerton High Street, Brooksby’s Way, Chatsworth Road, Lea Bridge Road, Middlesex Wharf to Leyton Marsh.

Come and cheer the runners as they pass your street!


map1 beginning and end

and map2 middle section

Please note there may be changes to the route on the day.

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July 28th March – Change to end point, now Wennington Green not Victoria Park

This is to inform anyone who may be planning to go straight to Victoria Park on July 28th and who is not yet aware of the change to the end point of the Counter Olympics Demonstration against the Corporate Olympics. Instead of Victoria Park the march will be ending at Wennington Green which is on the corner of Roman Road and Grove Road. Tower Hamlets refused to allow us to use Victoria Park but offered Wennington Green instead.

Watch this space for further updates!

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Whose Games? Whose City?


12 noon, Saturday 28 July
Assemble Mile End Park, East London.

March to Wennington Green for People's Games for All (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF FINAL DESTINATION)

A family-friendly protest. More details and press release

@counterOlympics twitter action

London Takes Gold

A struggle to survive: dedicated to Leyton Marsh

LONDON OLYMPICS Lost Opportunities

Olympics: This Is Not A War Zone

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Solidarity T-shirts! Sold in support of the Save Leyton Marsh Campaign. Different colours and sizes. Contact us if you would like some/one.

From the Anti-Olympics poster competition!

Don’t Buy It, by Regime

‘Out damn logo!’ The Reclaim Shakespeare Company