The Counter Olympics Network (CON) is a network of groups and individuals who have come together to organise around the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Counter Olympics Network links people and organisations critical of some or many aspects of the 2012 Games. We also want to hold the organisers of the Olympic Games to account, to ensure the promises made to the local people impacted on by the Games are kept.
We ask questions like:
- How can local communities resist and respond to the impact of the Games, both in the short and long term?
- How can the assumptions behind who benefits from the Olympics be publicly challenged?
- How can the corporate profiteering inherent to the Olympics be exposed and challenged?
- How can we take the opportunity to add London voices to those from other cities around the world who have challenged the Olympics, and further a growing critical perspective?
- the corporate takeover of the Games (with sponsors that profit from sweatshops, poison local people, pollute the planet, and so much more);
- the eviction of local people from their homes and businesses to make way for the Olympic sites, and prioritising the interests of global corporations at the expense of small businesses;
- the privatisation of public space;
- the introduction of repressive policing and surveillance in conjunction with the Games, and the use of the Games to promote acceptance of the militarisation of society (in particular – siting missile launchers on domestic roofs in East London, employing 42,000 private security staff on top of the vast police and military presence, increasing stop and search powers which target and alienate local young people, placing warships on the Thames and at Weymouth, and introducing preventive detention and ASBOs to intimidate peaceful anti-Olympics protesters);
- the threat to both the lives and livelihoods of Londoners caused by the VIP Lanes for dignitaries on London roads;
- the encouragement of nationalism, in contradiction to the supposed spirit of the Olympics;
- the sanctioning of gender apartheid in Olympic teams;
- the “body fascism” mentality in elite sport;
- the hypocrisy of a Paralympics sponsor, ATOS, which is also responsible for wrongly removing welfare payments from tens of thousands of people with disabilities;
- the multi-billion-pound expenditure, much of it on temporary facilities, and most of it unnecessary at a time of supposed austerity.
For more information about all that is wrong with the Olympics see here.
For more information about our regular organising meetings, please contact us.