British campaigners are to hold a demonstration on the doorstep of the 2012 Olympic Games to protest the government’s turning of the games into a showcase for corporate, financial and military power at a time people are crushed by sweeping austerity measures.
The umbrella organization Counter Olympics Network (CON) has organized the protest planned between Mile End and Victoria Park in East London on the second day of the games on July 28 in what another anti-Games hub, Our Olympics, hopes to become “the greatest act of non-violent civil disobedience of our time.”
CON said the games have been organized by “an arrogant elite of career politicians and millionaires” who have spent £12 billion of the taxpayer money to “broadcast their vision of a neoliberal world run by the corporations and the rich.”
“Out rulers have turned the London 2012 Olympics a showcase for class privilege, corporate power and their so-called ‘war on terror’,” CON said.
“While cutting welfare, privatizing the NHS, bailing out the banks, they plan to use the games to trumpet the message that austerity Britain is content and open for business,” it added.
The London Olympic Games are centered at Olympic Park in east London and will be held between July 27 and August 12.
The Games have been plagued with embarrassing revelations about its sponsors.
reported earlier this month that the German sportswear manufacturer which is given the contract for making the clothing for the London 2012 Olympics has been slaving Indonesian workers.
The paper said the clothing are “being manufactured for Adidas in sweatshop conditions in Indonesia, making a mockery of claims by London 2012 organizers that this summer’s Games will be the most ethical ever.”
The report revealed workers at nine Indonesian factories Adidas is using to produce Olympic shoes and clothing have been working up to 65-hour for weeks for a tiny £0.35 an hour.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International rapped the government earlier this week for accepting American chemical giant Dow Chemical as the sponsor for the £7 million decorative wrap that will sheathe London's Olympic Stadium.
Dow Chemical faces a £1.1 billion compensation lawsuit by the Indian Supreme Court over the 1984 Bhopal gas leak disaster in India.
“Dow Chemical, a sponsor of this year's Olympic Games, owns the company responsible for the Bhopal gas leak which killed 7,000 to 10,000 people immediately, and a further 15,000 in the following twenty years,” Amnesty International said.
“But Dow has never addressed the ongoing human rights impact of the catastrophe it caused,” the human rights group added.
This comes as the chairman of the London Olympic organizing committee Sebastian Coe is now at the center of investigations over allegations that he was involved in selling Olympic tickets on the black market for profit in more than 50 countries.
The allegations against Coe are also at the center of the Counter Olympics Network’s campaign for their protest.
“We do not consent to austerity, privilege and profiteering. We reject [Prime Minister David] Cameron and Coe’s corporate games,” CON said.