The feeding of the five hundred (wombles) – Battersea

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A top score of five out of five goes to The-Feeding-Of-The-Five-Hundred by the Battersea collective today.

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Information shared on Twitter by @Riotcleanup means #riotwombles gather with brooms and bin-bags at Clapham Junction, spending a couple of hours in the sunshine first while emergency services finish treating the crime scene

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Triangular ham + cheese and tuna sandwiches (with crusts trimmed, no less) provided by Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) are shared among hundreds of united riot Wombles gathered here at Clapham Junction.

Biscuits and BUNS (ok ‘fairy cakes’, there’ll be no arguing today) are washed down with water, juice and tea provided by locals and local shops, while staff from Jamie Oliver’s Recipease hand out bread loaves and Starbucks keeps the coffee and good-will flowing.

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Tea + refreshments and bunting too


BAC picnic boxes to share

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Bread and brooms

Amid cheers of “Broo-oom! Broo-oom!” to Boris Johnson (mistakenly reported by the press as Boo! Boo! and other such heckles), the crowd reciprocates Boris’s entertainment factor with a chanting of “Broom army”.

And before you know it, the picnic and – albeit superficial – clean-up is done. For now.

Last night (and preceding nights and still nights to come) was pants. Rioters have yet to state what it is they really want to achieve.

But for today, the sun shines, there’s an incredible sense of solidarity and even humour amid the despair.

This is a great community.

Further info
~ LoveBattersea.Org
~ Battersea Arts Centre (BAC)
~ Broom Army greets Boris with shouts of Broo-oom! Broo-oom!
~ Riot Cleanup London – Twitter profile
~ riot Wombles – Twitter profile
~ Get Real Rioters – fearless woman in Hackney
~ London Burns – Economist article, 9 Aug

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