After some controversy about the Occupation Glasgow camp as highlighted in THIS ARTICLE I was contacted by two women claiming to be onsite. One agreed to write a piece about her experience there and a reaction to the piece on Mhairi's blog.
To be clear - this article is not a statement of SSP Campsie, or the SSP's stance on the Occupy Glasgow camp; nor is the original De-Occupy post by Mhairi. Both are part of an on going dialogue.
I'm afraid I cannot make an official statement without the rest of the group.
I can only give you permission to use this if printed in its entirety.
I can say that ANYONE reported to have broken the safer spaces policy will be expelled,with immediate effect, with police force if necessary.
Certain elements made themselves known in a meeting on Friday. The core group took a weekend off to gather thoughts together and deal with this problem. We also realised that although many had agreed and voted for the implementation of the the safer spaces policy, not everyone followed it.
These people are not welcome in our occupation. Although this will make the occupation smaller, it will make it stronger.
With regards to the article......
If the article had shown only concern about safety at the camp and greater concerns about misogyny in society I could support it fully,many of us share the same concerns, but unfortunately there was too much salacious and untrue copy with regards to the incident that happened here last week.
Those of us with greater knowledge of the incident were appalled. I do however think aside from that most points raised in the article were fair, and as a feminist I'd be inclined to agree, but unfortunately for me those observations were negated by many untrue statements elsewhere in the article.
I commend Mhairi for writing the article passionately, her knowledge of feminist ethics is made clear by some of the language used.
I would only suggest she fact checked before publishing, this would have saved a great deal of upset and hurt on both sides, as a writer I understand the immediacy of publishing an article of this nature as soon as possible, but this was not the time. It was very upsetting to everyone concerned.
We would like to show solidarity with all groups in Glasgow, but direct attacks from various political and social organisations have made this difficult, we hope that in the spirit of solidarity we can encourage those responsible to now help, instead of hate.
A female occupier