SOLD to Greedy Investors: Royal Concert Hall, City Chambers and the Gallery of Modern Art
Sara Cowan Campaigns and Activism Co-ordinator
11th Dec 2012
Guest Blog by Laura Kerr, Glasgow Campaigns Group Coordinator
On Saturday, the Oxfam Glasgow Campaigns Group auctioned off some of Glasgow's best known landmarks as part of Oxfam's weekend of action on land grabs.
In an attempt to highlight to passers-by the cruel and unfair reality of land grabs, we grabbed the steps of the Royal Concert Hall and 'sold' it to our very own greedy investor. Sold signs were placed in front of the building and volunteers taped off an area where people could not go.
Individuals passing were quite surprised when we told them they could not pass us on the steps and stopped to ask what was happening. We recreated an auction with our greedy investor and dissenters, 'selling' off the Royal Concert Hall, Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow City Chambers and the Gallery of Modern Art. Many were shocked that land could be 'sold' so easily, with investors refusing to listen to our dissenters who highlighted the importance of the land to themselves, their families and the local community.
Many people who stopped to watch our auction asked the same question: "What is the land going to be used for now then?" Explaining that we wanted to flatten the land to grow crops for biofuels caused outrage among passers-by. They were astonished when we explained that 60% of land deals in the last decade have been used for this purpose; agricultural land being used to make fuel to run one billion cars when one billion people go to bed hungry every night.
The Glasgow Campaigns Group hope many more people in Glasgow now understand the seriousness of this situation - they certainly didn't like being evicted off the land they use!
Please ask your MP to make sure the UK Government stands up to the World Bank in asking them to put large land deals on hold while higher standards for investors are created click here to take action.