Thom Yorke & Massive Attack Join & Discuss Occupy Movement

A day after London Police deem Occupy protestors "terrorists," the Radiohead frontman joins in solidarity.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

Flying in the face of a new London Police ruling classifying Occupy protestors as terrorists, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and Massive Attack‘s 3D del Naja joined the ranks of the city's peaceful demonstrators – or “Occupy terrorists,”  as they're now called – Tuesday at a party for Occupy London.

The two hugely influential musicians performed a DJ set in the basement of an abandoned office building once owned by multinational investment banking firm UBS, celebrating with holiday cheer among the besieged protestors. This video, in addition to showing all the trappings of a typical Christmas gathering, features an interview with Yorke and 3D discussing the Occupy movement. It's recommended viewing:

Earlier this week, London Police announced that it has classified Occupy London protesters as terrorists, enabling authorities to hunt and prosecute dissenters from the corporatocracy as rigorously as someone who would fly planes into skyscrapers.

The new documentation, deeming non-violent, protesting Londoners as national threats is called “Terrorism/extremism update for the City of London business community,” and according to The Guardian “included a detailed account of recent and upcoming Occupy London activities and was sent to ‘trusted partners’ in the area.”

Countless artists and public figures have spoken out in support of the Occupy movement since its beginning on September 17, with several making personal appearances and even performing at the gatherings. Read words of support from Roger WatersTom Morello & Immortal Technique, an incendiary poem by Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha and an essay on what it means to inform and involve yourself by Far frontman Jonah Matranga.

For further information on Occupy's motivations, check out an essay of mine on Media Roots from October, when the movement was just beginning to gain real steam and the media blackout dam on the protests was beginning to show signs of cracking.