On Tuesday (July 26th 2016) evening, punk rock trio Wakrat, which features Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford, claimed Parliament Square in London as their own sovereign state in a protest designed to expose the failings of the current political system.
The three-piece exploited a technicality in micro nation law, arguing that the area is actually the property of medieval King Offa.
Hundreds of supporters descended on what was formerly known as Parliament Square to join in the protest, arriving via an iconic red London bus emblazoned with the phrase “#generationfucked”.
The area, now known as The Republic of Wakrat, have laid out a constitution that challenges the current elitist regime:
“This new state welcomes everyone of all ethnicities, backgrounds, genders, generations, sexualities, dis/abilities and faiths, and offers a fresh alternative to the current system – we stand for equality and free movement. The current system is oppressive and elitist, promoting racist ideologies in order to push a self-serving agenda whilst an entire generation is put in jeopardy. We condemn this behaviour and The Republic of Wakrat exists to expose it.”
You can sign up to become a citizen of the newly formed The Republic of Wakrat via the sovereign state’s official website (here).
The band’s self-titled debut album is set for release on November 11th 2016 (to coincide with the US election) via Earache Records. You can pre-order it now via iTunes (here), Amazon (here), or the label’s official webstore (here).