Tottenham remembers Mark Duggan
Tottenham, London. Sat 6 Aug 2016
The procession made its way through back streets to
the police station
A procession from Broadwater Farm to a rally outside Tottenham Police
Station, part of a day of activities organised by Tottenham Rights & Mark
Duggan Justice Campaign five years after Mark Duggan's death remembers his
death and those of other members of the Tottenham community killed by police
- Cynthia Jarrett, Joy Gardener, Roger Sylvester, Mark Duggan and Jermaine
It marked the 5th anniversary of the police response which sparked the 2011
Tottenham riots and the anger of the community at the many deaths at the hands
of the police was palpable. Although most of those who have died in Tottenham
were black, police have also killed white people, and the police and authorities
generally collude in the covering up of deaths. The initial police reaction
seems often to be to lie to protect colleagues, issuing blatant lies to the
press intended to tarnish the character of the victims. Evidence is seldom
collected properly, officers are not questioned, CCTV cameras are found not
to have been working, officers are allowed to resign rather than face disciplinary
procedures, inquests are delayed...
The body charged with investigating complaints against the police, the IPCC
is widely seen as unfit for purpose, staffed largely by former police who
often seem reluctant to investigate their former colleagues.
Only the most determined, organised and forceful campaigns have made any headway
against the system, often having to do themselves what should have been done
by police. The most succesful so far has been the Rigg family campaign led
by Marcia Rigg, which finally managed to get an inquest verdict four years
after his death that police had used "unsuitable and unnecessary force"
on Rigg, had failed to uphold his basic rights and that police failings "more
than minimally" contributed to his death.
In 2012 an external review had been set up into the IPCC investigation and
concluded concluded that the IPCC committed a series of major blunders and
that there had been "inappropriate conduct" by the Police Federation
of England and Wales. But despite what seems clear evidence of perjury, the
CPS decided not to prosecute - and recently the IPCC was been notified by
the CPS that it has decided no officers will face charges in relation to the
death of Sean Rigg.
It is hardly surprising given cases such as this - and the contradictory evidence
in the Mark Duggan inquest and other high-profile cases that large sections
of the community have little confidence in the police and the justice system.
And as they chanted repeatedly on the march and at the rally, " No Justice,
Hiroshima Day 71st Anniversary
London, UK. 6th August 2016
The Mayor of Camden comes to lay a wreath at the commemorative
London CND held a ceremony in memory of the victims, past and present
on the 71st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and
the second atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki three days later.
After a number of speeches and performances there was a two minute's silence
during which the Mayor of Camden and others laid flowers around the commemorative
Black Lives Matter London
Altab Ali Park. Whitechapel, London. Fri 5 Aug 2016
Protesters hold up posters at the rally in Altab Ali
Park, named for a man killed in a racist attack
Five years and a day after the killing of Mark Duggan a large crowd met
in Altab Ali Park in East London to commemorate the many UK victims of state
violence, including Duggan, Sarah Reed, Mzee Mohammed, Jermaine Baker, Sean
Rigg, Leon Patterson, Kingsley Burrell and over 1500 others, disproportionately
black, since 1990.
The event was called by BLMUK, a community movement of activists from across
the UK who believe deeply that #BlackLivesMatter but are not affiliated with
any political party. They called for justice and an end to racialised sexism,
classism and homophobia and a new politics based on community defence and
resilience. I left the rally when those present split into four large groups
to discuss future community organisation in North, South, East and West London.
Foil Vedanta at mining giant's AGM
Ironmonger Hall, London, UK. Fri 5 Aug 2016
Police stop Samarendra Das and the Vedanta Monster at
the entrance to the Ironmongers Hall
Campaigners from Foil Vedanta protest at the Vedanta AGM in London, contining
the fight by communities around the world against the mining giant, 69% owned
by billionaire chairman Anil Agarwal and his family with a noisy protest outside
and some holding shares went in to attend the meeting and ask questions.
The company was found guilty of water pollution in Zambia poisoning up to
40,000 people in 2006, and vast taxation frauds have been uncovered. In India
they lost a ten year battle to mine the Niyamgiri mountain, sacred to an vulnerable
indigenous community, for bauxite but are lobbying the Modi government to
reverse the decision.
Vigil for murdered care home victims
Japanese Embassy, London. Thu 4 Aug 2016
A man from the embassy shakes hands after accepting
Disabled people and supporters from DPAC, Inclusion London and People
First hold a vigil outside the Japanese embassy in London to mourn disabled
brothers and sisters murdered in a care home at Sagamihara near Tokyo for
Many of the mourners wore black and there were calla lilies for each of the
19 killed in the attack in which 26 others were injured by a former employee
who killed them because they were disabled. Representatives from the embassy
came out to accept the flowers and expressions of condolence.
Guantanamo solidarity with Chelsea Manning
US Embassy, London. Thu 4 Aug 2016
London Guantánamo Campaign protests the torture
by solitary confinement of Chelsea Manning
The London Guantánamo Campaign protest at the US Embassy and Marble
Arch calling for the release of the remaining 76 prisoners still held in the
prison camp and in solidarity with Chelsea Manning who faces lengthy solitary
confinement after her suicide attempt last month.
US Army officials have denied her access to psychological services and instead
charged her with a series of bizarre 'administrative offenses' which are expected
to result in further indefinite solitary confinement - considered by the UN
as a form of torture.
Richmond, London. 3 Aug 2016
Crown property in Richmond - there was once a royal
We met my younger son and his family for a picnic on Richmond Green and then
a short walk to a cafe where we had some cake and coffee. I took a few pictures
on the walk.
London, August 2016
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