Blair lied, Millions Died - Chilcot

QE2 Conference Centre, London. We 6 Jul 2016

A protester in a Blair mask raises his bloodstained hands - even if Blair himself is still in denial
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Anti-war protesters outside the QEII Centre on the morning the Chilcot report was being published demanded that Tony Blair who lied and deceived MPs and the British people to wage an illegal war on Iraq should be impeached as a war criminal.

The report, published after a 7-year delay, confirmed most of what anti-war protesters have long said about Blair, and even revealed some new areas where Blair misled public and Parliament. It confirmed that the decision to go to war had been taken many months in advance between Bush and Blair. Protesters now demand that Blair be put on trial as a war criminal.

Among the speakers was MP Caroline Lucas, who had been reading the huge report since being allowed access at 8am. The protest started with a naming of a few of the dead, with people coming up to read 5 names of UK forces and 5 of Iraqi civilians who died because of the war. It was only a token gesture, as over a million Iraqis are generally acknowledged to have lost their lives, and was ended iwth a longer speech by SNP MP George Kerevan.

Among others taking part in the event were several from Veterans for Peace, veteran peace protester Bruce Kent, CDN Chair Kate Hudson, comedian Jeremy Hardy and Stop the War Convenor Lindsey German. Among the more vocal protesters were a number from Global Women's strike, and there was some street theatre involving two men with Blair and Bush masks and very bloody hands (and a lot of oil revenues) with two judges in wigs and red robes.

Police made a nuisance of themselves by insisting on keeping the minor road by the side of the QE2 where the protest was being held open to traffic in both directions, although there was very little actual traffic and it would have caused hardly any disruption to close it. Neither pavement on either side was really wide enough for the number of protesters, and photographers certainly resented the unnecessary orders to get off the road that police repeatedly made.

There was one small incident where protesters objected to a pro-Israel religious fanatic dancing Irish jigs to loud music and disrupting the protest. He attends many protests and makes a nuisance of himself. Eventually police did persuade him to move a few yards away done the street to avoid clashing with the protest, but only after some loud arguments with police by protesters.
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NUT Strike Day Rally

Parliament Square, London, Tue 5 Jul 2016

An NUT steward wears a lifebelt on her head next ot a giant picture of Nicky Morgan

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NUT members hold a rally in Parliament Square after their march through London on the day of their strike against cuts in government funding and the increasing deregulation of teachers' pay and conditions through the increasing pressure on schools to become academies.

Speakers included John McDonnell MP and Kevin Courtney, Acting General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers.
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NUT Strike Day March

London, UK. Tue 5 Jul 2016

Marchers at Piccadilly Circus
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NUT members taking strike action against cuts in government funding and the increasing deregulation of teachers' pay and conditions through the increasing pressure on schools to become academies march through London from the BBC to a rally in Parliament Square.

The starting point was chosen as the BBC in the hope that the BBC might notice that teachers were striking and give some coverage to the march. It did get a little coverage, but nothing that really discussed the real issues behing teacher and parent discontent. Conservative policies are aimed at breaking up the system, and are partly based on previous failed Labour policies.
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Supporters Stand Up for Israel

US Embassy, London. Sun 3 Jul 2016

'Peace Not Hate' stated the placards, but there seemed to be a lot of hate directed at the Al Quds marchers
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Sussex Friends of Israel, Zionist Federation and the Israel Advocacy Movement hold their 'It’s Time To Stop The Hate: Stand With Israel,' rally close to the US embassy as a counter-demonstration to the annual Al Quds Day march in London which calls for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Several hundreds of people waved Israeli flags, shouted and held placards calling for 'Peace Not Hate' as the march arrived, with large numbers of police keeping the two groups apart. There was loud and extremely angry shouting when they saw the anti-Zionist Neturei Karat Jews standing facing them from a wall in front of the embassy.

Earlier a small group carrying Israeli flags had harassed the Al Quds Day march on its march to the embassy through London, but had been kept at a slight distance by police.
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Al Quds Day March

London. Sun 3 Jul 2016

As usual the marchers were joined by anti-Zionist Jews
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The annual Al Quds Day march in London calls for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Several thousand Palestinians and Muslims from around the country, as well as activists for Palestinian freedom and Neturei Karta Orthodox Jews who reject Zionism and the Israeli state marched from the BBC to a rally at the US Embassy.

A few supporters of Israel tried to protest against the march, holding Israeli flags and shouting at the marchers, but police kept them away.

Outside the embassy they were met by loud opposition from several hundred supporters of Israel, who claimed to be standing for peace, and who shouted particularly loudly at the anti-Zionist Jews when they stood on a wall facing them from a distance. Clearly both the pro-Israel protesters and the Neturei Karta Jews were shouting anti-semitic comments at each other.
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Arms dealers out of LT Museum

London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, London. Sun 3 Jul 2016


CAAT members protest at Thales using the LT Museum for arms sales
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London Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) picket the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden demanding it end its sponsorship by the twelfth largest arms company in the world, Thales, which supplies missiles, drones and other military products, and has sold to repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia, Russia, Colombia, Kazakhstan and the UAE.
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Jo Cox banner of love

Parliament Sq, London. Sun 3 Jul 2016
People write tributes on the board in Parliament Square
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Few of those coming to write on the board remembering Jo Cox will actually have heard of her before her tragic death, but the cold-blooded murder outside her constituency office has affected all of us through the media reports. Clearly she was a woman who came into Parliament to do what she could for the people she knew and for the area she had grown up in, soemthing fairly rare in politics these days.

In particular she will be remembered for her support for refugees, speaking up for them in Parliament when many older and more established MPs held their breath or voted against them, either because they lacked compassion or were scared of antagonising some of their racist constituents.
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16-17 Year olds demand the vote

Trafalgar Square to Parliament Sq, London. Sun 3 Jul 2016
Protesters make their way down Whitehall
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Several hundred protesters, mainly 16-17 year-olds, met in Trafalgar Square on Sunday morning to express their outrage at not being allowed to vote, particularly following the EU referendum, which will impact their future most and where a vote by their age group might have altered the result.

After a short rally they marched down to Parliament Square where there was a longer rally. Most of the many speakers at the open microphone were teenagers taking part in the protest.
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Rally For Europe against Brexit

London. Sat 2 Jul 2016

People hold posters at the rally in Parliament Square
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I left the march at Green Park as the rear of it passed, around 90 minutes after the front of the march and too the Jubilee Line one stop to Westminster. There the rally following the march had started some time earlier, and I only heard the final couple of speakers. Marchers were still arriving when the rally finished.
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March For Europe against Brexit

London. Sat 2 Jul 2016

People with stars and hearts at the start of the march
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More than 50,000 people marched through London to a rally in Parliament Square to show their love for the EU and in protest against the lies and deception from both sides of the EU referendum campaign. Many feel that the result did not truly reflect the will of the people and that the majority was too small to be a mandate for such a drastic change.
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Love Islington - NO to Hate Crime

Highbury Fields, London. Sat 2 Jul 2016

A smiling Jeremy Corbyn at the rally
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As a reaction to the increase in hate crime against racial, faith and other minorities following the Brexit vote, Islington Labour Party called a 'Say No to Hate Crime' Rally in Highbury Fields.

Speakers at the event included local MPs Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry, London Assembly members Jennette Arnold and Caroline Russell, faith leaders, including a gay Catholic priest, a leader of the Somali community, Richard Reiser of DPAC, the leader of Islington council and councillors. Islington is proud to be a diverse, tolerant and cohesive community with good relations between all who live there, regardless of race, faith, sexual orientation, disablility and transgender identity, and the rally stressed the need to stand up against hate crimes and report and for any incidents to be reported to the police.
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July 2016

Blair lied, Millions Died - Chilcot
NUT Strike Day March
Supporters Stand Up for Israel
Al Quds Day March
Arms dealers out of LT Museum
Jo Cox banner of love
16-17 Year olds demand the vote
Rally For Europe against Brexit
March For Europe against Brexit
Love Islington - NO to Hate Crime

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