Tottenham remembers Mark Duggan

Tottenham, London. Sat 6 Aug 2016
The procession made its way through back streets to the police station
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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 Baker.

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, No Peace".
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Hiroshima Day 71st Anniversary

London, UK. 6th August 2016

The Mayor of Camden comes to lay a wreath at the commemorative cherry tree
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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 cherry tree.
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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Vigil for murdered care home victims

Japanese Embassy, London. Thu 4 Aug 2016

A man from the embassy shakes hands after accepting the lilies
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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 being disabled.

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.
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Guantanamo solidarity with Chelsea Manning

US Embassy, London. Thu 4 Aug 2016

London Guantánamo Campaign protests the torture by solitary confinement of Chelsea Manning
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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.
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Richmond Walk

Richmond, London. 3 Aug 2016

Crown property in Richmond - there was once a royal palace
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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.
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London Images

London, August 2016


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Tottenham remembers Mark Duggan
Hiroshima Day 71st Anniversary
Black Lives Matter London
Foil Vedanta at mining giant's AGM
Vigil for murdered care home victims
Guantanamo solidarity with Chelsea Manning
Richmond Walk

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