Anti-fascists oppose Free Tommy protest
Parliament St, London. Sat 9 Jun 2018
People stand with banners and placards listening to
Only few hundred anti-fascists stood at the end of Parliament St, several
hundred yards from the Free Tommy protest to oppose the march by Supporters
of fascist and English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson, jailed for
contempt of court.
The counter protest was called by Unite Against Fascism and Stand Up to
Racism who say that Robinson and his supporters have a history of racism
and islamophobia, and have many links to fascist organisations. Before leading
the EDL, Robinson was in the fascist BNP.
Robinson pleaded guilty at his trial for contempt of court and knew that
he would also be jailed for breaking his bail conditions from a previous
offence. His jail sentence was not about free speech but about actions which
could prevent a fair trial taking place, and could have led to a trial having
to be abandoned.
Free Tommy Robinson
Trafalgar Square & Downing St, London. Sat 9 Jun 2018
A man in a Union Jack suit looks at the gates of Downing
Several thousand gather in Trafalgar Square to march to a rally in
Whitehall demanding the release of Tommy Robinson, jailed for contempt of
An angry crowd stopped in front of Downing Street where two thugs attacked
me, attempting to grabbing me and attempting to pull my camera from my hand
to prevent me taking pictures. I managed to pull away and move through the
dense crowd, but they followed me through the mass of people for some distance
repeatedly trying to take my cameras and camera bag until I got close to
the police and march stewards in front of Downing St.
The stewards there were attempting to move the crowd away towards the stage
where the rally was beginning. Throughout the march the crowds were chanting
and singing for Tommy Robinson, a man who pleaded guilty to contempt of
court and whose actions could have led to a trial being stopped.
They demanded he be freed from jail, wrongly claiming his arrest was an
attack on free speech. A small counter protest took place a few hundred
yards away, with several lines of police keeping the two groups well apart.
Close all Slaughterhouses
London. Sat 9 Jun 2018
A woman holds a poster above her head at the front of the march on the Charing
Vegans meet in Leicester Square and march through London calling for
the closure of all slaughterhouses and a complete end to the killing of
animals to provide food for human consumption.
As well as pointing out the cruelty involved and saying their is no such
thing as humane slaughter, they also pointed out the huge environmental
damage caused by animal agriculture, which they say is the leading cause
of global warming, deforestation and ocean dead zones as well as the killing
of 60 billion land animals and more than 1000 billion aquatic animals each
After meeting in Leicester Square they marched around central London, stopping
at various locations for speeches. The first stop was in Soho Square, and
I left the protest there.
Flypast for Queen's Official Birthday
Leicester Square, London. Sat 9 Jun 2018
Red, white and blue smoke from the nine jets stretched
across the sky
A number of groups of aircraft took part in a flypast in celebration of
the Queen's official birthday.
I took these pictures from Leicester Square where I was covering a vegan
attempt, moving to one edge of the square where there were few trees to
obscure the sky. The display ended with coloured smoke trails in red, white
The aircraft included some from World War II as well as more modern jet
aircraft, with each group of planes flying over and then a short break before
the next group. I found it hard not to think of the taxpayer's money being
Colombian Carnival for Water, Life & Land
Colombian embassy, London. Fri 8 Jun 2018
People make a large poster about the 400 human rights
A picket opposite the Colombian embassy supports today's Gran Marcha
Carnival in cities throughout Colombia demanding their government respects
the rights of local communities against the interests of mining companies.
Local residents voted against AngloGold Ashranti's huge La Colosa gold
mine because of the extensive environmental damage it would cause. Hundreds
of human rights and environmental activists have been assassinated for their
opposition to projects including the Hydroituango dam. Oil extraction in
Putamayo is causing excessive pollution and logging is destroying the Amazon
forest at an alarming rate - last year an area of rainforest the size of
Switzerland was destroyed.
Last year the people in the port city of Buenaventura began a general strike,
continuing despite brutal repression with hundreds wounded for three weeks,
only ending when the government agreed to set up a special $400 million
fund to provide a public hospital, drinkable water supply and decent education,
but less than 10% of this committment has been met and the fund has not
yet been set up.
Paramilitary death squad leaders in the area have been released from prison,
an assassination attempt made on a local Senator, and strike leaders fear
they will be targeted.
Protesters from the Colombia Solidarity Campaign and London Mining Network
handed out leaflets, displayed posters and banners and read statements in
solidarity with the Colombian march.
Die-in against Greenwich cycle deaths
Woolwich Town Hall, London. Thu 7 Jun 2018
A protester holds a poster for safe bike paths during
the die-in at Woolwich Town Hall
Cyclists staged a die-in outside Greenwich Council offices in Woolwich
after three cyclist were killed by vehicles in the area in recent weeks,
two by HGV trucks on the notoriously unsafe Woolwich Rd.
Plans to build a protected cycleway between Woolwich and Greenwich were
apparently dropped because of opposition from Greenwich council, and Southwark
Council are still objecting the the route west of Greenwich.
Plans to improve the dangerous Woolwich Rd roundabout where one cyclist
was killed were also dropped. The campaigners called for urgent action to
provide safe cycle routes in the area and staged a die-in in memory of the
University of London staff in-House now
Senate House, London. Tue 6 Jun 2018
Protesters push flags through the locked gates of
Over 100 cleaners, porters, security officers, receptionists, gardeners,
post room staff and audiovisual staff on strike today at the University
of London hold a lively rally at Senate House.
The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain is the largest union in
the University of London central administration buildings where its members
are employed by a number of outsourcing companies, working with worse pension,
holiday pay, sick pay, maternity pay and paternity pay entitlements and
much more likely to suffer from bullying, discrimination and illegal deduction
of wages than their in-house colleagues.
The University has spent huge amounts on extra security to fight the IWGB
campaign rather than talk with the union, but has now been forced to review
its facilities management contracts, but without proper consultation and
the union has been left with no option but to escalate its campaign.
Supporters including students who had occupied a part of the university
in support joined the striking workers who had been picketing the University
since 6am and marched around the block to the other side of Senate House
and then back again with drums and horns making a great deal of noise.
Speakers brought support from various groups including the UCU. There were
cheers when it was announced that there had been some progress with management
agreeing that the services would be brought back in-house at some future
date, but the IWGB stressed the need to keep up the pressure with more protests
until a full agreement was reached. As I left after around an hour and a
half a samba band was arriving and the protest which I had thought was coming
to an end continued.
Zionists defend Israel shooting protesters
Downing St, London. Mon 5 Jun 2018
Zionists with Israeli flags shout at the protest against
killing of unarmed Palestinian protesters
A small group of Zionists held a counter protest, shouting insults from
a short distance away, including during the silence, defending the right
of Israel to shoot unarmed Palestinians who they claim were all terrorists.
One wore a shirt with the message "There's no such thing as Palestine",
more an Israeli government intention than any connection with the continuous
existence of Palestine since at least the days of Abraham. Another held
the flag of the Israeli Defence forces, whose snipers have shot hundreds
if not thousands of unarmed demonstrators in the past few weeks.
As well as those killed there are hundreds who will never walk again, injured
in the legs by bullets designed to expand on impact and inflict maximum
damage, probably also illegal under international law. Many of those killed
were shot in the back as they moved away from the 'separation fence' and
they include clearly marked medics and press. These protesters were defending
a horrific crime which has shocked people around the world and is clearly
indefensible to anyone with a shred of humanity.
Free Palestine, Stop Arming Israel
Westminster, London. Mon 5 Jun 2018
Young women hold 'Free Palestine' placards as they
listen to the speeches
Protesters came to Downing St on the National day of solidarity actions
for the Great Return March in Palestine to call for freedom for Palestine
and an end the the killing of Palestinians.
They urged the government to stop supplying arms to Israel and supported
the rights of Palestinians to return to their former family homes. Many
came with Palestinian flags and bunches of keys to symbolise the right to
return to the homes which people were forced to leave seventy years ago
in the 1948 Nakba when the state of Israel was formed.
After a rally opposite Downing St they marched to protest in front of Parliament
with further speeches and the reading of the names of those shot in cold
blood by Israeli snipers before a minute of silence.
Abortion Rights in Northern Ireland Now
Parliament Square, London. Mon 5 Jun 2018
Women hold posters calling for Abortion Rights in Northern Ireland
Abortion Rights protesters called for the Government to end the human
rights violation against Northern Irish women by legalising abortion in
a protest at Parliament.
Abortion is still illegal in Northern Ireland under laws passed in the
Victorian era as it was the only part of the UK not covered by the Abortion
Act 1967. In March this year, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for
Population, Development and Reproductive Health recommended that moves be
made to liberalise abortion in Northern Ireland.
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
has said the current abortion laws amount to grave and systematic violations
of women’s rights. Amnesty International polls have shown that almost
three-quarters of those living in Northern Ireland want to liberalise the
abortion law, an even greater proportion than in the recent massive referendum
vote in Ireland.
Sikhs remember the 1984 genocide
London. Sat 3 Jun 2018
Standard bearers and five Khalsa with swords walk
barefoot at the front of the march
Thousands of Sikhs met in Hyde Park to march through London to Trafalgar
Square in memory of the 1984 Indian Army attack on the Golden Temple in
Amritsar where thousands of Sikhs were massacred, and the government encouraged
mob killings following the assassination of Indira Gandhi later that year
for which the killers have never been brought to justice.
Since this 1984 Sikh genocide there has been a continuing program of police
arrests, torture and killing of Sikh males in the Punjab and crippling economic
and social policies. Sikhs demand independence from India and a Sikh state,
Anti-Knife UK protest
Downing St, London. Sat 3 Jun 2018
Campaigners against violence join hands in solidarity
Community groups and campaigners against knife and gun crime protest
opposite Downing St, calling on Theresa May to take action to stop the growing
number of killings using knives across the country.
The event was organised by Anti-Knife UK, founded by Danny O'Brien in 2008
which monitors knife crime incidents from across the UK on a daily basis.
Danny spoke at the event, and explained that he was stepping down from the
active leadership of the campaign which would be carried forward by others.
Many of those taking part were bereaved family members and their supporters
and wore t-shirts or brought placards with photographs of the knife victims
and pairs of empty shoes as well as banners. Speakers called for measures
to tackle the problem including tougher sentences, tagging of all knives,
knife arches in night clubs, equal rights for victims and families, a review
of the laws governing self-defence and reasonable force and work in schools
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