End Mass Deportation Charter Flights to Nigeria
Nigerian High Commission London. Wed 11 Jan 2017
Protesters with banner and posters chant slogans outside the High Commission
Movement for Justice protest outside the Nigerian High Commission,
demanding the Nigerian gov\ernment stop allowing the mass deportation charter
flights from the UK which are organised every two months by the Home Office.
MfJ liken these to the slave ships and many of those forcibly deported
are people who have been in the UK for most of their lives, with parents
partners and children here, as well as students who have not yet finished
their courses, those still appealing for asylum, people with serious health
problems and carers for elderly and disabled relatives. The flights are
part of a racist government 'numbers game' which refuses to take account
of the situation, history and relations of the people who are being deported
or of the contribution many of them are making to UK society and the UK
15 Years of Guantanamo - No Joke!
Trafalgar Square, London. Wed 11 Jan 2017
'Trump rejects intelligence' and protesters against Guantanmo dressed as
On the 15th anniversary of the setting up of the illegal prison camp
at Guantanamo, campaigners from the London Guantanamo campaign dressed as
clowns to protest against President Obama's failure to keep his promise
and close the camp.
Around 60 prisoners remain in Guantanamo, still suffering the indignities
and torture which have shamed the USA in the eyes of the world. Most of
those still held and virtually all of those already released were innocent
bystanders sold to the US forces by bandits in Afghanistan and elsewhere,
and were tortured in the CIA’s secret dark prisons around the world
before being illegally rendered to Guantanamo.
The protest in Trafalgar Square was supported by the Guantanamo Justice
Campaign who included a man in a Trump mask.
Alarm Bells for the Housing Crisis
Old Palace Yard, Westminster,London. Mon 9 Jan 2017
The Rev Paul Nicolson stands holding a bell next to protesters with banners
Taxpayers Against Poverty, Unite Community, DPAC, Defend Council Housing
and other campaigners protest outside Parliament as MPs returned after the
Christmas break, bringing a bell to ring as an alarm for the housing crisis.
Working people as well as those on benefits are struggling to pay rents
in a chaotic housing market with unfair caps on housing allowances, benefits
and the bedroom tax. 3.5 million adults are homeless, 73,000 household in
temporary accommodation, evictions are rising dramatically and the housing
needs of the disabled are often ignored.
Speakers demand rent controls, an end to demolition of council estates
and selling of land to private developers and call for a land tax.
Harrods stop stealing waiters' tips
Harrods, Knightsbridge, London.Sat 7 Jan 2017
Class War came to Harrods to support the UVW union
Grass roots trade union United Voices of the World which represents
chefs and waiters working at Harrods protested outside together with Class
War calling for 100% of the service charges to go to staff rather than the
vast profits of the owners, the Qatari royal family.
They also want conditions and wages to be improved for waiters who are
currently paid at or a few pence per hour above the legal minimum, overworked
and poorly managed. The robust but peaceful protest took place outside a
Harrods guarded by large numbers of police, with protesters being threatened
with charges of aggravated trespass if they entered the store.
There were two arrests during the protest for trivial offences but I heard
later that after the protest had finished and I had left, as people were
packing away, police came and made 4 more arrests including of UVW
General Secretary Petros Elia. People were kept in cells at Belgravia police
station for up to 18 hours (some had apparently been dragged inside Harrods
by employees of Harrods and kept at first in cells inside Harrods
- and if so should have a good case to sue for assault and wrongful arrest.)
All were released without charge (one apparently accepted a caution for
letting off a flare) but on police bail - with the condition that they were
not to go within 50m of Harrods. It appears to be a deliberate abuse of
the law to try to stop further protests at Harrods - however legitimate
these may be. Harrods and their owners, the Qatari royal family have many
friends in high places including the Foreigh Office and presumably these
were able to put pressure on the police to take action against the protesters.
But the protesters have received tremendous support from the public and
even from some of the right-wing press (perhaps because Harrods is owned
by foreigners) and the union and its supporters are unlikely to be deterred.
While those with bail conditions may keep to them, others will be prepared
to carry on the protest. The police action is likely to make the protests
larger and more vocal rather than diminish them.
Save the Sunderbans Global Protest
Altab Ali Park, London. Sat 7 Jan 2017
of the protesters had black 'tiger stripes' on their faces - the Sundarbans
are the home of the Bengal tiger
The UK branch of the National Committee to Protect Oil Gas & Mineral
Resources, Bangladesh hold a rally in east London as part of the global
day of protest to save the Sunderbans, the world's largest mangrove forest.
The Sunderbans, a UNESCO World Heritage site threatened by the planned
Rampal coal-fired power plant and other commercial developments are the
home of many species including the Bengal Tiger, and many at the protest
had 'tiger stripes' on their cheeks.
The proposed development on the edge of the forest and inside the area
which is supposed to be protected from development is a joint project between
agencies of the Bangladesh and Indian governments.
It would endanger the livelihoods of over 3.5 million people and make around
50 million more vulnerable to storms and cyclones, against which the Sunderbans
serve as a natural safeguard. There have been huge protests against the
proposed coal-fired power plant in Bangladesh in which a number of protesters
have been killed.
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