Stand up to LGBT+ Hate Crime Kiss-In
Parliament Square, London. Fri 16 Aug 2019
Two women take part in the kiss-in in Parliament Square
Campaigners hold a vigil and kiss-in in the rain in Parliament Square
about the growing menace of LGBT+ Hate Crime with attacks increasing by
150% between 2014 and 2018.
They say the rise is fuelled by the bigotry of Prime Minister Boris Johnson
and his cabinet cronies, and the Stand up to LGBT+ Hate Crime Kiss-In and
Vigil which took place in persistent light rain included speeches from a
number of gay activists and supporters as well as a kiss-in was the start
of a series of events planned to combat the growing hate.
The organisers say that these "attacks have got to stop. It is
50 years since the Stonewall Uprising and the birth of the Gay Liberation
Front. Our movement was born out of rage and riots. We will not be driven
back into the closet. We will meet all attacks with resistance and protest."
Justice for Marikana - 7 years on
South Africa House, London. Fri 16 Aug 2019
People come up to read out the names of the murdered
mine workers and lay flowers
Protesters hold a vigil at South Africa House in Trafalgar Square
on the 7th anniversary of the massacre of 34 striking miners at Lonmin's
Marikana platinum mine deliberately planned by South African police for
London mining company Lonmin.
Lonmin's directors at the time included Cyril Ramaphosa, now President
of South Africa. No one has been prosecuted for the murders and they call
for justice and for compensation for the workers families.
People held pictures of the murdered miners and stood in a half-circle in
front of the entrance to South Africa House while several people spoke about
the massacre and the crimes of Lonmin and the South African authorities.
After the speeches and a short silence people came and read out the names
and jobs of the murder victims, sometimes adding more information about
them, and then taped their photographs and yellow flowers to the gates of
South Africa House which was now closed. An employee came and told them
they should not be putting anything on the gates but was told that they
would not need to do so if the government had acted properly and that he
should go away, which he did.
The UK company Lonmin was sold in May to South African mining corporation
Sibanye-Stillwater for $226 million, but Lonmin directors hold 9% of the
shares in this company and the same London asset management companies, Investec
and Majedie are also investors in Sibanye-Stillwater. This company, which
has a terrible safety record - 20 mineworkers were killed in its mines in
the first six months of 2018 also inherits the liabilities of Lonmin and
the so far unmet obligations to compensate the families of the victims and
Stand with Kashmir
Trafalgar Square, London. Thu 15 Aug 2019
the start of the protest in Trafalgar Square
People protest in Trafalgar Square on Indian Independence Day against
the arrests and human rights abuses in Kashmir and condemn Prime Minister Modi's
revocation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.
They want the rights of the Kashmiri people respected and UN resolutions
implemented and call for freedom for Kashmir which has been occupied for
many years by over 700,000 Indian troops. The protest had been organised
by supporters of independence for Kashmir and were heated arguments began
when one speaker called for all Pakistan flags to be removed. Several police
officers came in to separate the two groups of protesters and allow the
protest to continue.
Those who supported Kashmir as a Pakistani state, or at least with a close
relation with Pakistan moved towards the top of the steps and continued
in a largely separate rally, waving Pakistan flags and with some speeches,
including from Sahibzada A Jahangir, spokesman to the Prime Minister of
Pakistan. The main rally continued further down the steps, with a larger
crowd mainly in the main body of the square.
Kashmir Indian Independence Day Protest
India House, London. Thu 15 Aug 2019
Kashmiris raise hands in a noisy protest in front
of the embassy
A large crowd protest outside the Indian High Commission, blocking
Aldwych on Indian Independence Day against the arrests and human rights
abuses in Kashmir.
Various groups came to condemn Indian Prime Minister Modi's revocation
of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and call for freedom for Kashmir
which has been occupied for many years by over 700,000 Indian troops. They
want the rights of the Kashmiri people respected and UN resolutions implemented.
The protesters included groups supporting both the Indian and Pakistan
administered areas of Kashmir. As I arrived there were noisy scuffles around
the side of the embassy and fake blood was thrown, but the crowd was too
dense for me to get close enough to take pictures and police were not allowing
It remained very crowded in front of the embassy, which was protected by
barriers and a line of police including mounted police. Around 4pm people
began to move away, some moving on to Trafalgar Square where another protest
was scheduled to start at 5pm.
Stop Turkey's Invasion of Kurdistan
Turkish Embassy, London, UK. Mon 12 Aug 2019
Mark Campbell speaks at the protest opposite the Turkish
Kurds and supporters protest at the Turkish Embassy over Turkish plans
to invade Kurdish areas of eastern Syria with the aid of Syrian rebels including
They accuse the fascist Turkish state of wanting to annihilate the Kurdish
people and culture as well as the Kurdish People’s Protection Units
which defeated IS. They want to destroy the autonomous Kurdish regions of
Syria, a multi-ethnic democracy respecting the rights of women and minorities.
Kashmiris protest in Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square, London. Sat 10 Aug 2019
Banners protest the communication blackout and the
use of pellets, bullets and bombs against Kashmiris
After protesting outside India House, Kashmiris marched to protest
in Trafalgar Square against India's Prime Minister Modi's revocation of
Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.
This article guarantees significant autonomy to the Muslim-majority state
of Kashmir after the Independence partition of India and Pakistan, when
its ruler decided it should became a part of India against the wishes of
many of the people. Kashmiris have been calling for independence, with armed
revolt since 1989 suppressed by torture, deliberate blinding and killings
by a huge Indian occupying force, with around 800,000 military and paramilitary
forces. They call Modi a Hindu fascist and say he has united the country
Vegans Protest Diary Farming
Trafalgar Square, London. Sat 10 Aug 2019
Protesters wore cow masks and stood in a small square
Protesters standing in a small block wearing cow masks in Trafalgar Square
called for an end to diary farming which they say is inherently cruel, with
milk being stolen from cows and male calves being slaughtered soon after
The protesters call cows 'mothers' and calves 'babies',
and they say that we 'steal ' the milk that the cows produce for their calves,
failing to tell people that dairy cows have been bred to produce far more
milk than their calves can consume, perhaps 7-10 times as much.
Of course many male calves are slaughtered and others are taken away from
their 'mother' at an early age. Some calves are raised to produce veal,
and female calves to become milk cows. We only have cows on farms because
farmers breed them to produce milk for us, and similarly we only have beef
cattle because we eat them as meat. Otherwise there would only be a few
In traditional agriculture animals are generally treated with respect and
care, not least because of their monetary value, and good husbandry pays
dividends. Some modern intensive practices are certainly cruel and should
be condemned. There are also good arguments for eating less meat to counter
climate change, but much livestock is grazed on areas unsuitable for growing
crops, and the manure they produce is vital for keeping soil healthy.
Kashmiris protest at India House
India House, London. Sat 10 Aug 2019
People in the crowd hold up posters in the pen outside
the Indian High Commission in Aldwych
Kashmiris protest angrily outside India House after India's Prime Minister
Modi revoked Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.
This article guaranteed significant autonomy to the Muslim-majority state
of Kashmir after the Independence partition of India and Pakistan and recognised
the majority Muslim nature of Kashmir whose ruler decided should become
a part of India. Many Kashmiris objected to this and have been calling for
independence, with armed revolt since 1989 suppressed by torture and killings
by a huge Indian occupying force. The protesters say that Modi is a Hindu
fascist and his action has united the country against India.
City & Thames
London. Wed 7 Aug 2019
Southwark Bridge and the Shard from the foreshore
I was meeting up with friends for a walk in the city, but went up earlier
and took a walk by myself mainly along the foreshore before.
Then we walked around a bit together, visiting a couple of interesting
pubs on the route, including the only pub in London which still has a cock-fighting
gallery, though the customers now sit where the fight would have taken place.
We ended up with a meal in a pub, but made a terribly bad choice. Avoid
the Sir John Hawkshaw in Cannon Street station. It was understaffed and
has a queuing system (but doesn't say so), offers an extremely limited choice
of food compared to other Wetherspoons and doesn't have toilets - instead
it's a longish walk across the station forecourt to the station toilets
down a flight of stairs.
SODEM at the Cabinet Office
Whitehall, London. Tue 6 Aug 2019
'Stop Brexit' say the 'Lollipop Ladies' at the Cabinet
Steve Bray and others from SODEM (Stand of Defiance European Movement)
protest outside the Cabinet Office in Whitehall where urgent daily meetings
are taking place.
They demand Britain should stay in the European Union, saying that we already
have the best deal possible, and that a No-Deal Brexit would be a disaster
for the country. They say that many people have changed their minds now
that they see what Brexit would really mean and that it would only be democratic
to ask the people again .Several groups of people passing by showed their
support for SODEM.
Hiroshima Bomb victims remembered
Tavistock Square, London. Tue 6 Aug 2019
Camden Mayor Cllr Maryam Eslamdoust welcomes us to
London CND hold a ceremony 74 years after the dropping of the atomic
bomb on Hiroshima in memory of the victims, past and present also remembering
those killed and living with the effects of radiation by the second atomic
bomb dropped on Nagasaki three days later.
The speeches included a reading in English of the statement made earlier
in the day at the commemoration by the Mayor in Hiroshima. After the of
speeches and songs from Raised Voices peace choir and folk singer and D-Day
veteran Jim Radford and a prayer from Rev Gyoro Nagase, the Buddhist monk
from the Battersea Peace Pagoda, flowers were laid around the commemorative
Legalise Personal Light Electric Vehicles
Downing St, London. Sat 3 Aug 2019
Electric scooters, a useful solution for short urban
journeys, half the weight of an e-bike
Users of Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs) protest at Downing
St for electric scooters and similar low-powered personal transport devices
to be legalised on a similar basis to electric bicycles.
It is an offence to use these low power lightweight vehicles on the road
or pavement, although they travel only at similar speeds to human-powered
scooters or bicycles. Proponents say they are a green form of transport
that replaces polluting vehicles and are the urban transport of the future.
Clearly the current law fails to deal sensibly with PLEVs, and we need
sensible regulations to cover the construction and use of them as legal
forms of transport. Some tidying up of regulations governing electric bikes
and mobility scooters is also needed.
While this was happening, a huge popular cycling event was also taking
place with thousands on bikes and many special lanes barricaded off in central
London. It was disappointing that this didn't appear to be making any point
about the need for more and better cycling facilities in London for the
other 364 days of the year.
'Free Tommy' protest
London. Sat 3 Aug 2019
' Free Tommy' protesters pose for a photograph
Supporters of Tommy Robinson, in jail for contempt of court, were held
for several hours close to the BBC, unable to march because of the action
The supporters claim falsely that Robinson is a champion of free speech,
jailed for speaking out against Muslim grooming gangs. In fact he was arrested
because his activities could have meant the trial he was live-streaming
outside would need to be abandoned if he had been allowed to continue. His
activity was not journalism, but deliberate provocation by committing contempt
of court, interfering with the process of justice.
Many of those convicted of offences against children in the UK have been
associated with extreme right groups, including a number of people who have
been closely associated with Robinson in groups such as the EDL. Others
inspired by or associated with him have carried out terrorist attacks, including
driving into a crowd close to Finsbury Park mosque.
A few hundred yards down the road anti-fascist were blocking the route
along which the extreme right intended to march. I left them to see what
was happening at the BBC, though I decided not to mingle with the protesters
as I have often been threatened and a couple of times physically attacked
at such events. Very little was happening, with people standing around and
a few announcements from a platform with a giant image of Robinson behind.
There were perhaps about half as many as with the opposing protest.
I left to go to Whitehall and Parliament Square and saw a few more hanging
around the pubs close to where they had been intending to march. After photographing
another event there I returned to the BBC hoping to photograph them marching,
but they had still not left. Just after I arrived an angry group rushed
off towards the Algerian embassy to attack protesters there, but I decided
to keep out of the way. The rest were still standing around doing nothing
and I gave up and went home. Later I heard that eventually those that hadn't
drifted away did march and held a rally close to Downing St.
Anti-Racists march against the far right
London. Sat 3 Aug 2019
Marchers set off smoke flares in Regent St
Anti-racists and Anti-Fascists march in London to stop the racist 'Free
Tommy' protesters marching through the city.
The protesters say Tommy Robinson, in prison for deliberate contempt of
court, is part of a far-right movement spreading violence across the world,
whipping up hatred against Muslims and refugees.
The Anti-fascists set off up Regent St and the Anti-racists joined behind
them. Police stopped them close to Oxford Circus, but they went through
side streets to get close to the 'Free Tommy' event before being stopped
again at Cavendish Square.
I left them for another protest at this point, and by the time I returned
they had dispersed after finishing their protest a few yards beyond the
extreme right protest which had been held for several hours at the BBC by
LouLou's stop exploiting your workers
Mayfair, London. Thu 1 Aug 2019
Ian Bone confronts a police office asking why they
protect and support the rich
IWGB Cleaners and Facilities Branch picket and protest at exclusive
Mayfair private club LouLou's for kitchen porters to be paid a living wage,
be treated with dignity, respect and given decent terms and conditions including
proper sick pay, holidays and pension contributions.
Recently outsourced to ACT porters want to be returned to direct employment.
There were angry scenes as staff escorted wealthy clients of the £1800
a year club past the picket, particularly when some roughly pushed the protesters
and police warned protesters but not security men or customers who had assaulted
some of them. None of the security staff were wearing the visible SIA door
supervisor licences required under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
North Woolwich Royal Docks & the Thames
North Woolwich, London. Thu 1 Aug 2019
The footpath goes across the entrance lock to Albert
I continued the walk I started in
February around North Woolwich and the entrances to the Royal Docks.
As before I started at King George V DLR, but made my way more directly
to the King George V dock entrance and then took the riverside path across
the lock gates. The Thames Path on the north bank ends officially at East
India Dock, close to Bow Creek, but there are plans for an extension as
the Thames Estuary Path, though little has so far been achieved. The riverside
path here is Section 15 of the Capital Ring and continues to cross the Albert
Dock basin and a little further north to the curiously desolate Armada Green
Further progress along the riverside is blocked by the former Beckton gas
works site and the path goes inland to Atlantis Avenue. I left the Capital
Ring to go down Gallions Road and to the Gallions Hotel and then along by
Albert Dock Basin and under Woolwich Manor Way which I then joined to walk
back over the long bridge and return to King George V Station. The Sir Steve
Redgrave Bridge which replaced the old road and bridges over the docks gives
some extensive views.
I was mainly making panoramic images on the walk, but also some more normal
rectilinear views with both wide-angle and telephoto lenses.
DLR - Bank to London City Airport
London. Thu 1 Aug 2019
London City Airport has grown considerably since it
I found myself sitting next to a clean window on my way from Bank to
North Woolwich and took a number of pictures.
Later on my way back to Canary Wharf from King George V I was less lucky
and the windows were rather grimy, but I still made a few images.
Afrikans demand reparations
Brixton, London. Thu 1 Aug 2019
The march goes past Brixton Underground station
People of African origin met in Windrush Square to demand an end of
the Maangamizi, the continuing genocide and ecocide of African peoples and
Africa on Afrikan Emancipation Day.
After speeches & libations they marched from Brixton to Westminster
with a petition calling for an end to acts of violence by Britain and the
misuse of taxes and the stolen legacy plundered from Afrika under the British
Empire and European Imperialism and for reparations.
The protest was supported by Extinction Rebellion XR Connecting Communities
who marched in an Ubuntu Non-Afrikan Allies bloc.
Pictures as usual from my journeys around
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