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
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
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.
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
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.
NUT Strike Day March
London, UK. Tue 5 Jul 2016
Marchers at Piccadilly Circus
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.
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
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
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.
Al Quds Day March
London. Sun 3 Jul 2016
As usual the marchers were joined by anti-Zionist Jews
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.
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
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.
Jo Cox banner of love
Parliament Sq, London. Sun 3 Jul 2016
People write tributes on the board in Parliament Square
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.
16-17 Year olds demand the vote
Trafalgar Square to Parliament Sq, London. Sun 3 Jul 2016
make their way down Whitehall
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.
Rally For Europe against Brexit
London. Sat 2 Jul 2016
People hold posters at the rally in Parliament Square
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
March For Europe against Brexit
London. Sat 2 Jul 2016
People with stars and hearts at the start of the march
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.
Love Islington - NO to Hate Crime
Highbury Fields, London. Sat 2 Jul 2016
A smiling Jeremy Corbyn at the rally
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
London, July 2016
Oxford St full of buses
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