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September 2017

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Festival of Resistance - DSEI West Gate

ExCeL, London. Sat 9 Sep 2017


 

 Ats I arrive at the West gate police are leading away Charlie X who had locked himself to a lorry.

 but I think he had brought the keys with him, which made their job a little easier

 a supporter hands him a flower

 and the police return his stick

 

 

 Another supporter comes to Charlie X

 and police lead him away

 There are about a dozen police to one man who is not resisting arrest

 Its difficult to get good pictures as he is led away, but I try not to get in the way of the police

 though some of them like to push photographers away even when they are not in the way

 and trying hard to keep clear

 back at the roundabout and on the pavement at the edge people hold posters

 against the arms fair

 and dance to a sound system.

 Police approach a man who is standing quitely on the roundabout

 and move him away to question and search him. He is being arrested simply because he has a chain to lock his wheels
to his bike when he leaves it locked. For some reason police think this is a criminal offence

 The dancing on the roundabout continues

 

 A friend of the man being arrested goes up to talk to him

 and when he tells police what he thinks is threatened with arrest himself

 Police lead away the man being arrested simply because he has a chain to lock his bike around his neck. You couldn't make this up.

 'Peace Trumps War'

 

 'Bikes Not Bombs!'

 

 'Britain is Complicit' 'Stop Arms Trade Murder'

And people sing.

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