NHS at 70 - Free, for all, forever
London. Sat 30 Jun 2018
Part of a large group fighting the plans for Huddersfield
Royal Infirmary who came with several 'sheep'
Thousands marched through London from the BBC to a rally near Downing
St to celebrate 70 years of the NHS, and to support its dedicated workers
in demanding a publicly owned NHS that is free for all with proper funding
and proper staffing and providing a world class services for every community.
The protest, organised by the the People's Assembly, Health Campaigns Together,
Trades Union Congress, Unison, Unite, GMB, British Medical Association,
Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Midwives, CSP, BDA, and SoR was
to defend the NHS against the increasing attacks and privatisation following
a decade of austerity, underfunding and top down reforms with services are
being cut and cancelled, hospitals and wards closing, staffing shortages
across every part of the system and increasing parts of our health service
are being outsourced to private companies.
Plans by many hospital trusts are opposed by many local groups, such as
the campaigners at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in the picture above, where
local GPs have declared the plan “seriously flawed, inadequate, unsafe
and unworkable”. In March they were given the right to a judicial
review over what they say was a flawed consultation, breach of public law,
inadequate travel and transport provision, lack of community care provision,
and potential breach of equality law. The trust had also claimed the building
could not be maintained for more than a few years, while campaigners say
an independent survey found it likely to be safe and serviceable for many
years to come.
Although the Conservatives play lip-service to the NHS, saying it is safe
in their hands, their actions are rather different. Their party voted against
its setting up, and many leading Tories have written calling for its breaking
up and privatisation over the years. Under Jeremy Hunt the reforms were
largely aimed at preparing the service for ready privatisation and the legal
basis of the NHS was changed to remove the obligation of the government
to provide the service. While virtually the whole NHS staff was pleased
to see Hunt moved from Health, his replacement Matt Hancock has received
£32,000 in donations from the chair of the Institute of Economic Affairs,
a right wing free market think tank which wants to see the NHS abolished.
A report by Social Investigations in 2014 found 65 Conservative
peers, 12 Lib-Dem peers, 37 Labour peers and 33 Crossbenchers with interests
in private healthcare companies, as well as 63 Tory MPs, 3 Lib-Dems, 14
Labour members and one other. Some held directorships, others were shareholders
or had received payments from companies for various services etc. Matt Hancock's
connection with the IEA chair was not specifically enough connected to healthcare
to rate his inclusion, and there were almost certainly others in a similar
position. While these interests are legal and declared, they show a very
strong presence in parliament of people with a financial interest in private
medicine rather than a publicly funded NHS.
Torture protest at US Embassy
US Embassy, Nine Elms, London. Tue 26 Jun 2018
Protesters pose for a photograph in front of the US
London Guantánamo Campaign hold a vigil on the UN International
Day in Support of Victims of Torture, as they have done every year since
2010. This year they chose to hold it in front of the US Embassy in Nine
Elms, because of the continuing use of torture by the US and the complicity
of UK security services in this.
People set out a display and posed for photographs, after which there were
several invited speakers and an open mike. The vigil was a part of a global
movement with over 80 such events worldwide, took place outside the US Embassy
and concentrated on the continuing widespread use of torture by the CIA.
Despite President Obama's claim to be getting rid of torture by the US,
they are still torturing the remaining prisoners in Guantanamo and in secret
prisons and military bases elsewhere. Trump's new CIA chief Gina Haspel
ran a secret CIA torture prison as part of the extraordinary rendition (kidnap
and torture) programme.
No US official has ever been prosecuted for their part in post 9/11 torture,
and the CIA has a long record of running and participating in a global torture
programme against leftists, nationalists and other Cold War "enemies"
throughout Latin America and other parts of the world.
Trump has said he will bring back torture, but it never went away. Torture
is of course also still used in many other countries around the world, including
by British military and security personnel and the UK has also been complicit
with CIA torture.
Vauxhall & Nine Elms
London. Tue 26 Jun 2018
A platform close to Heathwall Pumping Station for
the Thames TIdeway Tunnel
This stretch of the river, not so long ago industrial is now covered
with expensive flats. It was a nice afternoon and I'd taken an early train
on my way to photograph a protest at the US Embassy to give me time for
It used to be an interesting walk, but much of the interest has gone, though
you can now walk rather more along the riverside, with just one small deviation
around Heathwall Pumping Station until you get close to Cringle Dock Waste
Transfer station just to the east of the former Battersea Power Station
site. In a few years it should be possible to walk the whole way to Battersea
At the moment works are taking place in the river on the Thames Tideway
Tunnel, with platforms just downstream from Vauxhall Bridge (unfortunately
blocking the slope down which the 'Duck' tours using amphibious vehicles
used to enter and leave the river) and close to the former gravel wharf,
Middle Wharf, on Nine Elms Lane, in use until a few years ago. Pumping stations
like Heathwall currently discharge surface water and sewage into the Thames
when heavy rainfall is too much for Bazalgette's sewers to cope with, but
the tunnel when completed will end this, storing and transferring it to
Abbey Mills in Stratford and then on to Beckton along the Lee Tunnel which
opened a couple of years ago.
My walk ended at the US Embassy, where I took a few pictures in the garden
next to Nine Elms Lane before photographing the protest.
Peckham & Deptford
Peckham & Deptford, London. Sun 24 Jun 2018
We went to see some short films at Deptford Cinema, and took a few
pictures before the showing and on our way home. Some where panoramic images.
In Deptford these were mainly around the Creek. We got off the bus at the
stop before Queens Rd to take some pictures of the Pioneer Health centre
and other sites in the area.
Many Thousands March for a People's Vote
London. Sat 23 Jun 2018
People watching the rally which was relayed to a giant
screen at the bottom of Whitehall
More than 100,000 people marched through London in support of a People's
Vote on any final Brexit deal.
There were too many to get into Parliament Square which was packed when
the rally started despite the end of the march being reported still not
to have left the starting point in Pall Mall. Many watched the rally on
a giant screen at the bottom of Whitehall.
The rally was organised by groups including Healthier In The EU, Trade
Deal Watch, Britain For Europe, Open Britain, Peoples Vote UK, Scientists
for EU and European Movement UK and attended by groups from across the country.
Although many of those marching had voted to remain in Europe, others carried
placards and posters indicating they had been fooled into voting to leave.
Recent opinion polls suggest that almost two thirds of people now back a
final people's vote.
Vote No to Disastrous Heathrow Expansion
Parliament Square, London. Sat 23 Jun 2018
Boris looks worried by the 3rd runway - and invented
a trip to Afghanistan to avoid the vote
Campaigners against the expansion of Heathrow hold a rally in Parliament
Square with banners and placards against Heathrow expansion, calling on
all MPs to vote against the third runway which would disastrously increase
congestion, and noise and air pollution in and around London and make a
dramatic contribution to climate change.
Its construction would cause years of disruption in West London and the
official estimates by Heathrow and the government of its contribution to
jobs and the economy are wildly over optimistic. Although the construction
will provide jobs, once it is in operation, job opportunities in the area
are likely to decline with increasing automation of various areas of work.
Almost any other development likely in the area blighted by the expansion
would provide more local jobs, and closing Heathrow altogether for a new
town development would provide much greater opportunities.
Those taking part included some who have been on hunger strike outside
the Labour Party HQ for 14 days so far. The protest came before Parliament
votes on expansion on Monday. Heathrow expansion would be a disaster not
just for those who lose their homes or would suffer increased pollution
under the flight path in a city with already dangerous and often illegal
levels of pollution thought to result in around 10,000 premature deaths
in London each year, but will add the the already growing threat of irreversible
climate breakdown that could threaten the future of human life on the earth.
White Pendragons 'Independence Day' letters refused
Parliament Square, London. Sat 23 Jun 2018
Shaun Morris of the Arthur Pendragons argues with
police who will not accept their letter
A small group of right-wing activists, the Arthur Pendragons, meet in Parliament
Square and are led by Shaun Morris to the gates of Parliament to hand in
individual letters in a format he conceived declaring themselves to be free
of the tyranny of parliament and the European union.
Police at the gate refused to take the letters and after a short discussion
they pushed them through the railings onto the ground. The letters withdrew
support for parliament's underhand dealings with the EU and demanded the
return of all sovereign powers to the individuals and the British people,
and an end to taxation and other orders and demands.
They claim their actions are based on English Common Law, and in particular
the Magna Carta.
The group claim they are open welcome people of all races and religions
including the settled immigrant communities, but have previously attempted
a citizens arrest on London's Mayor Sadiq Khan, claiming he should not be
Mayor "because he is a Muslim". Among their members are
a number who were previously supporters of the racist English Defence League,
UKIP and the English Democrats. Unlike some other extreme right groups they
emphasise a non-violent orientation, with their slogan: "No Loss,
No Harm, No Injury."
Their name harks back to the Anglo-Saxon past before the Norman conquest
when Arthur Pendragon (King Arthur), according to medieval legends, led
the defence of England against Saxon invaders. Modern historians doubt Arthur
ever existed, though a Roman who stayed behind around Colchester after the
rest of the Romans abandoned Britain is thought to have led a fight against
Saxon invaders. But all the stories about him are entirely medieval inventions.
No Heathrow block Parliament Square
Parliament Square, London. Fri 22 Jun 2018
Some of those taking part had been on hunger strike
for 14 days already against Heathrow expansion
Campaigners against the expansion of Heathrow sit down in the road
and block traffic in Parliament Square for 30 minutes holding a banner and
placards against Heathrow expansion. Those taking part included
some who have been on hunger strike outside the Labour Party HQ for 14 days
Police told the protesters individually they risked arrest and removal
for obstruction of the highway, but they left after 30 minutes without any
The protest came before Parliament votes on expansion on Monday. Heathrow
expansion would be a disaster not just for those who lose their homes or
would suffer increased pollution under the flight path in a city with already
dangerous and often illegal levels of pollution thought to result in around
10,000 premature deaths in London each year, but will add the the already
growing threat of irreversible climate breakdown that could threaten the
future of human life on the earth.
Stop Arming Saudi to bomb Yemen
Downing St, London. Fri 22 Jun 2018
Protesters leave the gate to Downing St after their
letter has been refused by police
Campaigners take part in a protest organised by Stop The War and including
a number of Yemenis at Downing St against the assault by Saudi-backed government
forces on the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, the chief entry point for humanitarian
aid to Yemen.
A deputation went to hand in a letter at Downing St calling on Theresa
May to end Britain's support for the bombing and the siege, but it was refused.
Police claim that for security reasons they cannot accept letters at the
gate, and the protesters had not given the several day's notice required
to enter the street. The protesters argued it was ridiculous that matters
of emergency could not be acted on more rapidly to no avail. Presumably
had the protesters included an MP, he or she could have entered the street
and delivered a letter to No 10, but ordinary citizens can no longer do
Lindsey German then came and read the letter to the protesters before putting
it in the post. Since the start of the conflict in Yemen the UK has sold
£4.6 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia.
Protesters Stand Up For The Elephant
Elephant and Castle, London. Thu 21 Jun 2018
Protesters block the road with a long banner 'Stop
the Elephant Development - Shame on UAL'
Local residents and students protest against plans by property giant
Delancey and the University of the Arts London (UAL) to demolish the Elephant
and Castle Shopping Centre and replace it with luxury housing and a new
building for the London College of Communication (LCC).
They marched along the busy roads around the centre, holding up traffic,
and stopped for speeches at several points before returning for a final
rally outside the LCC.
Previous protests have resulted in minor improvements to the plan, including
7% of social housing, but campaigners say the plans, coming before Southwark
Council again on July 3rd, are social cleansing and gentrification, turfing
out the working class, the largely Latin traders and the wider community
from the Elephant.
Campaigners accuse Delancey of failing to meet planning obligations in
two existing developments in the area, and of avoiding paying UK taxes through
extensive use of off-shore shell companies. They say if the development
goes ahead many of the new properties will be bought as investments by wealthy
foreign investors and are likely to remain empty, and that the developer
is carving up the Elephant & Castle with no regard for anything but
the huge profits their plans would give them.
Assange in Embassy for Six Years
Ecuadorian Embassy, London. Tue 19 Jun 2018
Peter Tatchell, just back from arrest in Moscow, stands
behind a man holding up a poster of Julian Assange
People at the rally outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London calling
for Julian Assange to be allowed safe passage to the place of his choice
to mark six years since he was given asylum there. They called for the UK
authorities to allow him to leave the embassy and go to the country of his
choice without being arrested.
Following a change in government in Ecuador, for the last 3 months Assange
has been in isolation away from visitors, press & communications. The
Ecuadorian government is now conspiring with the US and UK to force him
out of the embassy and extradite him to the US where he would almost certainly
face an unfair trial and be sentenced to a lifetime in solitary confinement
for his unwelcome revelations of illegal activities by the USA.
There were songs from Irish singer Joe Black and others, and among the
speakers were Lauri Love who successfully fought extradition to the USA
and Peter Tatchell, recently returned after his arrest for protesting in
Staines, Middx.Sun 17 Jun 2018
At right the former Ashby's brewery tap is now offices
It was a dull day in Staines and I was still tired physically and emotionally
after Saturday's Grenfell solidarity march when in late afternoon Linda
persuaded me to take a leisurely walk around Staines.
We walked up towards the moor and on the path alongside the River Colne,
but it was too overgrown with nettles and brambles to reach the ditch which
we've sometimes crossed over on fallen tree trunks, and I'm not sure my
balance would now be up for it, so we turned back and went up onto the bypass.
The path down to the Colne also looked rather difficult, so we took the
easier way long way down to the tunnel under the bypass.
From there we walked to the railway crossing and back beside the Wraysbury
River into central Staines, then to the Thames and back home. It would have
been a pleasant but uneventful walk if we hadn't been attacked by an out
of control dog half way round. Its owner was only mildly apologetic as she
pulled it off, but people should really make sure that their animals don't
attack people. But I didn't photograph the incident.
Justice for Grenfell Solidarity March
Westminster, London. Sat 16 Jun 2018
Moyra Samuels, Tasha Brades and Yvette Williams from
Justice4Grenfell and Matt Wrack and Lucy Masoud of the FBU stand with the
crowd in a 72 second silence for the 72 people killed in the disaster
A large crowd at Downing St showed solidarity with the 72 killed and
the survivors of the Grenfell fire a year ago at a protest organised by
Justice4Grenfell and the FBU (Fire Brigades Union.) After some speeches
at Downing St they marched to the Home Office for a brief protest before
returning to Downing St for more speeches.
Speakers complained of the many promises made by Theresa May which have
been broken, despite her promise all survivors would be rehoused in 3 weeks,
a year later 50% of survivors and displaced families are still in emergency
accommodation. 300 tower blocks across the country still have the highly
flammable cladding used on Grenfell, and the government has reneged on its
promise to fund the replacement and there have been none of the changes
urgently needed to building regulations and safety inspections.
Although police have charged the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
and its TMO with corporate manslaughter, they have yet to interview a single
person under oath. The local community who pointed out many fire risks (the
TMO refused to give details of the cladding) feel they are still being ignored
and fear the public inquiry will be a whitewash.
Attempts are now being made in the press to put the blame for the 72 deaths
on the firefighters who the community saw making heroic efforts and saving
many lives. Had the evidence from the FBU about incidents elsewhere since
1999 or the safety complaints by Grenfell residents over a long period before
the fire been taken seriously the disaster could not have happened. It was
not the firefighters who turned a tower block that had been safe as designed
and built into a dangerous building coated with highly flammable material
which turned a minor fire into a blazing inferno; nor were they responsible
for the unsafe gas installation, improper fitting of cladding, inadequate
fire doors, restrictions on emergency access, lack of water supply and cuts
in fire service provision etc.
Massive Silent Walk for Grenfell Anniversary
Notting Hill, London. Thu 14 Jun 2018
The march walks away from Grenfell through a crowd
on the street - most of whom joined it
Thousands walked in silence from close to Grenfell Tower remembering
the victims of the disaster on the first anniversary of the disastrous fire
which killed 72 and left many survivors traumatised.
The blackened and scarred bulk of Grenfell Tower has now been hidden by
white sheeting, at its top a grey panel with a large green Grenfell heart
and the message 'Grenfell - Forever In Our Hearts'. Some felt it should
have been left standing uncovered - particularly as the disaster was caused
by covering up the building to make it look nicer for the academy at its
base. Without that covering the fire would have been a minor incident with
no loss of life.
The academy in front of the tower was also built without proper regard
for access for fire engines to fight the fire when it happened. To make
things worse, Boris Johnson had cut the fire service drastically and they
no longer had the equipment to fight the fire in the upper stories - it
had to come from Surrey - and successive governments had removed regulations
and cut safety inspections (they called it 'red tape) which would have prevented
We now have the start of a long-drawn out public inquiry, ostensibly to
ascertain the facts; so far it has revealed nothing that was not common
knowledge within days or weeks of the fire. It seems to many that its real
purpose is to ensure that those responsible - particularly the council and
its TMO which managed its property - are never brought to justice. If our
justice system took events like Grenfell seriously there would already be
several people behind bars.
Many of those made homeless by the fire are still in temporary accommodation
a year later despite promises made by Theresa May and Kensington & Chelsea
council, who many feel have failed the local community both before and after
the fire. They say had the community and its questions about safety been
listened to and respected Grenfell would not have happened and call for
justice and for those responsible to be prosecuted.
Firefighters lined both sides of Ladbroke Grove as a guard of honour for
the march and were kissed and hugged by many. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn,
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbot and local Labour MP Emma Dent Coad and
some Labour London Assembly members were among those who took part in the
silent walk, which ended in a local park. I left the march before it arrived
there as it had been made clear the press were not welcome there.
'SOAS 9' deported cleaners remembered
SOAS, London. Tue 12 Jun 2018
Cleaners and students remember the nine cleaners deported
when SOAS conspired with the Border Agency
A rally on the SOAS steps remembers the SOAS cleaners called by SOAS
to an 'emergency meeting' at 6:30am on 12th June 2009 after cleaners had
campaigned to get the London Living Wage.
A few minutes after the start of the 'meeting', agents of the UK Border
Agency rushed in, handcuffed all the cleaners and held them for questioning.
Nine were then deported. The action was a part of the despicable 'hostile
environment' for migrant workers, begun by the Labour government, but severely
ratcheted up by Theresa May as Home Secretary.
People stood in front of SOAS with posters with their names - Alberto,
Carlos, Heidy, Laura, Lucia, Manuel, Marina, Milton and Rosa - and listened
to speeches about this disgraceful action by SOAS management, including
from some of those who had worked with them and other staff and students.
Consuela and Lenin also talked about the long campaign to get the London
Living Wage, decent conditions of service and to be treated with dignity
and respect. A ten-year 'one workplace, one workforce' fight the cleaners
to be 'brought in house', directly employed by the university has been won
in principle but negotiations continue on its implementation.
The lecture theatre where that fake early morning meeting was held has
been renamed by SOAS students as the Lucas Lecture Theatre, after the son
born to Lucia who was pregnant when deported, and the documentary film 'Limpiadores'
about the cleaners and the raid was to be shown there later in the day,
followed by a panel discussion.
Unite TGI Fridays demand Fair Tips & Fair
Dept of Business etc, London. Tue 12 Jun 2018
Unite members protest outside the Department of Business,
Energy & Industrial Strategy for Fair Tips
Strikers from TGI Fridays and others from the Unite Restaurant, Catering
and Bar Workers Branch and Unite Community came to the Department of Business,
Energy & Industrial Strategy with a man dressed as a giant burger to
deliver a letter to business secretary Greg Clark calling on him to put
an end to employers taking a part of the credit card tips that customers
Two years ago his predecessor Sajid Javid promised to tackle the problem
but nothing has been done. The workers say TGI Fridays use the tips to drive
down the pay of staff in kitchens, and demand to keep the tips they have
earned and for proper pay for all restaurant staff.
Stop Brexit 'Pies Not Lies'
Old Palace Yard, Westminster, London. Tue 12 Jun 2018
Steven Bray (right)who founded the he Stand of Defiance
Protesters continue their protests outside Parliament calling for
an end to the process of leaving Europe with a 'Pies Not Lies' Remainathon
during the parliamentary debate on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.
The Stand of Defiance European Movement, SODEM, started by Steven Bray
in September 2017 have continued to protest every day that MPs are in session.
They say the public was misled by deliberate lies to vote to leave the EU,
that Brexit does not reflect the will of the people, and that few if any
of the 52% actually voted for the kind of hard Brexit that the government
Al Quds (Jerusalem) Day
Saudi embassy, Mayfair, London. Sun 10 Jun 2018
Protesters hold the largest Palestinian flag ever made, 70m long to symbolise
the 70 years since the Nakba
A large crowd squashed into the street in front of the Saudi Arabian
embassy for a rally in support of the oppressed people of Palestine and
others around the world.
The event, organised by the Justice for Palestine Committee, is supported
by the Islamic Human Rights Commission and a wide range of pro-Palestinian
organisations, and was opposed by the Zionist Federation and some right
wing hooligans, who were stopped from attacking the peaceful event by a
large police presence in the area.
Celebrated in many countries, Al Quds Day, established by the Islamic Republic
of Iran in 1979, has been marked in London for over 30 years.
This year's event was a gesture of defiance to the demonisation campaign
and the ongoing murders by Israeli troops of innocent Palestinian protestors
in the Gaza Strip commemorating 70 years since Israel was formed on expropriated
Zionists protest against AlQuds Day
Saudi embassy, Mayfair, London. Sun 10 Jun 2018
Zionists shout in hate at the rally supporting Palestinians
and other oppressed people
Police had set up barriers to keep the official Zionist protest around
a hundred yards down the road from the Al Quds day event, while others who
were football thugs roamed the streets.
Police struggled to keep the football supporters away from the Al Quds rally,
and at one point had to tackle them forcefully when the got right up to
the barrier around it. The organisers struggled hard to stop some of the
pro-Palestinian protesters from engaging with the thugs, but although there
was a great deal of shouting from both sides I saw no physical contact except
some fairly forceful policing as the thugs were taken away. Among them were
one or two Jewish men I recognised from previous Zionist protests.
The official Zionist Federation protest kept behind the barriers, and contented
themselves with shouting at the Palestinians and their supporters, who largely
ignored them, though a handful faced them at a distance and shouted back.
This official counter-protest actually seemed to be a little smaller than
in some previous years, and as a colleague remarked to me there may well
have been as many Jews taking part in the Al Quds day event, which was supported
by several groups and numerous individuals from the Jewish left as well
as the ultra-orthodox Neturei Karta, who always attract a great deal of
venomous anti-Semitic shouting from the Zionists.
The main thrust of the Zionist protest seemed to be against the display
of the Hizbullah flag by some at the Al Quds day protest. Since it the flag
of the Hizbullah political party in Lebanon as well as the banned Hizbullah
military organisation its display has been ruled to be legal in the UK.
Though it had almost disappeared at these annual events until the Zionists
made increasing complaints against it.
100 years of Votes for Women
London. Sun 10 Jun 2018
'Mothers and Daughters' on the march on Piccadilly
Women wore purple, white and green head scarves to make up three strands
of a huge procession in the suffragette colours through London marking 100
years since many British women gained the right to vote.
The 1918 act gave the vote to the first time to all men over 21 and to
men like my father over 18 serving in the armed forces, but did not bring
in universal suffrage for women. Women had to be over 30 and meet a property
requirement. It was another ten years before all women over 21 - including
my mother who was by then 23 - could vote.
My mother made no secret of her support for the Conservative party, displaying
their poster in our front window at every election. My father, who kept
quiet about his politics to avoid conflict at home, went into the polling
station every time to cancel out her vote with one for Labour.
End government killings in Nicaragua
Trafalgar Square, London. Sun 10 Jun 2018
A woman spray paints the images of a hand on the t-shirt
of a protester
A protest in Trafalgar Square calls for an end of the violence by the
Ortega-Murillo regime in Nicaragua, where since the 19th of April police
have killed over 100 protesters and a injured over 600, and there have been
many unjustly detained, tortured and raped.
Both the CIDH (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights) and Amnesty International
have condemned the government atrocities and this solidarity protest is
one of a number across Europe demanding the resignation of president Daniel
Ortega and his wife and and vice-president Rosario Murillo and a transitions
towards a transparent and free electoral process.
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 Ashanti'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
Downstream view from Chelsea Bridge
Images from journeys through Battersea, Chelsea, Vauxhall, Blegravia, Aldwych,
Holborn, North Kensington and elsewhere on trains, buses and on foot.
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