À bientôt EU, see you soon
Westminster, London. Fri 31 Jan 2020
Marchers with EU staff and their banner outside Europe
People, many with EU flags went from Downing St in a procession to
the European Commission at Europe House in Smith Square.
They went to "bid a fond farewell to our much loved friends in
the EU, hoping that we will be united again one day soon". As
the organisers wrote, for many this "may be a sad day but let’s
celebrate the 47 years we were in the EU and all we contributed and the
positive influence it has on our country."
Extreme right Brexiteers came to shout insults at them before they left
and there were continued shouts from Brexiteers as they made their way down
Whitehall and through Parliament Square. At Europe House staff came out
to greet them as they bid goodbye, celebrating 47 years of cooperation and
hoping that we will be reunited with Europe before too long. As they said
outside Europe House, they are no longer remainers but rejoiners.
Extremist Brexiteers Behaving Badly
Whitehall, London. Fri 31 Jan 2020
Brexiteers burn a European Union flag surrounded by
a throng of photographers
As supporters of the EU met to march to say goodbye to the European
Commission, extreme right-wing Brexiteers came to mock and harass them.
A few tried to argue that the pro-EU protesters should be celebrating Brexit
and not the EU, but more simply shouted insults, calling the EU supporters
traitors and telling them they were not British, bad losers and more. Police
moved most of the group away to the centre of the road where they had several
attempts at burning EU flags, surround by a horde of photographers. The
flags were made of nylon and didn't burn on their own and had to be assisted,
mainly by a flammable aerosol spray.
The procession had been organised deliberately well before when the official
Brexit celebrations were due to take place, and were to celebrate "the
47 years we were in the EU and all we contributed and the positive influence
it has on our country."
British National (Overseas) Passport Holders
Old Palace Yard, London. Fri 31 Jan 2020
A small group protest the special status passports
for Hong Kongers
Holders of British National (Overseas) Passports call for the UK government
to identify BNO holders as British Nationals and grant their children British
BNO passports were a device invented in the talks between China and the
UK over the future of Hong Kong, and give no right of abode in the UK and
the special status is not passed onto children.
These sham passports appear to have been a compromise driven by both British
institutional racism refusing to give full British citizenship to the Chinese
and Chinese nationalism wanting to keep Chinese as citizens of China. BN
Hong Kongers are denied UK citizenship unless they can provide evidence
of not being of Chinese origin; they say this is discrimination and a denial
of their human rights.
Brexiteers celebrate leaving the EU
Parliament Square, London. Fri 31 Jan 2020
flagpoles all flew Union Flags and many Brexiteers came with plenty of their
Brexiteers, many with Union Flags, celebrate leaving the EU in Parliament
Square on the afternoon of January 31st 2020.
Most of those present were in jubilant mood, though some had placards which
suggested that there hopes would soon be dashed when the realities of Brexit
start to be felt. There were just a few of the more lunatic fringe present
and I managed to avoid them. I left a couple of hours before the square
really became crowded and the more official Brexit celebrations began.
Cargill, worst company in the World
City, London. Fri 31 Jan 2020
The doors were locked and the company name inside
covered up for the protest
London Climate Save protest outside the London offices of Cargill
who they say is the worst company in the world.
They accuse Cargill of being the main climate change contributor in the
entire planet, and with human right abuses which include child labour, mass
food contamination and water pollution. Cargill have actively lobbied against
forest conservation programme's in Brazil, where 91% of the Amazonian deforestation
is due to animal agriculture they support with their soy action plan.
Wikipedia gives more detail about the companies activities in a lengthy
article - and here I have extracted some of the main points:
Cargill is America's largest private global corporation, a family owned
business founded in 1865 and based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and incorporated
in Wilmington, Delaware. It trades, buys and sells agricultural commodities
including grain and palm oil, raises livestock and produces their feed as
well as human food ingredients including starch, glucose syrup and oils
and fats and salt. It also has an arm which manages financial risks for
the company in commodity markets and a large hedge fund.
Cargill has employees in 66 countries, exports a quarter of US grain and
supplies over a fifth of the US domestic meat market, is the largest importer
of meat from Argentina and the largest poultry producer in Thailand.
In 2005 it was subject to a court case brought by the International Labor
Rights Forum on children who were trafficked from Mali to work 12-14 hour
days without pay, underfed deprived of sleep and frequently physically abused
on cocoa bean plantations in Ivory Coast; similar allegations came in a
French TV investigation in 2019, with children trafficked from Burkina Faso;
Nestlé is a major customer for their Ivory Coast cocoa. It was also
linked to labour violations, including the use of child labour on cotton
plantations in Uzbekistan.
Oxfam has documented land grabbing in Colombia which has legal restrictions
on the amount of state land which can be bought. Cargill set up 36 'mailbox
companies' to allow it to buy more than 30 times the permitted limit.
The company has also been involved in many instances of food contamination,
though not always entirely down to its own actions. But there have been
a number of cases of large quantities of meat products having to be recalled
because of E. coli and salmonella contamination. [Doubtless this is something
we can now look forward to in a post-Brexit US-UK trade agreement.]
The company has also been accused of accelerating deforestation in various
areas, including by growing soy in the Brazilian Amazon, palm oil in Sumatra
and Borneo and cocoa in the Ivory Coast. It is also under investigation
for tax evasion in Argentina.
Twickenham, Middx. Thu 30 Jan 2020
Some of Twickenham's famous 'Naked Ladies'
A short walk in Twickenham with a few friends. I'd chosen the location
because it should have been quick and easy for me to get to, though a broken
down train at Staines before mine made me late for the start.
Twickenham is a pleasant place apart from when the Rugby is on. I'd promised
them naked ladies and a listed pissoir in Twickenham and our walk took us
past them and along as far as Orleans House before we turned around and
made our way to the White Swan. There we could have drunk a pint of Naked
Ladies, one of several real ales on offer, but I chose a different brew.
Later we walked back into the centre of Twickenham for a meal.
March against fascism in India
London. Sat 25 Jan 2020
A man reads the preamble to the Indian Constitution
and the crowd repeats it after him
A march to the Indian High Commission supports the huge protests across
India by students, women, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis, + workers and farmers
against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act of the Hindu fascist Modi regime.
The Act has led to horrific state and far-right violence against minority
communities. Muslim neighbourhoods and homes have been invaded by the police
and fascist mobs, young men murdered, women, children and elderly people
beaten up and tortured and property destroyed.
The protesters marched from Downing St up Whitehall and along the Strand
to the Indian High Commission where they stood behind a line of barriers
filling up the east-bound carriageway. They shouted for an end to violence
and for the Act to be annulled as it contravenes the Indian Constitution,
the 50th anniversary of which was being celebrated the following day.
The protesters stressed that they were not anti-Indian but were standing
up for India against the RSS Indian fascist Modi regime. They sang the national
anthem and then a man led the protesters in reciting the preamble to the
Constitution of India which came into effect on Republic Day, 26 January
1970 and calls for justice, liberty, equality and fraternity, reading short
phrases over the PA system which were then shouted by the crowd.
Zimbabwe Embassy weekly protest
Zimbabwe Embassy, London. Sat 25 Jan 2020
People hold posters at the Zimbabwe Embassy calling
for Zanu PF to go
Zimbabwe vigil activists have gathered outside Zimbabwe’s embassy
on the Strand every Saturday since October 2002 to demand free and fair
elections and an end to Zanu PF repression in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa was Mugabe's right-hand man for 40
years, and is accused of the genocide of over 20,000 Ndebeles in the 1980s.
Although he came to power promising reform he has delivered state terrorism
and protesters have been killed, beaten, tortured and raped by the security
Rally Against Fascism in India
Downing St, London. Sat 25 Jan 2020
'This Not the India that Gandhi Fought For - Democracy
is in ICU
A rally at Downing St supports the huge protests across India by students,
women, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis, workers and farmers against the Citizenship
Passed by the Hindu fascist Modi regime, this Act has prompted horrific
state and far-right violence with Muslim neighbourhoods and homes have been
invaded by the police and fascist mobs, young men murdered, women, children
and elderly people beaten up and tortured and property destroyed.
There were many speakers from Indian organisations in the UK and by recently
elected Labour MP for Ilford South, Sam Tarry before the protesters set
off to march to the Indian High Commission (see separate post above.)
Resisting State Violence - Brazil to India
Brazilian Embassy, London. Sat 25 Jan 2020
People hold posters with slogans from India and Iran
People from the UK and abroad at the Brazilian Embassy against Brazilian
President Jair Bolsonaro joining Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at
India’s 70th Republic Day celebrations.
Both India and Brazil have racist policies against minorities and face
massive protests against these in Brazil and India. Speakers also covered
state violence in Chile, Iran and Palestine, and there was a performance
of the Chilean Anti-rape song before a march to join the later protest against
India's Islamophobic Citizenship Amendment Act.
The protest was organised by SOAS India Society and International Solidarity
Group and supported by others including South Asian Students Against Fascism
Brumadinho mine disaster vigil
Brazilian Embassy, London. Fri 24 Jan 2020
A speaker tells the vigil about meeting family members
of the victims of the disaster
A candlelit vigil at the Brazilian Embassy hosted by the London Mining
Network was one of many around the world marking the first anniversary of
the Brumadinho mining disaster.
On 25th January 2019, a dam containing mining wastes from the iron ore
mine at the Brazilian town of Brumadinho in Minas Gerais collapsed, releasing
a wave of toxic sludge over houses and farms, killing livestock and 272
people, with another 14 still missing.
The company that owned the mine was the Brazilian corporation Vale, and
employees at Brumadinho had warned the company six months earlier that the
dam could collapse. Brazilian state prosecutors charged 16 people earlier
this week with murder and environmental crimes. including the former CEO
of Vale, 10 Vale employees and 5 who worked for the German company TUV SUD
which had certified the dam to be safe.
Disasters caused by the collapse of mine tailing dams are not unusual,
though most are on a smaller scale and cause less damage and fewer if any
deaths and go unreported. But another dam only 75 miles away, owned by a
mining company jointly owned by Vale and British-Australian mining company
BHP collapsed in November 2015, killing twenty people in what was then Brazil's
worst environmental disaster. The residents of Brumadinho were very aware
of the dangers.
Some major investors including the Church of England disinvested from Vale
after the dam collapse and began working on an initiative to promote safety
of tailings dams, and the industry lobby body has also set up a committee
to produce global standards, but both rely on the mining companies policing
their own activities. And although some London-based investors have divested
from Vale, many still have investments in BHP, involved in the earlier disaster.
Among the speakers at the vigil there was one moving account by someone
who had visited Brumadinho since the tragedy and met the relatives of some
of those murdered. The London vigil was organised by the London Mining Network.
Regent's Canal panoramas
Limehouse, London. Mon 20 Jan 2020
The Regent's Canal goes under Commercial Road to reach
the former Regent's Canal Dock
More panoramas from the Regent's Canal, which this year celebrates
its 200th anniversary.
Over the past few years I have been making panoramic images of the canal
for a small exhibition in March 2020. Although I already have far more pictures
than I will be able to show, I want the selection to represent the full
length of the canal, which runs from the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union
at Little Venice to Regent's Canal Dock, linking the Grand Union to the
River Thames as an alternative to joining the river miles upstream at Brentford.
Regent's Canal Dock is now a part of the marina at Limehouse Dock, and
now also joins to the Limehouse Cut leading to the Lea Navigation, though
there is also a more direct link to the Lea through the Hertford Union Canal.
All of these images have a panoramic angle of view, generally around 140
degrees, considerably greater than can be achieved with a normal rectilinear
perspective, though where the subject demands it I have left the aspect
ratio of the image at the more normal 3:2. This gives a vertical angle of
view of around 90 degrees. For those that are cropped to the more panoramic
1.9:1 format, the horizontal view is around 70 degrees.
Ugandans at UK-Africa Investment Summit
North Greenwich, London. Mon 20 Jan 2020
Protesters from 'People Power Our Power' call for
President Museveni's arrest and a new leader
Ugandans protest against President Yoweri Museveni at the UK-Africa
Investment Summit in North Greenwich.
Museveni has been in office since 1986, overturning the constitution allowing
only two terms in office and has pushed through an act removing the age
cap and increasing the term of office from 5 to 7 years for next year's
elections. This has led to widespread protests inside his own party and
by the opposition. The country suffers from high levels of corruption, unemployment
They marched to the protest behind a banner 'People Power - Our Power'
condemning Musuveni's corruption, calling for an end to the militarisation
of institutions and civil strife, an end to torture, freedom for all political
prisoners and an end to the Appa land grab. They say Uganda needs new leadership
and Musuveni should be arrester for crimes and plunder of resources in Uganda,
Congo and Southern Sudan. People Power is a Ugandan pressure group led by
Ugandan member of parliament Bobi Wine calling for radical change in the
Egyptians at UK-Africa Investment Summit
North Greenwich, London. Mon 20 Jan 2020
Egyptians opposed to Sisi call him a dictator and
murderer but others came to support him
Egyptians for Democracy UK protest against President Sisi outside
the UK-Africa Investment Summit in North Greenwich while other came to welcome
A thin line of police kept the two groups apart. Sisi, a general who had
been Minister of Defence under Morsi led the military massacres of protesters
following the military coup in July 2013 and was elected as president in
2014. By May 2016, approximately 40,000 people had been imprisoned. He has
used arrests, torture and enforced disappearances against political opponents
including Sami Anan, the only credible candidate against him in the 2018
Against war crimes in Idlib
Russian Embassy, London. Sat 18 Jan 2019
A woman holds a picture she has painted of
Assad the donkey and devils getting oil
Protesters stand opposite the Russian
Embassy protest against
war crimes of Assad and Putin against the people of Syria in Idlib
Since mid-December Assad has waged a brutal and unprecedented
military campaign there with air raids that have targeted hospitals and
markets and killed hundreds of civilians. Over 500,000 have fled their
homes but have no place to go as the Turkish border is closed.
Earth Strike Oxford St rolling protest
Oxford St, London. Sat 18 Jan 2019
Protesters march along Oxford St behind the
banner 'Climate Change is a
War of the Rich against the Poor
Protesters from Earth Strike meet at Oxford Circus and hand out
leaflets before their series of protests along Oxford Street outside
banks and stores involved in the exploitation of the Global South and
the destruction of the environment.
Among the companies they identified and staged short protests
outside were HSBC, a bank that funds many activities causing climate
chaos, fashion stores H&M and Zara who advertise fashion and sell
clothes that are not made to last, helping the fashion industry to be
the world's second largest polluter after oil, technology companies
Microsoft and ee whose need for coltan and other minerals have caused
disastrous wars in the Congo and elsewhere in Africa, with child
soldiers - and with children working in the mines, as well as
McDonalds, the largest consumer of beef, resulting in the clearing of
much forest land, disruption of communities and ecosystem and making a
massive contribution to rising carbon dioxide levels which are the main
cause of global heating and climate chaos.
‘Stay Put’ Sewol silent protest
Trafalgar Square, London. Sat 18 Jan 2019
People stand with posters at the vigil
A small group continues its regular protests in Trafalgar Square in
remembrance of the 304 victims of the Sewol ferry disaster on April 16
The victims included 250 high school children who were drowned
after being told to 'stay put' on a lower deck. The silent vigils are
Support for Anti-regime Protests in Iran
Trafalgar Square, London, UK. Sat 18 Jan 2019
Flags and posters were set up in front of a stage
on the North Terrace
Anglo-Iranian Communities in the UK and
supporters of the People's Mujahedin of Iran's National Council of
Resistance of Iran prepare for a rally in Trafalgar Square.
The protest was in support of the anti-regime protests in Iran
following the admission that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
(IRGC) had shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane which have been
suppressed with illegal force by the clerical regime.
Release the Russia Report
Downing St, London. Sat 18 Jan 2020
A few protesters with EU flags, Union Jacks and
posters at Downing St
Protesters at Downing St call for
the report on Russian interference in UK politics to be released.
Ready before the election, they say it was suppressed by Boris
Johnson because it revealed important Russian interference in UK
politics including large donations to the Conservative Party and
pro-Brexit campaigns which amount to a Russian based coup.
Fight Inequality Global Protest
Downing St, London. Sat 18 Jan 2020
A woman holds two placards at the protest
A protest at Downing St was one of
many in more than 30 countries before the exclusive World Economic
Forum in Davos calling on the Government to listen to its citizens, not
the wealthy elite and to demand a fairer, more equal and sustainable
They want good education, decent jobs, health care for all, an
to poverty wages, hunger and homelessness in the UK, fair taxation and
an economy that serves people and planet rather than profiting from
No War on Iran rally
Trafalgar Square, London. Sat 11 Jan 2020
People in the crowd listening to speakers in
Stop the War and CND rally in Trafalgar Square following
President Trump's act of war in ordering the assassination of Iranian
general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, contravening international law and
increasing the risk of a major war in the Middle East.
Speakers included Lindsey German, Steve Hedley, RMT, Jeremy Corbyn,
Diane Abbott, Bruce Kent, Tariq Ali, Sami Ramadani and Andrew Murray.
No War on Iran march
BBC to Trafalgar Square, London. Sat 11 Jan 2020
Protesters kiss - but my camera had changed to an
unusable high ISO
Several thousand meet outside the BBC to march through London to
a rally in Trafalgar Square in a Stop the War and CND protest against
going to war against Iran
The protest was called after President Trump's act of war in
ordering the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in
Baghdad, contravening international law and increasing the risk of a
major war in the Middle East.
Act over Australian Bushfires
Australia House, London. Fri 10 Jan 2020
A protester calls for an end to killing kangaroos
for pet food
Extinction Rebellion protest at the Australian Embassy in
solidarity with protests in Sydney against the government over fires
resulting from decades of emissions, hundreds of years of land
mismanagement since invasion and a government denial of the impact of
XR call for proper funding of firefighters, genuine relief for
communities, a rapid transition from fossil fuels with support for
workers and for justice for First Nation communities. At intervals some
of the protesters walked out from the pavement to hold banners across
the road, blocking traffic for a few minutes before moving back to the
pavement. Police allowed them to carry out these short road blocks
There were speeches in the middle of the crowd, including by Dominic
Dyer of Born Free.
Justice for Cyprus Gang Rape Victim
London, UK. Mon 6 Jan 2020
Protesters pose with banners and posters in front
of the Cyprus embassy in St James's Square
A march from the Cypriot embassy demands justice for the 19
year old British woman from Derbyshire accused of 'public mischief'
after she was forced by police into withdrawing her allegation of being
gang raped by 12 men aged between 15-22, sons of prominent Israeli
families also holidaying in Ayia Napa.
On the day before her sentencing the protesters met outside the
embassy and then marched along the pavements to Downing St and
Parliament Square where they held a rally. Police eventually came and
told them they were not allowed to protest there, and they moved on, at
first to outside Westminster Abbey before turning around and going to
end the protest with a group photograph in front of the Foreign &
No War With Iran
Downing St, London. Sat 4 Jan 2020
A protester wears a Palestinian flag t-shirt and
another has the message 'Not in My Name'
Stop The War Coalition hold an emergency protest at Downing St
following the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, an act
of war by Donald Trump against both Iran and Iraq.
Speakers included shadow ministers John McDonnell, Richard Burgon
and Andrew Murray of Unite, Former Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad,
Lindsey German of Stop the War, Steve Hedley of RMT union, Joe Glenton
of Veterans for Peace and Kate Hudson of CND. They demanded our
government completely condemn this illegal act which seems to be
leading to a repeat of the disastrous 2003 Iraq War and could draw in
others including Israel, Saudi Arabia and possibly Russia.
An equestrian statue with Canada House and the National
As well as the usual images from my rail journey into Waterloo at Nine Elms
and Vauxhall etc, there are aslo some pictures around Westminster, the Bayswater
Road and Limehouse
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