Bermondsey, London. Wed 12 Feb 2020
A rather red room in the Anchor Tap, the colour helped by balancing for
the daylight outside
A walk around Bermondsey with a couple of photographer friends and
a pub meal.
I'd come up to London for a meeting about a forthcoming show, and afterwards
joined two other photographers for a short walk around Bermondsey, including
a few drinks and a meal.
Stop Jamaica deportation flight
Downing St, London. Mon 10 Feb 2020
Protesters opposite Downing St as heavy rain begins
A final protest against the forced deportation charter flight scheduled
for Tuesday 11th Feb took place on the evening before the flight.
As I arrived at Downing St for the start of the protest, what had been
persistent light rain changed to torrential rain. I tried to shelter next
the the trunk of one of the trees, but it gave only minimal protection and
I got out my umbrella. A couple of minutes later there was a sudden tremendous
gust which snapped one of the ribs of the umbrella rendering it useless.
The protest continued despite the heavy rain, and when it slackened slightly
I tried to photograph it. But both cameras quickly became very wet, with
one refusing to focus, and the lenses began to get condensation on interior
elements making further photography impossible. By this time I was wet and
cold and decided to leave. Fortunately after a couple of hours in a warm
place my cameras and lenses recovered, but I had managed only a few usable
A little after I left the protest news came through that a legal challenge
had been succesful, preventing the flight of the majority who the Home Office
had intended to deport on the grounds that the failure to provide working
telephone connections had prevented them from getting proper legal support
to fight their deportations. Apparently despite this the Home Office continued
to take them to the airport before later returning them to detention centres
in what appears to have been simply a spiteful reaction to the court decision.
BP Must Fall!
British Museum, London. Sat 8 Feb 2020
XR's 'Red Brigade' mimes were in black - for oil and
mourning - for the event
Over a thousand protesters tell the British Museum to end sponsorship by
BP, a company which is one of those contributing most to climate change
and is still investing in yet more fossil fuels.
BP are sponsoring the current Troy exhibition and protesters say BP arts
and culture as a Trojan Horse to hide its deadly activities. They brought
a Trojan Horse to the museum courtyard and some protesters dressed as Greek
Gods and ancient Greeks. The XR mime group usually referred to as the 'Red
Brigade' were in black for the event, the colour of 'black gold' crude oil.
XR also called on the museum to return objects looted from around the world
including the Parthenon marbles, and indigenous protesters included those
from West Papua. There were events in various areas of the museum including
the gallery containing the marbles before a final ceremony in the great
hall. Some protesters stayed on in the museum after the rest of us left,
making plaster casts which were donated to the museum.
End Jamaican Charter Flight deportations
Downing St, London. Thu 6 Feb 2020
After an hour of speeches Black activists make a
call for some action
BARAC UK and BAME Lawyers for Justice hosted a protest at Downing St
calling for an immediate end to charter flight mass deportations.
These deportations tear apart families, including many from Windrush families,
some children, who have lived most of their lives in the UK and including
people who are still going through appeals with the Home Office.
After an hour of speeches from Black women MPs, activists and family members
of deportees, black activists demanded action and led protesters to block
traffic in Whitehall. They continued to block the road for an hour or so
after I left to go home.
Tamils Sri Lanka Independence Day protest
Sri Lankan High Commission, London. Tue 4 Feb 2020
20,000 Tamils disappeared - killed by the government
Tamils protest at the Sri Lankan High Commission on Independence Day
against the continued denial of the democratic and national rights of Tamils.
Sri Lanka now admits the 20,000 Tamils 'disappeared' by the authorities
in 2009 are dead and Tamils demand justice for their murders and full information
about their deaths. They also call for the closure of torture camps, an
end to slave-like special economic zones, the return of land, trial of the
president as a war criminal and for self-determination for the Tamil people.
Battersea, Chelsea and Kensington
London. Mon 3 Feb 2020
Sloane Square is perhaps one of London's least interesting
Some pictures taken on my journey from Clapham Junction station in
Battersea to the Jamaican High Commission in Kensington and back.
There are many possible routes to the Jamaican embassy from my home, and
the quickest would involve cycling from Clapham Junction, but I decided
it was a little chilly for that and instead took the train to Battersea
Park and then a bus which goes across Chelsea Bridge and through Sloane
Square to Knightbridge and got off at Exhibition Road, just two minutes
walk from the Embassy.
And for once the bus had fairly clean windows, though I wasn't quite so
fortunate on my return journey, and the train windows were pretty filthy
No To Jamaica Deportation Flights
Jamaican Embassy, Kensington, London. Mon 3 Feb 2020
A woman stands in front of the Jamaican Embassy holding
a placard and blowing a whistle
Movement for Justice lead a protest outside the Jamaican High Commission
demanding Jamaica end accepting Britain's racist deportation flights.
They say these flights are a modern equivalent of slave ships, with deportees
manacled between guards for the flight. Those seized include many who have
lived here since they were small children, some from Windrush families,
and some who have families and children here who they are being taken away
The government labels them as criminals though many have only been convicted
for minor crimes, often years ago, and have served their sentences and settled
down and become useful and respected members of society. The act which allows
their deportation is shamefully cruel and has never been used to deport
white people, even those convicted of serious crimes. The Home Office 'hostile
environment' is clear evidence of institutional racism, and is intending
to deport many who have been held at Harmondsworth and Colnbrook who have
been unable to contact their legal representatives to argue against deportation
because the phone network there was unavailable.
Nine Elms, London. Sat 1 Feb 2020
A huge redevelopment is in progress around the former
Battersea Power Station
This area is now one of the largest building sites in Europe.
After the power station closed in 1983 there were a number of failed plans
for the redevelopment of the area, and some developers deliberately let
the Grade I listed building rot, removing its roof and apparently hoping
they would be able to claim it was beyond repair and demolish it.
Now it's exterior is being carefully restored as the centrepiece of a huge
redevelopment plan which includes a new tube extension. Other nearby sites
are also under development or already completed, including the new US Embassy
and surrounding buildings and sites closer to Vauxhall station.
The protest at the US Embassy ended a little early than I expected and
it was a fine day so I took a short walk before catching a bus back to Vauxhall.
Palestinians against Trump's Deal
US Embassy, Nine Elms, London. Sat 1 Feb 2020
Protesters let the small group of Zionists know what
People including many Palestinians, protest at the US Embassy against
Trump's 'Deal of the Century'.
The protesters say the aim of Trump's plan is to liquidate the Palestinian
cause and minimise sovereignty for the Palestinian people across Palestine,
marginalising them in isolated ghettos in a rigid implementation of the
current apartheid regime.
The protest was called by Palestinian Forum in Britain (PFB), the Palestinian
Community Association in London, the General Union for Palestinian Students
/ British Branch, The Palestinian Youth Foundation in Britain "Olive"
and Stop the war and supported by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC),
Friends of Al-Aqsa (FoA) and the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB). A
handful of Zionists came to oppose the protest and police kept them a few
yards away from where they shouted insults. more
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