Against the Anti-Muslim pogrom in Delhi
India House, London. Sat 29 Feb 2020
A man holds up a poster based on the cover of the
A protest at India House condemns the violence against Muslims which
they say is spearheaded by Hindu supremacist BJP-RSS thugs and openly facilitated
by the Delhi Police.
Homes, shops and livelihoods have been damaged and mosques attacked, with
a rising death toll and many injured people being prevented by mobs from
getting medical care. The brutal violence is an attempt by the Modi-Shah
BJP regime to stop peaceful protests against the Citizenship (Amendment)
Act and in support of the Indian Constitution.
Earth Strike target Glencore
Mayfair, London. Sat 29 Feb 2020
A heavy shower shortly before the protest ended made
everyone crowd together in front of Glencore
Earth Strike and other climate activists protest at the Mayfair offices
of part British-owned multinational mining company Glencore.
One of the world's largest producers of coal, oil, metals and minerals,
Glencore profits from its ecological destruction in extracting minerals
like cobalt, copper and lithium vital in smartphones, computers and electric
cars. A flier from the Oxford Climate Justice campaign gave this summary:
Glencore's Business Model:
Tax Avoidance, bribery, money laundering, conflict material, child labour,
slavery, offshore oil drilling, rainforest destruction, coal extraction,
anti-climate lobbying, payments to right-wing paramilitaries, neo-colonialism,
water pollution in the DRC and toxic gas releases in Canada
All were footnoted with links to 15 articles on various web sites including
The Guardian, Telegraph and other reliable sources. But of course there
is much more. Their mining activities have destroyed large areas of ecosystems
and sacred lands and resulted in the deaths of many indigenous people, and
they are alleged to have paid for police and right wing groups to attack
and assassinate people who protest against them. Since 2017, Glencore have
spent millions bankrolling a secret, globally coordinated campaign to prop
up coal demand by undermining environmental activists, influencing politicians
and spreading sophisticated pro-coal messaging on social media.
The protesters blockaded the closed offices and held banners and posters
while various speakers talked about Glencore's crimes around the world,
including a speaker from West Papua where mining activities are poisoning
drinking water and from various groups including Earth Strike, RCG, Extinction
Rebellion, Free West Papua campaign, Oxford Climate Justice Campaign.
Last December a landmark legal case was begun in the English courts by
families suing them over children killed or maimed in their mines, and protesters
against their mining in several countries have been violently attacked by
police or murdered.
During the protest a giant banner was produced with the message 'Glencore
- Blood on your hands' and people made red hand prints over it. After I
left at the end of the protest the protesters marched to Piccadilly Circus
behind this, handing out leaflets.
Green Anti-Capitalists Rally Against Capital
Royal Exchange & Stock Exchange, London. Fri 28 Feb 2020
smoke on the march through the centre of the city
Green Anticapitalists protest in the City of London against the wilful
destruction of the Earth's ecosystems by the capitalist system.
They say this results in a few getting disgustingly rich by destroying
the future for everyone and ignoring the plight of the global south as they
steal its resources. They met in front of the Royal Exchange and next to
the Bank of England and set off marching briskly in the heavy rain. As they
went past the front of St Paul's Cathedral they broke into a run up Ave
Maria Lane, making for the Stock Exchange entrance on Newgate St.
A small group of police were already guarding the entrance, and more arrived
shortly. For the next couple of hours this and the Paternoster Square entrance
to the Stock Exchange were closed down with a thin line of police facing
the protesters. The police grabbed one young woman and held her on the ground
behind their line, roughly manhandling her for some minutes. Her comrades
made one determined effort to break through the line and free her but were
repulsed, and a long stand-off followed with police unable to take her through
either entrance to a waiting van.
This continued for some time after I left, and later there were apparently
three other arrests, one said to be of a protester who tried to give the
others biscuits. I'm not sure if any of those arrested was charged before
University teachers march for Education
London. Wed 26 Feb 2020
A woman with a banner 'We Are The University' listing
the various jobs needed to keep it running
UCU members at the end of a 5 day strike marched from a rally outside
the offices of university management UCEA/UUK to the City of London and
the offices of the USS pension scheme.
They want a pay rise and contracts based on a 35hr working week, the closing
of gender and ethnic pay gaps, an end to Zero-hours contracts and outsourcing
and proper contracts and greater job security for all staff, and for an
end to plans to end guaranteed pension benefits.
They marched through the centre of the University of London, going past
Senate House before going down to Aldwych and then east to the centre of
the city where the USS pension scheme offices are close to the Bank of England,
before returning for a brief rally in front of Royal Exchange.
City Inter-Livery Pancake Race
Guildhall Yard, London. Tue 25 Feb 2020
There are special white hats for those taking part
in the pancake races. Others dress normally
The City of London's Livery companies take part in the Inter-Livery
pancake races in Guildhall Yard, a tradition begun by the Worshipful Company
of Poulterers in 2005 supporting the Lord Mayor's Charity.
Poulterers supply eggs for the pancakes, Clockmakers time the races, Gunmakers
fire a starting gun and Fruiterers provide the lemons. As well as competitions
for Masters and members of the companies there is also a fancy dress class,
with some interesting contributions reflecting the livery companies and
Enough is Enough XR march
London. Sat 22 Feb 2020
Act Now - Teach Climate Truth - for Your Students
Several thousand Extinction Rebellion supporters from around the country
gather in Russell Square to demand action to combat climate change and the
worldwide droughts, floods, storms and wildfires which are resulting from
They want an end to government failure and climate damaging policies, media
distortion, racism and police clampdown against peaceful protest and labeling
campaigners as domestic extremists. From Russell Square they marched to
Piccadilly Circus and then on to a rally in Parliament Square. The promised
act of 'civil disobedience' at Piccadilly Circus did not take place.
Don't Extradite Assange
Australia House, London. Sat 22 Feb 2020
People on the march to Parliament Square, including
one dressed as a polar bear
People met at Australia House to march to a rally in Parliament Square
calling for the release of Julian Assange whose extradition trial begins
The Trump administration wants to try him under the US Espionage Act,
with a 175-year prison term or death penalty for exposing US war crimes
and illegal mass surveillance. Julian's father, the Wikileaks Editor in
Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, Roger Walters, MIA, Vivienne Westwood, Brian Eno,
Lowkey, Yannis Varoufakis and Chrissie Hynde were among those supporting
St Georges's Hospital Security Guards
Tooting, London. Thu 20 Feb 2020
UVW organisers Petros Elia argues with police to let
the rally continue for a short while
The UVW protest in support of security guards inside St George's University
Hospital in Tooting where the university was holding an Open Day for postgraduate
The guards have been striking for three weeks demanding to be directly
employed rather than outsourced to a private contractor under the minimum
legal terms and conditions. The university has refused to talk with the
United Voices of the World union.
UVW members and supporters met opposite Tooting Broadway station and marched
to the hospital where they entered the main entrance, pushing past a couple
of security guards on duty there and walked along to main corridor, stopping
close to where there was an event to recruit postgraduate students.
There they shouted noisily for security guards at the hospital to be brought
in house and to get similar terms and conditions as other directly employed
staff. There were a number of speeches, including a short statement of support
from Drill music star and London Mayoral candidate Drillminister, as well
as UVW members who have led successful campaigns for direct employment elsewhere
and other trade unionists. Police were called and let the protest rally
continue for some time before insisting the protesters leave.
Wimbledon & Tooting, London. Thu 20 Feb 2020
A strange pier leads out to the confluence of the
River Graveney and River Wandle close to the railway bridge
I had time before the protest at St Georges Hospital to walk up towards
the former Wimbledon Stadium building site and then follow the trail beside
the Wandle back into Tooting.
I'd arrived early as the time of the protest had been changed and I hadn't
noticed the change until I looked the event up when I arrived to find nothing
happening. I wasn't too annoyed as it was a fine day and a long time since
I'd walked around this area. I began by walking up Blackshaw Road and across
to Plough Lane, where I used to come as a teenager to watch Speedway (and
once when we got the dates wrong, the dogs) and which is now a large building
site. But as well as 600 homes and some shops etc the stadium is to be the
site of a new stadium for Wimbledon AFC.
A short distance along Plough Lane took me to the River Wandle and a riverside
trail which I walked down, eventually coming out at Denison Rd and making
my way to Collier's Wood High St, and I eventually met up with the group
of UVW supporters opposite Tooting Broadway Underground.
Youth Strike for Climate
Westminster, London. Fri 14 Feb 2020
F♡ck Your Valentine Not The Planet
Youth Strike for Climate march on the anniversary of their first UK
strike, with over 80 marches around the country.
Youth Strike for Climate demand a Green New Deal for Climate Justice, that
schools teach the future, government come clean on the severe nature of
the climate crisis and young people be included in policy making, with proportional
representation and a voting age of 16.
The march took place on St Valentines Day and a number of placards and
posters reflected the date. The began their march going past the Dept of
Education with a brief stop to make their feelings heard before going on
to protest outside the Home Office against their racist migration policies.
From the Home Office the walked down to Millbank, turning back to go past
the Houses of Parliament and Parliament Square and on to Downing St, where
there was a longer stop for the protest. They continued up Whitehall to
walk through Trafalgar Square where there seemed to be a little confusion
about where to go next and they turned around to go back down Whitehall
to Parliament Square.
A small group sat down in the road at Parliament Square and were quickly
surrounded by police who stopped others who tried to join them, but there
seemed to be no real support for this more direct action. Police issued
the usual warnings of arrest and eventually the group stood up and joined
the others on the grass in the square and there were no arrests.
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 successful, 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
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 Knightsbridge 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 centre piece 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
For once I don't seem to have taken any pictures from my train journey
into Waterloo, but there are some from several bus journeys from or to the
station, from Waterloo Bridge, in Holborn and some in the City of London.
Also a few from closer to my home in Staines and Laleham.
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