Shut Down Yarl's Wood
Near Bedford, UK. Sat 10 Sep 2016
People make a noise at the fence to Yarl's Wood
Hundreds of protester braved persistent rain to stand for several hours
in a protest organised by Movement for Justice waving and shouting support
to the women asylum seekers held indefinitely inside Yarl's Wood, who responded
enthusiastically by shouting and waving back from the prison blocks behind
the high fence, hindered by windows that hardly open.
Several spoke to the protesters on their mobile phones, some telling how
Serco security guards had prevented them from coming to the windows and were
threatening those who greeted the protesters with solitary confinement, and
there were speeches by a procession of women who had been held, some for a
year or more, inside the immigration prison.
Holborn Viaduct to Bethnal Green
London. Thur 8 Sep 2016
Holborn Viaduct and Farringdon St
I was on my way to visit a friend and had some time to spare, so got
of the bus to take some mainly panoramic images around Holborn Viaduct, where
I'd see on a previous journey past the the building work to the southwest
of the bridge. I'd a couple of pictures while the demolition was taking place
some time ago.
The viaduct which dates from 1863 -1869 was part of an improvement scheme
to take the road over the valley of the River Fleet, which by then ran under
the road below. One of the first 'flyovers' in London it was lavishly decorated
and there are pavillions at the four corners with steps leading to Farringdon
St below. Some of it had to be rebuilt after being destroyed in the 1941 Blitz,
and the two northern pavillions were restored to include lifts in 2000 and
2014 as parts of building developments.
The panoramic images here have the normal 'full-frame' 1.5:1 aspect ratio,
with a high vertical and horizontal angle of view - the latter around 145
degrees. Most are essentially uncropped but have been converted from a spherical
to a cylindrical perspective which renders vertical lines as straight lines,
while leaving horizontal lines - except that through the centre of the image
- as curves. Some were taken with the intention of cropping to a more panoramic
format. There are also a few taken with a rectinear ultrawide lens.
I got back on the bus and made a few more exposures both through the upper
window, which was unusually clean both inside and out, and one or two though
a small open sliding ventilation window.
DPAC block bridge over benefit deaths
Westminster Bridge, London. Wed 7 Sep 2016
Protesters block the bridge iwth banners, floral sign
Disabled campaigners calling for an end to the sanctions and cuts in
benefits that have led to the deaths of many disabled people block Westminster
Bridge in a protest calling for 'No More Benefit Deaths'.
Police asked them politely to leave, then began to threaten protesters and
journalists with arrest if they remained on the highway. Many of DPAC's disabled
protesters refused to move and a few remained blocking the roadway almost
two hours after the protest began, when they called a halt to the protest
On day of the opening ceremony for the Paralympics in Rio the protest called
for the new Prime Minister to make public the findings of the UN investigation
of UK violations of Deaf and Disabled people’s rights, to scrap the
Work Capability Assessment and to end cuts and sanctions which are killing
'No More Benefit Deaths' rally
Downing St, London. Wed 7 Sep 2016
At the end of the rally everyone formed up behind a
coffin to march to Westminster
Disabled campaigners with white flowers at a rally at Downing St to remember
the victims of the cuts and benefits sanctions which have killed many people
On day of the opening ceremony for the Paralympics in Rio they called for
attention to human rights and for the new Prime Minister to make public the
findings of the UN investigation into the UK for violations of Deaf and Disabled
people’s rights, to scrap the Work Capability Assessment and commit
to preventing future benefit-related deaths. At the end of the rally they
march behind a coffin towards Parliament.
Giant Banner 'No More Benefit Deaths
Westminster, London. Wed 7 Sep 2016
The banner hanging over the river wall opposite Parliament
London, UK. 7th September, 2016. A banner drop facing the Houses of Parliament
on the opening day of the Paralympics in Rio sent the message ''No More Benefit
Deaths #DPAC' calling for the need for human rights for all disabled people
and an end to the disastrous sanctions regime which has led to many deaths.
They urged the new Prime Minister to make public the findings of the UN investigation
into the UK for violations of Deaf and Disabled people’s rights and
to scrap the Work Capability Assessment and commit to preventing future benefit-related
DPAC at Bromley Job Centre
Bromley Job Centre Plus, London. Tue 6 Sep 2016
Bromley has the second highest sanctions in London,
denying 7524 claimants essential benefits in 2012-4
Bromley and Croydon DPAC protested outside Bromley Job Centre in the London
Borough of Bromley to demand they stop the use of sanctions against benefit
claimants and stop the abuse of benefit claimants.
Bromley had the second highest sanction rate in London with a total of 7524
in 2012-4, including many claimants denied benefits for the maximum allowed
length of three years. Recently a job centre employee there accidentally recorded
a conversation with another employee on a claimant's answerphone in which
she referred to the claimant as "some scrounging bastard that's popping
out kids like pigs".
The protest by Bromley & Croydon DPAC, supported by other groups including
the Mental Health Resistance Network, Bromley Cuts Concern, Class War and
local trade unionists, was part of a nationwide week of action, highlighting
the cumulative impact of the cuts on disabled people as the paralympic games
are taking place in Rio.
BMA Work Fitness Assessments protest
Tavistock Sq, London. Tue 6 Sep 2016
Unemployed Workers Group protest outside the BMA
Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group protested against the many different
cuts and attacks on claimants, particularly those with disabilities outside
the BMA HQ in Tavistock Square.
They were protesting against medical evidence from GPs being dismissed by
Maximus assessors of fitness for work, most of whom lack appropriate medical
knowledge and urge the BMA to confront the government over this, and for the
BMA to stop advising GPs to charge patients for letters needed by patients
for Work Capability Assessments.
The protest was one of many in a 'Rights Not Games' week of actions to highlight
the cuts are causing to the disabled to coincide with the Rio Paralympics.
Druids vigil against fracking
Whitehall, London. Mon 5 Sep 2016
The Warriors Call - pagans united against fracking
Pagans staged a vigil against fracking for around 24 hours on Whitehall
opposite Downing St.
A banner with a tree had the message 'Druids against Fracking - One (heart)
for Mother Earth' while another had more esotreic symbols with the message
'We are Nature protecting ourselves. One of those present was wearing a t-shirt
with the sigil 'The Warriors Call', a magic symbol widely adopted as an anti-fracking
DPAC against cuts in care & support
Whitehall, London. Mon 5 Sep 2016
Paula Peters holds a banner 'We Want Full Inclusive
Rights' as DPAC march towards Downing St
Protesters from DPAC who had lobbied Parliament and presented the Inclusion
London report evaluating the disastrous effects of cutting care and support
funding for personal assistance following the closure of the Independent Living
Fund in 2015 marched to Downing St.
They stopped in the roadway and police directed traffic around them as they
staged a 'Pop-Up Street theatre with poems, songs, spoken word and performances
showcasing the creativity of disabled people and the contribution they can
make to society with proper support. The event was part of a series of protests
calling for 'Rights Not Games' to coincide with the Rio Paralympics.
Rival Brexit protests at Parliament
Parliament Square, London. Mon 5 Sep 2016
Protesters hold up 'Spiked' magazine posters calling
for the UK to invoke Article 50 NOW!
Pro- and Anti-Brexit campaigners protested outside Parliament as MPs debated
a petition on the EU referendum with over 4 million signatures calling for
the government to implement a rule calling for a second referendum as the
vote was less than 60%.
Pro-Brexit campaigners organised by Spiked magazine shouted loudly in Old
Palace Yard for Theresa May to 'Invoke Article 50 Now!', while a smaller group
of pro-Europe protesters held flags and banners in Parliament Square.
RCG Street Stall in Brixton
Brixton, London. Sat 3 Sep 2016
A banner on the pavement close to Brixton Station
against social cleansing
As I came out of Brixton Station to catch a bus I heard and saw some familiar
faces. The Revolutionary Communist Group hold a regular street stall in Brixton.
The posters, banners and speeches were about the plans by Lambeth Council
to demolish council estates - Cressingham Gardens, Central Hill, Fenwick,
Knight's Walk, South Lambeth and Westbury estates. They intend to work with
private developers to create properties at market rents, with probably a token
amount of social housing. Communities will be split up with current tenants
being forced out, probably to distant areas, and those who have bought property
can expect compensation far below the amount needed to buy similar homes in
Lambeth is a Labour council, and like others across London is engaging in
a policy of social cleansing. Council owned social housing is being transferred
to commercial organisations, with lucrative jobs going to some of the councillors
involved in the transfer. The process, started probably with good intentions
under the Blair New Labour government, has been perverted by property developers
and the increasingly commercial housing associations and is now being driven
by right-wing groups within the Labour party such as 'Progress', with as yet
no effective opposition within Labour, which still supports these programmes
which are completel at odds with traditional Labour values.
Baaba Maal boycott Israel
Royal Festival Hall, London. Sat 3 Sep 2016
A protester holds a large Palestinian flag close to
the Nelson Mandela bust
A protest by human rights group Inminds at the Royal Festival Hall urged
Senegalese musician and Oxfam 'Global Ambassador' Baaba Maal to cancel his
scheduled performance at the Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival later this month
in East Jerusalem, under illegal military occupation since 1967.
The protest took place next to the bust of Nelson Mandela, a firm supporter
of Palestinian opposition to Israeli apartheid, whose face was also on one
of the banners.
Sports Direct Day of Shame
Stoke Newington & Harrow, London. Sat 3 Sep 2016
Protesters outside Sports Direct in the centre of Harrow
War on Want protested outside Sports Direct in Stoke Newington and Harrow
as part of a countrywide 'Sports Direct Day of Shame' against their use of
insecure zero hour contracts which mean workers can be fired at will and make
workplace abuse of human dignity and workers rights hard to challenge.
Most of their workers are women or migrants and following a critical select
committee report by MPs Sports Direct has become emblematic of the rise of
precarious contracts that give workers no security. The protest comes before
the Sports Direct AGM this Wednesday.
Justice for Dalian Atkinson at IPCC
Holborn, London. Fri 2 Sep 2016
A police officer comes to find out what is happening
The Black Lives Matter movement protested outside the Independent Police
Complains Commission calling for the IPCC to be radically overhauled so it
will properly investigate and prosecute police officers involved in unlawful
deaths, including that of former Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich
striker Dalian Atkinson, who died after being tasered by police outside his
father's home in Telford on August 15th.
A police officer came up to ask the protesters what they intended to do and
then left them along. Placards called for 'No More Coverups' and 'Prosecute
Killer Cops - Justice Now'.
London, September 2016
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