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Hiroshima Day 72 Years on

Tavistock Square, London. Tue 6 Aug 2017

Flowers at the memorial cherry tree - Jenny Headlam-Wells, Camden Deputy Mayor & Carol Turner, CND
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London CND held a ceremony in memory of the victims, past and present on the 72nd anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and the second atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki three days later.

After a number of speeches and performances there was a minute's silence during which the Deputy Mayor of Camden and others laid flowers around the commemorative cherry tree.
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Tottenham remembers Mark Duggan

Tottenham, London. Sun 4 Aug 2017

The family of Jermaine Baker, shot by police, want justice
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A march from Broadwater Farm to a rally at Tottenham Police Station remembered the death of Mark Duggan on the sixth anniversary of his killing by police, and also the police killing of other members of the Tottenham community - Cynthia Jarrett, Joy Gardner, Roger Sylvester, Mark Duggan and Jermaine Baker and the recent murders of Rashan Charles, Darren Cumberbatch and Edson Da Costa.

Led by Stafford Scott, when the march arrived at the Police Station there was poetry, a minute of silence and speeches from family members as well as local activists, Becky Shah from the Hillsboorough campaign and a speaker from the Justice for Grenfell campaign. A large crowd had gathered at the police station, including many you .
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Broadwater Farm Estate

Tottenham, London. Sun 4 Aug 2017
The Moselle goes underground as it approaches Broadwater Farm
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Broadwater Farm Estate, known widely as simply 'The Farm', became notorious in the 1970s and 80s when poor maintenance and crime in poorly lit 'deck level' walkways made it into a sink estate after problems with damp, infestation and electical faults led to half of its orginal residents moving out.

High unemployment and insensitive policing led to considerable tension, and after Cynthia Jarrett died while police were searching her flat there were several minor incidents which blew up into a riot as more and more police came into the estate with firefighters who put out a small fire. Faced by increasing attacks from residents the police withdrew, but two officers failed to escape. PC Richard Coombes was seriously injured and PC Keith Blakelock was beaten and hacked to death.

An intensive regeneration programme following the riots greatly altered the estate, removing the deck level almost completely and making both structural and environmental changes as well as dealing with the problems of management behind much of the resentment felt by residents, running the estate with a local management team, and jobs were provided by converting some shops into light industrial units. By the 2000s the estate had a long waiting list and had one of the lowest crime rates in London, though it still retains a powerfull and blinkering presence in the Met's demonology.

The estate is built over the River Moselle which still flows above ground in the adjacent Lordship Recreation Ground, a large public park of over 20 hectares in Tottenham in the London Borough of Haringey. The area remained as open land because of the risk of flooding until the estate was built in the late 1960s. Because of the flood risk there is no housing at ground level, which has extensive car parking under the blocks.

I took a walk in the park having arrived at Broadwater Farm considerably earlier than I expected (Sunday rail travel is particularly unpredictable this year) and then walked back through the estate.
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Stop Killing Londoners road block

Marylebone Road, London. Fri 2 Aug 2017

A white van driver tries to push his way through the protesters
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Rising Up environmental protesters in Stop Killing Londoners briefly blocked the busy Marylebone Road at Baker St in 'Staying Alive' road-block disco protest to raise awareness and call for urgent action over the high pollution levels from traffic on London streets which cause 10,000 premature deaths each year.

The protesters walked into the road with banners and umbrellas with the message 'Stop Killing Londoners' and sat down while a statement was read explaining why they were protesting and that it would only be a delay of 5-10 minutes, then danced in front of the blocked traffic before leaving the road.

They then repeated the protest a short distance away on the opposite carriageway. A few people argued with the protesters, several motorcyclists road dangerously through the protest and one man driving a white van first attempted to drive through the protesters and then threw water over them, but others voiced support for the need to drastically cut pollution
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