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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
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.
Tottenham remembers Mark Duggan
Tottenham, London. Sun 4 Aug 2017
The family of Jermaine Baker, shot by police, want
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 .
Broadwater Farm Estate
Tottenham, London. Sun 4 Aug 2017
Moselle goes underground as it approaches Broadwater Farm
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.
Stop Killing Londoners road block
Marylebone Road, London. Fri 2 Aug 2017
A white van driver tries to push his way through the
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
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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