Brexiteers march at Westminster
Westminster Bridge, London. Sat 13 Apr 2019
One woman is one of very few Black faces among the
Extreme right Brexiteers, many wearing yellow jackets, continue their
protests walking around London every Saturday holding up traffic.
As well as Union flags and England flags they have flags and banners supporting
members of the armed forces and also for the Islamophobic campaign 'Our
Boys' which seeks to have a drunk driver of Hindu origin who killed three
young men prosecuted as a terrorist.
Sewol Ferry Disaster 5 years on
Trafalgar Square, London. Sat 13 Apr 2019
Sewol Ferry Disaster - 16/04/2014, 304 killed, 250children
Five years after the Sewol Ferry Disaster of 16 April 2014 campaigners
meet for the 60th monthly vigil in remembrance of the victims and in support
of their families.
They call for a full inquiry, the recovery of all bodies of victims, punishment
for those responsible and new laws to prevent another similar disaster.
They tie cards on lines with the class and name of the 250 high school children
who were drowned after being told to 'stay put below deck'. The tragedy
has claimed 304 lives.
Love the Elephant
Elephant & Castle, London. Sat 13 Apr 2019
'Demolish Delancey' and 'Love the Elephant - Hate
A rally and procession by Southwark Notes, Latin Elephant and Up the
Elephant at the Elephant & Castle shopping centre keeping up the pressure
on Southwark Council and developers Delancey to improve their plans for
the redevelopment of the area.
The campaigners, who are seeking judicial review, say the Elephant should
be developed for the existing population and users, rather than as social
cleansing to attract new, wealthier residents and shoppers. They would like
to see a development that retains the existing character of the area which
has become very much a centre for South London's Latin community many of
whom live in the surrounding area.
They say the development should include more social housing and call for
fairer treatment of the market traders, who should be provided with 'like
for like' new spaces at affordable rents and be given adequate financial
compensation for the disruption in business the development will cause.
After a rally with several speakers including local councillor Jack Buck
and Tanya Murat of Southwark Defend Council Housing, a brief procession
went up to the centre entrance and then back through the market area, where
there were a couple of speeches from the traders before security officers
came to move the protesters on.
Against extinction and trophy hunting
Cavendish Square, London. Sat 13 Apr 2019
Quite a few on the protest came as elephants
People meet in Cavendish Square to march through London to a rally
opposite Downing St as a part of the 2019 Global March for Elephants and
The marchers called on the UK government to impose a ban on the import
of hunting trophies of endangered species to the UK, and supported an increase
in the protection under CITES for elephants and opposed attempts to downgrade
protection of endangered species or reopen trade in ivory and other body
Times end transphobic articles
News Corp, London Bridge, London. Thu 11th Apr 2019
Protesters outside the offices of The Times say stop
publishing transphobic articles
Campaigners from Transmission, a group supporting the rights of trans
people, protest outside the offices of The Times newspaper against their
publication of transphobic articles.
An unfair article criticised The Tavistock Centre and all medical services
for trans children, which the protesters say are vital and clinically proven
to help cure gender dysphoria and lower mental health and suicide rates.
They say journalist Lucy Bannerman has earlier targeted the trans charity
Mermaids and ostracised trans athletes for competing in sports, and call
on The Times to end publishing transphobic propaganda.
Bethnal Green & Hackney, London. Thu 11th Apr 2019
Graffiti under the railway bridge and a view of the
Photographs from the Regent's Canal on the Bethnal Green and Hackney
border close to Cambridge Heath Road.
I walked up The Oval to the canal, photographing on the route. What was
once an industrial area next to the gas works is now part of a creative
area, with the former car park a mixed use arts and event space with a stock
of containers in use as artists' studios. The buildings which used to serve
as offices for Empress Coaches in Corbridge Crescent are still standing
but the yard around them is currently under development.
An alley leads down from under the railway bridge back to the Oval, and
I walked down there before coming back and along Hare Row onto Cambridge
Heath Road. I walked back up towards Mare St, turning down Andrews Road
to access the tow path, and then walking along that at first to the east,
then turning around to come back to Broadway Market before heading back
to catch a bus on Mare St.
Scrap Universal Credit Jobcentre protest
Tottenham Jobcentre Plus, London. Thu 11 Apr 2019
A cyclist rides through the protesters outside the
Activists protested at lunchtime outside Tottenham Jobcentre Plus,
speaking and handing out leaflets calling for Universal Credit to be scrapped.
The introduction of Universal credit by the DWP has inflicted great misery
on many of those who have been forced to claim it, often leaving them for
weeks or months with absolutely no money to live on. Most have had to rely
on food banks, which have seen a huge rise in people seeking help because
of UC, even in relatively affluent areas such as Surrey. Some have starved
or died because they cannot afford to heat their homes.
Those hardest hit have been the working poor, single mothers and those with
disabilities. From the start it has been marked by delays and inconsistencies
by the DWP and a harsh benefits sanction regime that has unfairly penalised
many, causing great suffering, huge rent arrears and making 1 in 38 new
claimants last year homeless.
The protesters handed out leaflets calling for UC to be scrapped to people
walking past and those entering and leaving the job centre; some stopped
to talk and shared some of their experiences of hardship.
Tottenham and Spurs
Tottenham, London. Thu 11 Apr 2019
Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium which opened a week
or so earlier
Spurs have a new stadium which opened recently, and I took a few pictures
of this from the road, as well as others on my way from Seven Sisters.
The new stadium looks impressive, but Spurs have annoyed many Tottenham
residents and other Londoners by wanting the change the name of the nearby
Overground station from White Hart Lane to Tottenham Hotspur. TfL apparently
wants to sell off the station name and Spurs are said to be paying £14.7m.
Many years ago in 1932, Gillespie Road on the Piccadilly Line had its name
changed to Arsenal, though that seems a little silly now when Arsenal have
moved to a new stadium which now is called Emirates.
It's a rather annoying piece of corporate branding. The station will remain
where it is in White Hart Lane (though I imagine some of that £14.7m
will go on giving it a rather necessary facelift) and I'm sure Spurs fans
will keep calling there station White Hart Lane (or perhaps for a while
New White Hart Lane.)
Spurs had rather hoped to get another corporate deal and for the new stadium
to carry the Nike name, but that branding fell through. Many hope this one
Parliament, London. Wed 10 Apr 2019
Pro and anti-brexit protesters were protesting side-by-side
without arguments getting out of hand
Just a few pictures taken walking past Parliament. Things were very
quiet with no yellow jacketed protesters and no insults, just the occasional
good-natured exchange of views and mild banter.
Living wage at Dept of Business
BEIS, Westminster, London. Wed 10 Apr 2019
Protesters on the pavement in front of the Dept
or Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Campaigners at the government department for Business, Energy and Industrial
Strategy (BEIS) show solidarity with catering workers at the end of their
three day strike for a living wage and decent terms and conditions.
The workers are on poverty pay, outsourced by BEIS to Ararmark who have
responded with threats of redundancies to the workers and their PCS BEIS
London and South branch representatives. Many are also struggling financially
because of their employer withholding of some of their pay following a change
to their pay cycle.
Staines, Middx. Sun 7 Apr 2019
The Swan Hotel is just across the river from Staines,
in Egham Hythe
We took a short walk going across Staines Bridge to the towpath and
Going downriver the tow path ends jut before Staines Railway Bridge. Boats
would be towed along and the horses unhitched, the boat serring across to
the opposite bank and the horses going across Staines Bridge and down Thames
St to rejoin the towpath under the railway bridge. We just went down a footpath
to Chrtsey Lane and walked along this to the Hythe the back across Staines
Bridge towards home.
Brunei Sultan gay sex stoning protest
Dorchester Hotel, London. Sat 6 Apr 2019
Class War pushed aside the barriers and the other
protesters followed them to the hotel steps
People protested outside the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair against the
multi-billionaire Sultan of Brunei who has announced death by stoning as
a punishment for gay sex, adultery and blasphemy.
They demonstrated against this barbaric abuse of international law and
human rights and calling for a boycott of his hotels around the world. After
speeches and around an hour of noisy protest behind barriers keeping them
away from the hotel, Class War took the initiative and pushed the barriers
aside to protest directly in front of the hotel doors, and were quickly
followed by the other protesters.
Sudanese for Freedom, Peace and Justice
Sudan Embassy, London. Sat 6 Apr 2019
A Sudanese woman makes a victory sign for me to photograph
Thousands of Sudanese gather outside their embassy on the 34th anniversary
of the 6th April revolution in the Sudan that overthrew dictator Jaafar
Nimeiri in 1985 to support the revolutionary movement in Sudan that has
protested for 17 weeks demanding freedom, peace and justice.
The peaceful protests in the Sudan have been met with extreme violence
with over 70 protesters being killed and thousands injured. The protesters
in London joined them in calling for an end to the violent and corrupt Sudanese
regime and for president Omar al-Bashir to 'Just Fall' and stand trial by
the ICC for genocide in Darfur, the Nuba Mountains and South Blue Nile.
I left before they began their march to Downing St to demand the UK government
end support for the Sudanese regime.
Private hire drivers protest congestion charge
London Bridge & City Hall, London. Thu 4 Apr 2019
After blocking London Bridge the drivers went to protest
at City Hall
Private hire drivers parked their cars to block London Bridge in protest
against TfL making them pay the congestion charge from April 8th.
The drivers accuse TfL of discriminating against private hire drivers who
are largely from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups while black cabs,
whose drivers are largely white are still exempt. They have taken their
legal case to the HIgh COurt, who today decided to hear their Judicial Review
in July, but refused an order to delay charging until them.
After blocking both carriageways of London bridge they left their cars
in place and marched to a noisy protest at City Hall, where an officer came
out to speak, telling them he understood their problem and promised to do
what he could for them.
Clewer, Windsor, Berks. Mon 1 Apr 2019
Cowslips in bloom
A short family walk around a part of Windsor Great Park on the edge
Clewer is at the west of Windsor, and we parked on a road at the south,
next to Windsor Cemetery in a short road, Hermitage Lane, with a gate onto
WIndosr Great Park. Most of the others walking around here were obviously
professional dog walkers. A footbridge took us across the Bourne Ditch and
we made our way to a densely wooded area (Queen Mary's Plantation.) We followed
a path through the trees, which eventually gave out, but were able to make
our way back to the Bourne Ditch at the point where it turns north from
We walked along a path roughly parallel to the ditch to a footbridge, and
crossed that to a bank, probably a flood barrier, that was spotted with
clumps of cowslips in bloom, before walking back to where the car was parked
and making for a nearby pub for a couple of pints of a decent local brew
and an unexciting meal.
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