Posts Tagged ‘activism’
Mathew Herbert has been giving training workshops for Direct Action for many years – I caught him, in the middle of one – for a few minutes, here is some advice. This workshop is for an Oct 16th 2010 protest in London against the Oil Industry.
At the best of times there must have been CCTV in the heart of the Financial area in the City of London.
Especially on the day of protests, and so near the Bank of England, with thousands of police on duty.
Granted, the assault on Ian Tomlinson was just one of hundreds or thousands on that day. But still wouldn’t / shouldn’t the CCTV footage have been scrutinised? By whoever was investigating? Well it was the City of London Police investigating, but no longer.
Well looking around the net, I see Craig Murray saying the same thing:
Let me be quite plain. I do not believe that there was no official footage of the police assault on Ian Tomlinson. Just as the security cameras in Stockwell station and on the train were “Not working” in the Jean Charles De Menezes case, I accuse the Police of subverting the video evidence.
So thank God for that American tourist – and thank God he went to the Guardian rather than to the Police. If unanswerable video evdence had not now been produced, what lies do you think we would now be being told? –Craig Murray–
On a separate post of Craig Murray:
While is it not al little strange that the police were unable to deploy anyone outside the Royal Bank of Scotland to prevent this massive crowd of, err, five people and 28 press photograpers from breaking the windows, but were able to pre-position a police photographer inside to video it?
There is a new video with extra footage of the police forming a line around Ian Tomlinson as he is laying motionless waiting for the ambulance (and maybe already dead).
Isn’t it a sign of the times? Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Gaza …
The innocent suffering the most. He was not even a protester!
To Finish with – to emphasis the injustice and mockery of justice – more of Craig Murray (An ex British Ambassador):
All of which leads me to resurrect this bit I wrote in a comments thread in reply to someone asking why I hadn’t mentioned the possibility of agents provocateurs:
There was a fascinating and drawn out scene outside the Bank of England yesterday when a distinct group of some thirty were attacking the police, one hitting the police with a long pole. Prominent was a group of young Asian lads.
I recognised them because I was crushed up hard for a good while against the same bunch of young Asians outside the Israeli Embassy a couple of months ago, where again they were being inexcusably violent.
The very strange thing was that, plainly from Sky’s overhead cam, the Police had the ability to isolate and snatch this group of obviously violent individuals, and the police would have had my support in doing so. But they didn’t.
So who are they?
The IPCC has ordered a second postmortem examination, which aims to provide medical evidence as to what caused the death of the newspaper seller. The first attributed his death to natural causes. Guardian
It would seem impossible not to see the bruises from the baton. Or the impact of the fall.
And just as it is known that the police made many unprovoked attacks, yet only this one will be investigated because of a death, so then the question, how many fudged Post Mortems go on?
There is no longer a rule of law, everything is discretionary.
And an investigation and disciplinary action on the police might allay public concerns of less chance for repeat behaviour but isn’t the same true regarding post mortems?
Can someone high up make a nod and a whisper, and a murder is made to look like ‘natural causes’?
And other witnesses speak of a previous assualt on him (Ian Tomlinson):
Met faces claims he was attacked TWICE by riot police
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:44 PM on 08th April 2009
Several of the officers captured in camera footage as Ian Tomlinson was struck with a baton and pushed over have also yet to come forward, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.
The news comes as witnesses claimed riot police targeted the 47-year-old on two separate occasions.
The newspaper seller was manhandled by an officer 15 minutes before a colleague was videoed striking him with his baton before shoving him to the ground, it was alleged.
Photographer Anna Branthwaite claimed Mr Tomlinson was pushed to the ground and struck twice with a baton by another officer.
He was then dragged to his feet by the policeman who continued to push him along the street, she claimed.
Minutes later, a passer-by captured footage of Mr Tomlinson being felled by a police officer’s baton. It is not clear if the same officer was involved in both incidents.
The fresh allegations against riot police came as Scotland Yard faced being engulfed by a deepening crisis over Mr Tomlinson’s death.
Met chief Sir Paul Stephenson said that the video images ‘raise obvious concerns’.
It was also claimed this afternoon that riot officers twice charged G20 protesters trying to help the man who died after being shoved to the ground by an officer.
A third-year medical student who gave first aid to Ian Tomlinson after he collapsed told BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme how she stood over the stricken newspaper seller trying to protect him from rampaging police.
Lucy Apps told of the moment she spotted Mr Tomlinson lying in the street near the Bank of England.
The student said: ‘I saw him moving along but he was unsteady. He bumped into the edge of a doorway. He didn’t hit it very hard but he stopped and fell over.
‘I had him in the recovery position and someone phoned the ambulance. They told us to put him flat on his back.
‘I imagine they were about to tell us to do CPR but the police then charged the crowd again so I had to stand in front of him to stop him being trampled.
‘People were veering around him, so I went back to his side. Then the police charged again and began to force us away from him.
‘I refused to move and told them I was a medical student and that I saw him collapse, but they forced me away when I told them I didn’t know him.
‘The guy on the phone to the ambulance said to the police that the operator wanted to speak to them but the policeman refused and just moved us away.’
The revelations come after it was revealed the policeman who appeared to strike 47-year-old with his baton before shoving him to the ground, may face criminal charges. –Daily Mail–
Many years ago I was standing a 100 yards away from demonstrators, only to be swept up in a police ‘kettle’. Not being a participant I worked my way to the front and asked if I could be let out. At which point a policeman kicked me.
They kept us there for hours and hemmed us in real tight, and when the rear of a crowd pushed then that reverberated throughout. It antagonised the hot heads and punished the innocent.
And lends credence to the axiom that the police are there to protect the wealthy.
Anarchists speaking at Speakers corner after the Demo last Saturday.
There are embarrassing moments in this recording, but there are also moments of wisdom.
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This is a 20 minute extract of the full recording.
After this extract some speaker is spewing a lot of rubbish (according to me)
This extract also available here
Actually I see no hope whatsover for calls for anarchy.
They will be the first to be mowed down.
And any call for violence is a fatal mistake.
Anarchy means living without authority, we are not ready for that.
But their predictions of the end of this system is correct.
Original sound from: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/03/425587.html
A conservative blogger forgets about the wars and the genocide, that the missing billions are financing that, along with the huge pollution it generates.
He is forgiving to the bankers, “as they are necessary”. He must have a good savings account, or he is involved in corruption or war mongering…
And he does not mention Fiat money, which is licensing a band of criminals to rule over us.
He says there is nothing to replace capitalism, Ron Paul or Sharia economic laws are two suggestions.
James Burdett’s Blog: The thoughts of a Home Counties Conservative….
As the G20 approaches, everyone is expecting protests in London. Some are also expecting something more than just protests. I can imagine that a large part of these protests will feature people who are anti-capitalist, anti-globalisation, anti-US. There will be Climate Change protesters, there will be those who think that whacking the bankers will solve the problem. There will be all sorts of people with all sorts of different agendas and very few of them will be sensible or viable.
The anti-capitalists don’t have a viable agenda. What do you replace capitalism with? Communism? That worked in the 70 years that it was tried in the 2oth Century. Admittedly there are some outposts now in South and Latin America, but these nations are over time going to fall behind over time. The anti-globalisation crew need to realise that when anyone can get on a PC anywhere in the world and chat to anyone else anywhere else in the world then globalisation isn’t something you can successfully oppose. The Climate Change crew will no doubt be advocating solutions that are neither viable, nor would be terribly popular. The fact is that climate change needs to be dealt with but not in a knee-jerk fashion and not with methods that would do harm in other areas. The hang-a-banker crowd should realise that whilst yes some bankers went way beyond what they should have done, many of them were doing a very good job, and we need them to do a very good job going forward. History teaches that witch hunts don’t find witches, and they tell us more about the hunters than the hunted. –more–
Lets borrow from all strains of thought:
Buddhism – there is not one God, therefore everything is holy.
Christianity – forgive
Islam – No interest rates, no speculation – no making money from money.
Hindus – a perfect health system (Ayurveda)