#Blacklivesmatter Protest in Bermondsey

I thought there was something going on as I saw several police cars with burly police officers in vans, parked in side streets on a Saturday afternoon.  

Shortly after, a group of about 100 or so  #blacklivesprotesters turned holding placards on Jamaica Road. There seemed to be a lot of women in the protestThe atmosphere generally  was  pretty chilled.

The police vans, however, gave the protest a bit of tension. Road traffic police officers had their hands full controlling the heavy weekend traffic while all this was going on.  One of the protesters said they were on their way to Downing Street and that the march started from Southwark Park.

I didn’t see any trouble from any of the protesters or the police, but a 60-year- old pedestrian who had just finished shopping at Tesco, shouted at them that they were ‘racist c**ts’ but everyone chose to ignore him.

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Anti-Austerity Protesters leave a trail of litter

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PHOTO: Trafalgar Square

On 16th April, 2016,  anti-austerity protesters gathered together for a protest and left a massive trail of rubbish, some of it dangerous, in their wake along Trafalgar Square.  I saw protesters from groups  such as  the People’s Assembly, Unite and the Green Party. There were others, but I could not identify them.

The mess included beer cans and broken glass bottles. I saw several protesters’ dogs walking along their rubbish despite the shards of broken glass. It didn’t seem that  anyone who took part was bothered at this. Tourists who had come far to visit London, and help boost the economy, had to wade through all the rubbish.

Several young protesters were dropping litter as if it was the most normal thing to do. I handed them their litter back, which they probably thought very strange. They didn’t seem to care about the environment, let alone animals using the area.

I didn’t see any protesters help pick up their litter, leaving it up to the one or two low paid workers, struggling to cope with it all. The protesters seemed very happy for money to be wasted on people clearing up their rubbish. The tourist attraction looked like it had been visited by a load of flytippers.

 

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If people want Cameron to resign, than trashing  tourist attractions isn’t exactly going to win support. Even as  Green Left, this was appalling and I question my own politics. Sometimes I don’t think any of the parties can run the country. Will I end up being a Non Voter?

London: 9/4/16 Protesters call for Cameron to Resign #panamapapers

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Protesters turned up at Downing Street today calling for the Prime Minister to resign. Most of the people there seemed to be  ordinary members of the public, rather than a bunch of politicians,  many of them having  personal stories as to why they were there, and the recent video that Cameron had showing that ‘he was not in it together’, added fuel to the fire. Large crowds shouted “Resign!, Resign!, Resign!”.  Iceland’s Prime Minister toppled a few days ago, after a huge protest.

The protest had a tropical theme, many people wore garlands, Panama hats and Hawaiian shirts, some brought large beach balls.

 

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One man,  a Green Party supporter, said “vulnerable people experienced such massive cuts in support.  It’s galling to find that the Prime Minster has benefited from offshore tax avoid schemes and has blocked EU moves to regulate offshore funds. That unpaid tax could have helped fund much needed services”.

 

 

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PHOTO: Cardboard ‘moving’ boxes with a “I will help you pack! placard

I also met a man, a media student, who said that one of his friends actually managed Cameron’s Panama account. Although he was aware of this five years ago, he didn’t think much of it at the time.

Another man from who was in a wheelchair was extremely angry, “Mind my language”, and he said  he was facing huge cuts under Cameron, and huge pressure from ATOS despite him going blind and becoming more severely disabled with his arthritis. He was one of the many disabled people who barricaded himself in Parliament a few weeks ago.

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People here clearly had no confidence in the Prime Minister and protesters from all round the country will be continuing to protest outside Downing Street as long as it takes.

There will be a Panama Carnival on 10th April, at Trafalgar Square at 2.30 pm.

London: Facebook Group calls for Cameron to resign

A new Facebook Group, “RESIGN!”, has been formed to call for David Cameron, the British Prime Minster to resign immediately.
This comes after a time when Island’s Prime Minster resigned soon after the Panama Papers scandal was exposed, and Cameron admitting he profited from an investment in an offshore tax haven via Blairmore Investment Fund.
They will be making their way to 10 Downing Street at 12:30 on 9th April, 2016. The protest will carry on from 10th April to 21st April, at 11.00 although some insist they will be there ‘as long as it takes’.
Icelanders have also taken to the London Facebook Group offering their support, as well as Edward Snowden, the whistleblower.

Carnegie Library protest, Herne Hill

(Article by JA, Citizen Journalist, as Beaulieu Away).

Hundreds of people continued to protest today, in response to the closure of the Carnegie Community Library.

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One man, Edward Ochagavia, brought in several chess sets because the Chess Club was made homeless. He ran the club for sixteen years and had 170 children in the club ‘Where to move it? I’m moving it into the street’. On closing the library, he said  ‘it is so stupid, that they need to start playing chess, then  start thinking about it.”

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One man who was occupying the library, Pete,  said,  ‘We’re here for as long as necessary. We’ve got to change this decision. Vote Green 2016 – There is an alternative to the Labour councillors we’ve got here. We need to send a message on May 5th to Labour. One Green councillor, Scott Ainslie, has achieved so much across Lambeth. Just imagine what a council full of Greens could do.   Other speakers who attended today supported Labour, but were appalled at the closure.

An author said, “when my mum was pregnant with me, and she had trouble in her life, this was her place of refuge. It is the only place in town where you’re not obliged to pay for a flavoured hot drink.”

Another, a  Unison union rep, said, ‘How is it that, during the A levels, you  decided to shut two of the most important libraries in the Borough? Sadiq Khan completely refused to engage, even though there are libraries closing across London so it is a London-wide issue.We collected 15,000 signatures on petitions, they just ignored it, they don’t care. This is a message that we care”.

One of the librarians, Tom, from the  Carnegie Library, said, ‘This can be the start of the fight back,  that the hundred planned libraries do not have to close.  Let’s do this till we win. Another librarian, Caroline, said, “I recognise each and every one of their faces, because they are our users and I am so proud of you”.

“Twenty-seven years, my family have used this library so much. Once we lose our libraries, they’re gone” said a local resident.

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