Archive for January 2008
Following filming the police protest all afternoon I stumbled on the film premiere of Rob Reiner’s The Bucket List.
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Wednesday 23 January saw 22,000 police march through London to protest their recent pay rise retraction.
Other groups like the Space Hijackers decided to give the police a hand, by offering expert advice on how to protest.
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A memorial was held on Saturday 19 January for a Brixton market trader, who was stabbed through the heart one week earlier while working in his cousin’s shop.
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The film came about after a short trip over to the northern French port of Calais in December 2007, to look at the refugee situation five years after the UK government forced the closure of the Red Cross Sangatte Refugee Camp.
The film centres around an interview with Ahmed, an Iraqi Kurd from Haifa Street in Baghdad, and his experiences during the war, his escape from Iraq and his journey to Calais as he sought asylum from the War on Terror.
The film will be preceded by a photographic slide show on the closure of the Sangatte Refugee Camp by photojournalist Guy Smallman and end in a talk with the film director Oscar Beard and journalist Simon Assaf.
All images (c) Jason N. Parkinson.
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From February 2008 the film After Sangatte will be availible on Reel News issue 12.
On Saturday 2 January 2008 at 1pm protestors gathered in Trafalgar Square for the Freedom of Assembly demonstration.
In July 2005 the UK Labour government implemented the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (SOCPA), designed to initialise the Serious Organised Crime Association (SOCA), or more commonly known as the UK FBI. But tagged on the end of this act were Sections 132 to 138 that banned protest within a kilometre radius of Parliament without prior police permission.
Thursday January 18 is the end of the public consultation process to decide whether the law will be repealed. But in the consultation paper it calls for expansion of those “conditions” on protest around parliament to encompass England and Wales, to “remove any confusion around conditions that can be imposed”.
The 200-strong protest marched, without police authorisation, into the SOCPA zone around parliament, from Trafalgar Square, past the Foreign Office, on to Parliament Square, to the Home Office, Scotland Yard, MI5 and back to Parliament Square, where a sit-down protest on the main junction was initiated.
Police vans raced in and the TSG continued their heavy-handed policing, arresting seven people, including peace protestor Brian Haw, who was injured in the process, along with many others suffering bruises on pressure points.
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