McStrikers demand New Deal
Downing St, London. Tue 12 Nov 2019
John McDonnell speaks, with Jo Grady of UCU at leaft
and TUC's Frances O'Grady at right
Workers striking at McDonald’s branches in London hold a rally
at Downing S demanding a New Deal for McDonald's Workers.
A rally by strikers from 6 South London McDonald’s branches and
supporters at Downing St demanded £15 an hour, an end to youth rates,
guaranteed hours of up to 40 hours a week, notice of shifts 4 weeks in advance,
recognition of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers’ Union, and to be
treated with respect and dignity at work.
The BFAWU strikers were supported by War on Eant and other groups including
the IWGB union, Global Women's Strike, Women Against Rape, Unite Community
and Jewish Voice for Labour.
Speakers at the rally which took place in the rain included BFAWU's Ian
Hodson and Ronnie Draper, TUC's Frances O'Grady, Jo Grady of UCU. Asad Rehman
of War on Want and John McDonnell as well as two McStrikers.
Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens
Stoke Poges, Bucks Mon 11 Nov 2019
A colourful display in the Rock and Water Garden at
Stoke Poges, with Stoke Park in the distance
Some pictures from a family walk around the splendid Memorial Gardens
at Stoke Poges. These images are not available for commercial use.
Our monthly family walk was a fairly short one, around the Stoke Poges
Memorial Gardens, a Grade I listed garden of remembrance on an estate set
up in the 1930s to preserve the area close to Stok Poges Church where Thomas
Gray composed his 'Elergy Written in a Country Churchyard' in 1750.
The gardens were created to the designs of landscape architect Edward White
and adjoin the historic Stoke Park, now a golf course but at one time owned
by Elizabeth I and later the Penn family, and landscaped by Capability Brown
and Humphry Repton. The extensive gardens are now maintained by South Bucks
Distric Council with volunteers helping the five staff. Many leaves had
fallen but there was still some remarkable colour on the trees.
The gardens are for the burial of cremated remains and anyone can apply
to purchase burial rights here, irrespective of faith, religion or where
you live. There are strict regulations with standard small plaques and all
urns containing ashes must be biodegradable. These rules enable the gardens
to remain as relatively uncluttered gardens rather than becoming like a
cemetary despite the 8,500 people whose ashes have been deposited here.
Despite a rather poor weather forecast it remained bright and sunny for
our visit to the gardens and the adjoining church. After our visit we found
a local pub that served decent pub food (and beer) in Stoke Poges.
Funeral March for Chile Protesters
London. Sat 9 Nov 2019
Women display white pants with fake blood in a protest
against the sexual abuse of protesters
Protesters dressed in black march from the Chilean Embassy to Trafalgar
Square in protest against the state violence in Chile.
Police attacks on peaceful protesters have over 20 and injured thousands
since protests began in mid-October. Many have been blinded and protesters
wore with a gauze pads on one eye. They call for President Piñera
to go. The protests have met with human rights violations including torture,
sexual abuse and rape and thousands have been arbitrarily detained.
The march halted at Parliament Square where a group of women dressed in
black performed in protest against the sexual abuses, smearing fake blood
on pairs of white pants which they then removed and held above their heads.
I left after their performance as it was getting dark and I was rather
wet as it had been raining steadily all afternoon.
Remember migrants who have died
Westminster, London. Sat 9 Nov 2019
People lay orange wreaths at the Cenotaph for the
migrants who died in the past year
Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants host a ceremony at the Ministry
of Defence with other groups the day before Remembrance Sunday to remember
all who died fleeing war-torn countries to seek refuge in the past year.
There were speeches and a silence and they held placards each naming one
of the 39 Vietnamese who died in a container in Essex. They then covered
their faces with pink gauze andmarched slowly to the Cenotaph to lay wreaths
to remember those who died seeking sanctuary.
Don't Extradite Assange!
Home Office, London. Tue 5 Nov 2019
Protesters were given free glow sticks to wave at
A large crowd in front of the Home Office waved glow sticks and called
for Julian Assange to be freed and not to be extradited to the USA where
he faces life imprisonment.
They called for an unbiased judge at his next hearing and praised Assange's
publishing record. Judge Emma Arbuthnott, Chief Magistrate and Senior District
Judge for England and Wales, is married to Lord Arbuthnott, a Conservative
peer and former chair of the Defence Select Committee which oversees the
Ministry of Defence and British armed forces and security services, whose
criminal operations were exposed by WikiLeaks.
Assange's father was one of the speakers. Vivienne Westwood read a speech
wearing a mask along with two others holding a string of banners, though
it was hard to see these because of the TV cameras in front of the stage.
The highlight for many was when British Sri-Lankan rapper, singer and activist
M.I.A performed several ear-shatering numbers bathed in rapidly flashing
coloured lights. I left after her set, though rapper Lowkey was supposedly
on his way to perform.
OAS Head visits Senate House
University of London, London. Tue 5 Nov 2019
People protest against Luis Almogro at the entrance
to Senate House
Latin Americans and RCG supporters protest at Senate House against
the visit of Luis Almagro, head of the Organisation of American States (OAS),
who was speaking there.
Almagro was speaking at Parliament and the protest had been planned for
Parliament Square, but when the protesters learnt he was coming to speak
in the university in the evening they moved the protest there.
The protesters moved inside the car park and went to the entrance to Senate
House. Security officers tried to stop them protesting there, saying they
must protest on the street outside the gates to University property, but
the protesters decided to defy them and protest where they were. The gates
are some distance away where their protest would not be heard.
The protesters say the OAS (in Spanish the Organización de los
Estados Americanos, OEA) is a "puppet of US imperialism"
and turns a blind eye to human rights violations by the US and Latin American
right-wing regimes, but supports attacks on socialist countries that stand
up to the US, such as the attempted coup against president Maduro in Venezuela
where US sanctions and blockade are said to have resulted in 40,000 deaths.
They were still protesting noisily when I left over half an hour later
to go to another protest.
Queer Solidarity for trans and non-binary
Soho Square, London. Sat 2 Nov 2019
Protesters listen to speeches in Soho Square
Protesters in Soho Square opposed the activities of a new hate group
which promotes transphobia, calling itself the 'LGB Alliance', claiming
it is protecting LGB people.
The protest by the Bi Survivors Network, London Bi Pandas, Sister Not Cister
UK, BwiththeT and LwiththeT pointed out that trans and non-binary people
have always been a part of the gay community and played an important part
in the fight for gay rights and there is no place for such bi-phobic and
gay-separatist views in the gay community.
March for Autonomy for Hong Kong
Marble Arch & Oxford St, London. Sat 2 Nov 2019
masked woman on the march holds an umbrella with a large CHinese poster
Protesters almost all dressed in black and many with black masks meet
at Marble Arch to march along the pavement of Oxford St in solidarity and
supporting the five demands of the Hong Kong protesters.
They want complete withdrawal of the Extradition Bill, a retraction of
characterising the protests as riots, withdrawal of prosecutions against
protesters, an independent investigation into police brutality and the implementation
of Dual Universal Suffrage.
Defend Rojava against Turkish Invasion
Marble Arch & Oxford St, London. Sat 2 Nov 2019
Kurd holds a YPG flag and poses in front of a banner and Marble Arch
People met at Marble Arch for a rally and march in support of Rojava
in North-East Syria against Turkish invasion.
The Kurdish-led democratic administration in Rojava has put ecological
justice, a cooperative economy and women's liberation at the heart of society,
enshrined in their constitution which recognises the rights of the many
ethnic communities in the area.
The Kurdish people's defence forces with the assistance of US air power
led the successful fight against ISIS, but Trump's withdrawal of US troops
allowed Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to invade their territory. The Kurds
have been forced to ask President Assad and his Russian allies for assistance,
which risks the future of their country.
Stop Hate Crime, Educate for Diversity
Downing St, London. Sat 2 Nov 2019
and a dog hold the Stand Up To LGBTQ+ Hate Crime banner at Downing St
A rally at Downing St by Stand Up to Lgbtq+ Hate Crime condemned the
increasing incidence of hate crime and bigotry against LGBTQ+ people and
defended the teaching of lessons which feature LGBTQ+ families and relationships.
They called for everyone to celebrate love, inclusion and diversity and
say No to Homophobia, Islamophobia and Transphobia. Before I arrived they
had held a brief protest together with the Guinean protesters against hate
crime and welcoming refugees.
I had to leave before they set off to march to Eros in Piccadilly Circus
to hold a rally speaking about their own LGBTQ+ experiences in schools.
Against constitutional change in Guinea
Downing St, London. Sat 2 Nov 2019
Women hold up posters calling for human rights, democracy
and freedom in Guinea
Guineans protest at Downing St against a constitutional change which
would allow President Alpha Conde to seek a third term in power.
The protesters were from the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution
(FNDC) , and they called for Conde to go. The London protest followed massive
protests in Guinea in October that led to 11 deaths. The protesters are
angry that their funerals have been delayed as the government has not released
their bodies to the families yet and they call for all political prisoners
to be released.
Day of the Dead
Columbia Market, London. Sat 2 Nov 2019
I was early and heavy rain had only just stopped so
there was little to photograph
I briefly visited Columbia Market which was having a festival for
the Mexican Day of the Dead.
It had been pouring with rain, and I was rather early, arriving exactly
as the day was supposed to start and very little seemed to be happening,
but I took a few pictures of shop window displays, hoping to come back later,
but was too busy with other things to do so. I've included a few pictures
taken walking there from Hoxton Overground station an a couple on the station.
Pictures as usual from Nine Elms, but also Westminster, the City, Belgravia
and a set of images from Southall Green along with a few odd images from
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