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Santas Protest For Justice – 2004

Santas Protest For Justice: On Saturday 18th December 2004 I photographed a Christmas-themed protest with most of these participating sporting Santa outfits.

Fathers4Justice Santas Protest, West Finish

Fathers4Justice had been within the information in current months in 2004 with plenty of high-profile protests together with a few males dressed as Batman and Robin who received into the grounds of Buckingham Palace in September 2004. Robin was stopped by police, however Batman managed to shin up a drainpipe and sit on the roof for a number of hours.

Santas Protest For Justice

Their protest didn’t get the outcomes they desired, however did result in a tightening of the regulation relating to trespass on royal property and different protected websites within the Severe Organised Crime and Police Act (SOCPA) 2005 and 16 royal, governmental and parliamentary websites had been designated in 2007. Robin was charged for carrying a bladed weapon as he was discovered to have a bladed weapon – a Stanley Knife – in his pocket.

Santas Protest For Justice

Household courts have a tough job, and must take care of some very bitter disputes after relationships have damaged up. They accomplish that behind closed doorways to guard the youngsters concerned, and sometimes the selections they arrive to are laborious to grasp and unimaginable for a few of these involved to simply accept. At occasions they don’t seem to have the knowledge of Solomon!

Santas Protest For Justice

Since 2004 there have been some adjustments within the household court docket system, with the Household Process Guidelines 2010 permitting accredited media representatives to attend – with some exceptions and topic to strict guidelines on what they will report. And in 2023 a pilot scheme was begun in court docket in Cardiff, Leeds and Carlisle permitting journalists and authorized bloggers to report from Household Courts topic to guidelines of anonymity.

Fathers4Justice had been campaigning for entry rights for folks and grandparents to see youngsters after the breakup of relationships. As I wrote in 2004 “though courts might grant this in the mean time, the place they really feel it’s in the most effective pursuits of the kid, there’s seldom any enforcement of such selections. so at the moment entry relies upon fully on the cooperation of whichever guardian was granted custody.”

Fathers4Justice (they usually additionally embody moms, although fewer than fathers as courts largely award custody to the moms) need entry rights to be enforced and argue that there must be a everlasting relationship between youngsters and each dad and mom.

Lots of the Santas carried placards with the message “PUT THE FATHER BACK INTO XMAS” and a few carried pictures of the youngsters they had been being prevented from seeing. There was additionally an image of David Blunkett in a Santa Hat, because the protest got here 4 days after the then House Secretary was pressured to resign following revelations over his affair with Kimberly Quinn, then the writer of The Spectator. He was pressured to resign after having sped up the visa utility by her nanny. Their affair had ended however Blunkett had gone to court docket to demand entry to her two-year-old little one, claiming he was the daddy. He additionally claimed to be the daddy of a second little one she was then anticipating, however later DNA exams confirmed this was not the case.

Fathers4 Justice met in Inexperienced Park near the Underground station and I used to be capable of discuss with them and take pictures earlier than the march set off alongside Piccadilly. Together with the Santas there have been additionally some elves and a Spiderman. I took some extra footage and left them at Piccadilly Circus.

Scroll down the December 2004 web page on My London Diary for footage and textual content.

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