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Slutwalk, Syrians & Extra Bare Bikers – 2011

Slutwalk, Syrians & Extra Bare Bikers: Three occasions in London on Saturday eleventh June 2011.

Slutwalk London – Piccadilly to Trafalgar Sq.

A number of thousand folks, primarily girls, some wearing intentionally provocative fashions, marched via London to demand the proper to put on what they like and to be protected.

Slutwalk, Syrians & More Naked Bikers

The protest got here after a police officer in Toronto had advised college students “girls ought to keep away from dressing like sluts so as to not be victimized.”

Slutwalk, Syrians & More Naked Bikers

They have been protesting towards the usage of the phrase ‘slut’ to explain the harmless victims of crimes and the blaming of the victims for the crimes that have been carried out towards them. The job of police is to guard folks on the road and arrest and get convictions of those that commit crimes, to not blame the victims for the crime.

Slutwalk, Syrians & More Naked Bikers

I wrote then “Ladies ought to be at liberty to exit on the streets dressed how they like – whether or not burkha or bikini – and be protected. A gorgeous gown is a sexy gown and never an invite to rape.”

They have been additionally protesting towards male violence towards girls basically and calling for higher schooling on the info about rape and known as for enhancements within the authorized, emotional and sensible help for the victims of sexual assault, rape and home violence.

Authorities cuts in public providers had led to a lower in help and authorized help, and the failure to supply sufficient reasonably priced social housing usually makes it unimaginable for victims of home violence to go away the household house.

Additionally they protested the failure of the UK immigration authorities to take severely the accounts of rape given by many asylum seekers and the usage of rape as a army weapon in Libya and elsewhere.

Extra on My London Diary at Slutwalk London.

Syrians Protest At Syrian Embassy – Belgrave Sq.

A crowd of over 100 Syrians protested outdoors the embassy after information of the federal government utilizing helicopter gunships towards peaceable protesters in Maarat al-Numaab and the ‘revenge’ assaults towards villages round Jisr al-Shugour, the place crops have been burnt, livestock killed, olive bushes uprooted and villages destroyed.

Peaceable protests in Syria have been met by growing army power in Syria and the protesters known as for President Bashar al-Assad and his regime to resign and for democratic adjustments of their nation.

The protest in London remained peaceable however very noisy and the 2 armed officers guarding the embassy door had nothing to do and different officers remained of their van a brief distance away. There have been no indicators of anybody being contained in the embassy throughout the protest.

Syrians Protest At Embassy

Bare Bike Experience – Hyde Park & Westminster

I’ve written a number of occasions lately concerning the annual Bare Bike Rides in London that are an environmental protest towards automotive tradition and and oil-based economic system, so received’t repeat myself right here.

I additionally wrote at some size on My London Diary concerning the 2011 experience once I photographed lots of the riders as they set off from Hyde Park. As I commented the experience, “Now in its eighth yr the occasion has turn into part of the vacationer calendar, with listings on the most important occasions websites for guests and in newspapers and magazines and a big crowd had gathered for the beginning, making it troublesome to {photograph} sensibly.”

This was the primary experience following the introduction of ‘Boris Bikes’, the scheme arrange by Ken Livingstone impressed by an identical scheme in Paris, however solely launched on thirtieth July 2010 after Boris Johnson had turn into Mayor, and plenty of on the experience have been making the most of these employed bikes.

The mass begin was made fairly chaotic by the big variety of spectators, many wandering onto the route holding up their telephone cameras, and in later years the experience was cut up to start out in quite a lot of completely different elements of London to keep away from this.

By the point I met the riders once more in Westminster, having taken the tube there, the riders had been cut up up into quite a lot of small teams and it hardly appeared a mass experience, however I learnt later that they’d stopped to regroup and there have been photos on the information of them en mass driving up the Mall and singing ‘Completely happy Birthday’ to the Queen, though she did not put in an look.

Extra photos (which clearly embody some nudity) at Bare Bike Experience.

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