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Tibet, Syria, Fukushima, EVF & Lions – 2014

Tibet, Syria, Fukushima, EVF & Lions – Protests in London on Saturday fifteenth March lined a variety of points internationally. One other assorted day for me on the town.

London March for Freedom for Tibet – Downing St

Round a thousand Tibetans and supporters of the Free Tibet marketing campaign met at Downing Road to march to a rally on the Chinese language Embassy on the fifty fifth anniversary of the Tibetan Nationwide Rebellion in opposition to oppressive Chinese language rule.

Tibet, Syria, Fukushima, EVF & Lions

Earlier than the beginning of the march they sang the Tibetan nationwide anthem then marched up Whitehall. I left the marchers at Trafalgar Sq. to cowl one other occasion.

Tibet, Syria, Fukushima, EVF & Lions

It was a vibrant march, with many carrying the Tibetan Nationwide Flag or carrying gadgets in its colors. In my submit on My London Diary I wrote extra about Tibet and the brutal Chinese language regime there together with many extra photos.
London March for Freedom for Tibet

Syrians March for Worldwide Motion

Tibet, Syria, Fukushima, EVF & Lions

Earlier than going to Downing Road I had gone to Hyde Park Nook the place Syrians have been gathering at the beginning of their march to Downing St on the third anniversary of the beginning of their combat for freedom to point out their dedication to the trigger and their solidarity with fellow Syrians inside and out of doors Syria.

They have been calling for the worldwide group to assist them eliminate the Assad regime which had murdered over 150,000, severely injured 500,000 and imprisoned 250,000 individuals in Syria. 1.5 million refugees had fled Syria and over 4.5 million have been internally displaced and not too long ago Assads forces had began utilizing chemical weapons.

I left Piccadilly because the march was about to depart and met them once more as they became Whitehall and started their protest reverse Downing Road. Sadly the west was not ready to face totally behind the Syrian revolution, with Turkey very a lot against the autonomy it was offering for the Kurds and supporting ISIS and Russia stepping in to help Assad.

Many extra photos on My London Diary: Syrians March for Worldwide Motion.

Fukushima Nuclear Soften-down Remembered

Additionally at Hyde Park Nook have been protesters on the third anniversary of the nuclear melt-down at Fukushima, together with many Japanese, marching to remind the world of the risks of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons.

They have been led by a gaggle gown as flurescent barrels of roadioactive waste, whereas others have been dressed up in varied methods and a few carried large sunflowers. It was a reasonably small group however made a vibrant impression because it made its means first to the Japanese Embassy.I left them as they arrived there.

I met the group once more because it arrived at Downing Road the place they stopped for a brief protest and pictures in entrance of the gates earlier than shifting on to a rally in Parliament Sq.. However I had different issues to do.

Many extra photos at Fukushima Nuclear Soften-down Remembered.

English Volunteer Drive march in London

I met the English Volunteer Drive, combining a lot of proper wing ‘patriotic’ teams exterior the Lord Moon of the Mall on the high of Whitehall only a minute or two earlier than their march to Parliament Sq. started from there.

I had somewhat hassle getting there by means of a unfastened line of police who have been there to make sure that the anti-fascist opposition to the march have been saved nicely away. The round 100 EVF supporters have been accompanied by slightly extra police as they marched down Whitehall, however I used to be in a position to stroll with the and to speak to a couple of the protesters who knew me from earlier right-wing occasions.

They appeared happy that I used to be masking the occasion, however as I reported in 2014, “one man came visiting and shouted at me, pushing my digital camera into my face. I complained to police at this assault however they merely pushed me away. Later the identical particular person got here and threatened me, and a police officer did ask him to cease, although it appeared slightly half-hearted on condition that he was clearly breaking the legislation.

The foremost police effort was directed in opposition to the bigger variety of anti-facists and was largely profitable in conserving the 2 teams aside and enabling the EVF to carry their rally as deliberate in Previous Palace Yard. I noticed a number of arrests of EVF supporters who tried to assault the anti-fascists. Police had kettled a few of these briefly however they have been quickly allowed to depart as long as they went away from Parliament.

You possibly can learn extra concerning the occasion and see extra photos at English Volunteer Drive march in London.

Save Our Lions – Ban Canned Searching – Trafalgar Sq.

I walked as much as Trafalgar Sq. the place a number of marches from completely different beginning factors in London have been combining for a protest calling for a ban on the ‘canned’ looking of captive lions by rich trophy vacationers.

‘Canned looking’ is massive enterprise in South Africa, with greater than 8,000 lions in captivity, bred on lion farms and over 160 lion killing camps. These lions are raised with out worry of people and are sometimes drugged to make them straightforward kills.

The vacationers kill male lions and purchase the lions heads stuffed and mounted as trophies. The bones fetch excessive costs within the Far East to be used in ‘medicines’ or ‘aphrodisiacs’ although they don’t have any testable helpful results.

Most feminine cubs are killed at delivery with only a few being saved for breeding. The cubs are saved and vacationers pay to ‘pet’ and play with them and when they’re somewhat bigger pay for the expertise of ‘strolling with lions’. As soon as they outgrow this, they’re crammed into overcrowded cages in poor situations till they’re mature and might be shot.

Canned looking additionally threatens the wild lion inhabitants as some are captured to fight the inbreeding in captive lion populations.

Extra at Save Our Lions – Ban Canned Searching.

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