Since 1969, three thousand one hundred and eighty people have died in police, prison, psychiatric or immigration custody.
Think about that for a moment.
That’s three thousand one hundred and eighty people – all of whom were someone’s son or someone’s daughter – who died unnecessarily and often in deeply suspicious circumstances. Three thousand one hundred and eighty people who arbitrarily and tragically lost their right to live their lives, their right to a future, their right to spend time with their friends and families.
And very, very few of those families have ever had justice.
That is why the United Families and Friends Campaign remembers each and every one of these men and women, each and every year – and you can see some of my photographs from the 2011 march for justice above.
(Click on an image to enlarge it)
With public sector workers on strike across the country yesterday, somewhere between fifteen and thirty thousand strikers (depending on which media or official source you consult, as is ever the case with these things!) and their supporters attended a central London march and rally in opposition to government cuts to the sector and their pensions. This slideshow is just some of what I saw.
Many, many thanks to all the amazing women (and one male ally!) who let me photograph them and their placards at Saturday’s Slutwalk London – this slideshow represents a tiny fraction of all the photos I took, but every image has inspired me in some way…
(BBC News website report on Slutwalk London here)
Note: It has been pointed out to me that the first picture in the slideshow sequence doesn’t seem to be showing – will try and fix that as soon as I can!
Update: As of 15/06/11, the slideshow appears to be working correctly again – let me know if there are any more problems with it!
There’s been a spate of witty and amusing placards and banners on show at various recent demonstrations in London (current favourites include the Father Ted-inspired ‘Down with this sort of thing!’, ‘Capitalists of the world ignite’ and ‘I bet they still have EMA at Hogwarts’). I spotted this librarian making a damn good point at yesterday’s massive March For The Alternative…