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government wins appeal against brian haw's peace protest

rikki | 08.05.2006 13:14 | SOCPA | Repression | Social Struggles | London

brian haw, who has camped outside parliament for nearly five years as a reminder of their genocidal war-mongering, has been told today that he will have to seek police permission to hold any further demonstration, and that they are likely to impose conditions.

the verdict was read out at the royal courts of justice this morning.

the serious organised crime and police act came into force on the 1st august last year, section 132 of which requires any person intending to hold a demonstration near parliament to seek authorisation from the police and to adhere to any conditions that the police may apply.

brian haw won a court case in july last year against the home secretary and the metropolitan police which gave him permission to apply for judicial review, and quashed some provisions of the act, on the basis that it could not apply to his continuing demonstration that had started in june 2001.

he won the case and since august 1st his demonstration has been the ONLY one that has not needed police permission. however, the home sec and the met appealed against this decision, and today's verdict was the response to that appeal.

the appeal has been allowed.

section 132 DOES apply to brian haw

costs have been set aside and brian will not be made to pay any costs.

permission to appeal to the house of lords is REFUSED

permission to stay in parliament square pending any petition to the lords is also REFUSED.

brian is not prevented from petitioning the lords himself, but he is now subject to the socpa act until any further future judgement.

brian himself was not in court this morning, preferring to continue his demonstration against government policy in iraq, against the use of depleted uranium which will poison the land and the people for millions of years, against the wholesale looting of the country by big business, against the abuse of civilians, women and children, and against the lies that this government and the mainstream media told and continue to tell.

once the verdict was announced, the press pack moved in on brian, and asked their usual facile questions. he tried to get his real message across, not pandering to their soundbite mentality, and berating them for asking pointless questions.

he also told us that he had known the outcome of this verdict for the past week but would have been in contempt of court to divulge it - so he was not actually surprised today.

meanwhile, other seasoned demonstrators and anti-socpa campaigners seized the opportunity of press coverage to launch their own messages about the need for a real movement to recover the civil rights that are being stolen from us month by month under this government. police had obviously been told to act very softly softly while the media were there, and turned a blind eye even to the use of a megaphone, which is banned under socpa legislation.

brian's solicitor, steve goss, from bindmans, stated that they had now notified the police that brian would be staying in the square for the foreseeable future.

under the act, the police will HAVE to give permission for brian's demo, but they may impose conditions which are set out in the act as follows:
"if the senior police officer, having regard to the time or place at which and circumstances in which any public assembly is being held or is intended to be held, reasonably believes that
a) it may result in serious public disorder, serious damage to property or serious disruption to the life of the community, or
b) the purpose of the persons organising it is the intimidation of others with a view to compelling them not to do an act they have a right to do, or to do an act they have a right not to do,
he may give directions imposing on the persons organising or taking part in the assembly such conditions as to the place at which the assembly may be (or continue to be) held, its maximum duration, or the maximum number of persons who may constitute it, as appear to him necessary to prevent such disorder, damage, disruption or intimidation.

this means there is a possibility that police may impose time restrictions on brian's protest, and thus might require him to remove his extensive fixed banner display. it is unclear yet what their response will be.

it is understood senior met officers were meeting at 12.30 to debate these issues and will be contacting steve from bindmans with some information later. at present, and certainly while the cameras are there, the police have no intention of wading in and removing his presence, but under cover of darkness who knows...........?

if you want to help in any way, especially if you have a camera and can spend time in the square, please look at brian's website for info on a regular basis and get in touch.

the anti-socpa campaigning picnics will continue every sunday in parliament square and all are invited - bring ideas and food to share. they start around 1.30 every week and all are welcome.
more info on these can be found at

i will post more information on the police response as an addition here later. there will also be a short film in a separate post on indymedia later.

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correction: brian's solicitor is steve GROSZ

08.05.2006 17:02

apologies for previous error. the name of brian haw's solicitor from bindmans and partners is steve grosz (not goss)


latest news at 7.30pm

08.05.2006 18:44

Spook Plant - as stated in my piece, the verdict was that permission to appeal to the lords WAS refused. this does not stop brian from petitioning the lords himself, but as far as the case goes, it's over.

Itsme - the JamCam is now off "for operational reasons"

Mike Doherty - keep tuned here for the latest news!! :)

after senior officers met at twelve thirty to plan their next move, they called brian's solicitor, steve grosz from bindman's, and stated that having received his official notification and application for authorisation, that for the time being brian's demonstration is "authorised without prejudice" and that they will be making further contact relating to any conditions they wish to impose later.

there is a jubilant mood in the square among supporters at this news.

however, on bbc london tonight this evening, reporter sarah harris stated that she had been told by "senior sources" that brian's protest would be removed within hours not days. this is in direct contradiction to their assurances to his solicitor.

now maybe this is a journalist trying to inject some drama into the situation, but given that police have powers under the act to modify and impose conditions at any time, and given that they don't want to act while the press and many supporters are around, these mixed messages may well be planned.

if anyone with a video camera fancies a night in the square, it may well be an important one!

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indymedia news at ten

08.05.2006 21:46

latest news from the square just after ten oclock this evening

there are still around ten activist supporters of brian with him at the square.

several are intending to stay all night.

a reporter from bbc london has left a bbc camera with one of brian's supporters so that any police attempts to remove him will be documented.

there is as yet no clarification of the contradiction between the bbc statement that 'senior sources' had said it would be a matter of hours not days before brian would be removed, and the met's conversation with brian's solicitor where they stated he had been given 'authorisation without predujice'

everyone remains vigilant.

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morning latest

09.05.2006 07:37

well it's 8.30am and brian's still there.

police passed through the square in vehicles regularly throughout the night, including an encircling forward intelligence team, so there was a feeling of surveillance, but otherwise brian was left alone.

an indymedia journalist was hassled by community support officers when he tried to film them moving on a homeless woman at about 2.30 this morning. in a bout of 'little hitler syndrome' they threatened him under section 44 of the terrorism act, but soon backed down presumably under police instruction. (these poor misguided folk only get a few weeks training before going on the beat in their nice uniforms, so they can't be expected to understand the intricacies of every modern law!)

major newspapers have big features on brian this morning.

despite the daily mail's crowing "gone at last", the situation is that he is still there for the time being at least, and intends to remain indefinitely while the next rounds of legal argument continue.

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lunchtime news from parliament square (tuesday)

09.05.2006 12:04

the chief superintendent and several officers are due in the square any minute to have some sort of discussion with brian. they have been in touch with his solicitor. it is possible they are going to try and negotiate some sort of downsizing of his site, or they may be about to issue some ultimatum.

more news here as soon as we know.

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the indymedia five o clock news (tuesday)

09.05.2006 16:44

between a rock and a hard place

brian was visited by senior police at lunchtime. although his solicitor steve grosz of bindman's had 'notified' the police of his ongoing demonstration, they are demanding that he fill in the official authorisation form. they will probably give him until tomorrow to comply, and then as permitted under socpa, will notify him of the conditions they wish to impose on his demonstration. non-compliance with either the authorisation demand or the subsequent conditions will open him up to immediate arrest. it is felt likely that the conditions will impact upon his fixed banners and severely curtail the size and nature of his protest.

meanwhile, it is often forgotten, and hardly ever reported that there is another parliament square resident protestor. he is the russian alex, who sleeps at the corner of the square. today police spoke to him through an interpreter, and delivered the same warning as they have brian. police video and photography teams have been at the square and are currently filming.

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the six o clock update (tuesday)

09.05.2006 16:56

police have now left the square and the russian, alex, has signed his authorisation form. they will most likely inform him of any conditions tomorrow.

unless his solicitor can produce some miracle, brian is expected to either sign or face arrest tomorrow.


all's well at midnight (tuesday)

09.05.2006 23:31

police have implied that they will not allow brian or his solicitor to draw out this process. they are expecting him to complete a proper socpa application on wednesday and then they will undoubtedly impose restrictions in the form of conditions on his protest. failure to complete the application is likely to lead to arrest. failure to adhere to imposed conditions will also lead to arrest.

assuming that brian completes the form tomorrow, there is likely to be a period of cat and mouse, negotiation, and compromise over the next few days, but ultimately, the police are acting for the government, and are intending to break brian's protest down, sooner rather than later.

supporters in the square are trying to rest tonight after a hectic 48 hours, and restoring their energies for the battles to come. any night-time events will be reported here, but the general feeling is that the next few hours are expected to be quiet.


sunday solidarity meeting may be planned for parliament square

10.05.2006 00:28

various groups are planning a mass meeting in parliament square this sunday in solidarity with brian haw. the idea is to get more media coverage and make it impossible for the police to make arrests.

after eight months of documenting and campaigning around socpa, i can report that arrests tend to occur only when mainstream media is not present, and are very unlikely while the media is there.

a large act of defiance on sunday would have a very low risk of arrest and would help the ongoing battle against the current destruction of the civil rights and freedoms which we had previously fought for over hundreds of years.

as soon as details are finalised i will post them here. in the meantime, keep checking back for updates to the situation in parliament sqaure.

(you may need to empty your cache and refresh your browser to be sure of seeing the latest additions and comments here)

if nothing else happens, the sunday picnic will at any rate be meeting as normal ( - this is not generally a demonstration, but a meeting for like-minded souls to plan, brainstorm, meet, eat and drink. all are welcome - bring ideas and food to share. it normally starts around 1.30pm every sunday in the middle of parliament square.


Jam Cam Wednesday 6.59am

10.05.2006 06:16

The 6.59 Jam Cam shows a lorry unloading metal barriers. Some supporters still asleep. A few foot police on opposite pavement.


wednesday morning

10.05.2006 07:54

several supporters stayed overnight with brian again. they had a peaceful night and were undisturbed.

at around 7am metal barrier fences were installed - this is a normal weekly occurence on a wednesday for prime minister's question time. a few foot police are always on duty on the pavement in front of parliament, and although they obviously keep an eye on things in the square they never get directly involved, calling instead for another unit if they see a need. there is no out-of-the-ordinary police presence.

there is no news yet as to brian and his solicitor's decision on how to respond to the police request to fill in a socpa authorisation form. there is distinct pressure from the police not to let it slip another day.


mid-morning update (wednesday)

10.05.2006 10:44

no further contact between police and brian yet.

protestors in the square have used the metal barriers to hang a large peace flag at the whitehall corner of the square.


midday (wednesday)

10.05.2006 11:29

the metal barriers have been removed as is usual after p.m.'s questions on wednesdays (and therefore the large peace flag has come down) - no problems at present.

there are several supporters in the square with brian, including his long-standing right-hand woman 'maria gallestegui', who recently won her appeal against a guilty verdict arising from her arrest at the first 'unauthorised' demonstration in the square last august. also present is 'barbara tucker' who was arrested last year for standing outside parliament on her own with a small banner which read "i am not the serious organised criminal". found guilty under the socpa law, she was fired from her local authority job as a carer, and has since visited the square to campaign against the law on a regular basis, leading to arrest or "report" on several occasions.


Jam Cam 12.51pm

10.05.2006 12:03

Metal barriers now removed. No police in view.


afternoon report from the square (wednesday)

10.05.2006 15:45

a police team turned up with an interpreter and camera to film alex's display, probably with a view to imposing conditions on him. he'd taken a short break so they left, but are back to talk to him now at 16:36.

police seem to have accepted brian's solicitor's written 'notification' in lieu of one of their formal authorisation forms, and have already delivered a letter setting out certain conditions on his demonstration. brian and his solicitor have not yet formally responded to the conditions set out, but police have made it clear they will not tolerate a long deliberation.

inspector ed sherry is expected to deliver a further letter some time soon which may give some indication of the time-frame they regard as reasonable.

although brian's letter was marked "notification without prejudice" meaning that it was not legally-speaking an acceptance of the socpa law and any conditions resulting from it, the police are clearly treating it as such, and after monday's hearing have the upper hand.

once brian complies with any condition, it more or less nails him legally and within the law the police then have total control over his demonstration, able to clear him out at a future date with very little notice under the pretence of a security threat or suchlike. on the other hand, after monday's ruling he is technically already in breach of the act, and if he doesn't comply with conditions soon, then he faces arrest.

many of brian's supporters have arranged to meet eachother in the square at noon on sunday and some of them are inviting anyone to join them who would like too. members of the press may receive personal invitations too, and musicians, clowns, picnickers, and others might feel drawn to what promises to be a large impromptu party on the grass.


blair meets brian haw

10.05.2006 16:01

well, not quite! but at 1.40 this afternoon, blair left parliament by the gate opposite brian's demo, and while whisked off to downing street he undoubtedly saw and heard brian ringing a large bell and shouting "unclean, unclean, usa-uk, unclean"

blair must have felt all aglow inside remembering his own great speech - "when i pass protestors every day.... i may not like what they call me, but i thank god they can. that's called freedom"

police visiting alex the russian protestor have now left the square after leaving him a letter outlining the conditions his demo will be under. they have limited the dimensions of his display quite considerably, and although there is no time limit on his presence in the square they have severely limited his ability to sleep and live there with clauses that demand that he must not have any articles that can conceal or contain other items, that everything he possesses there must be on show in such a way that it is "possible to tell at a glance that there are no suspicious items", and the conditions may be added to or varied by the senior officer present if they reasonably feel it necessary under the terms of the act.


wednesday evening update

10.05.2006 22:33

brian and several supporters are getting ready to bed down for the night again. all seems peaceful. inspector sherry didn't show up, but i understand a letter was passed to brian's solicitors. more on this soon.

judging from the conditions laid out in russian alex's letter, it seems to me (and please note this is a subjective comment) that brian faces a difficult choice. if he gives in to the conditions, he faces a severely restricted demonstration, and the likelihood of further and more and more arbitrary police interventions, making his protest gradually more impotent. if he stands defiant, then the police will at some stage, probably sooner than later, move in and remove his entire protest. this may have a more positive effect in that it will achieve far more publicity, galvanise others to action, and once again bring the question of civil liberties to a wider audience. only brian can decide for himself.

in the meantime, he has been going strong this afternoon, and after seeing blair drive past, he has been continuing to use his loud bell in the manner of a town crier, and calling out:

"ring-ring, ring-ring, ring-ring,
unclean, unclean, unclean,
usa - uk, lepers of the world,
come and see what we do to our neighbour's babies,
depleted uranium munitions, our war material, our nuclear waste,
see what it does to the babies,
weep, mourn, repent!

ring-ring, ring-ring, ring-ring,
bring out your dead, bring out your dead, bring out your dead mps,
we want live mps please, live mps with living, loving hearts, not hearts of stone.

see what we do to our neighbour's babies,
usa - uk, weep, mourn, repent!"

a last note on the bbc jamcams. there are two separate cams, and for some reason they were switched over at tea-time. during the day we saw the high-quality surveillance cam which is mounted on the building at the corner of whitehall and great george street. later, it switched to the cam on a high pole in the central traffic island at the end of whitehall. i've noticed in the past that the building mounted one moves around and often points at the pavement below. it is very high quality - i've seen footage from it in socpa court cases. maybe we shouldn't read anything into all this. i'll get my anorak :)



11.05.2006 08:22

a large lorry arrived in the last few minutes, but this was just to remove the large white flagpoles - these appear and dissappear from time to time, so nothing sinister there.

everyone had a peaceful night in the square, the sun is out and spirits are high.

we are now into the fourth day of peaceful but wholly defiant resistance to monday's verdict in the high court.

a mass gathering of supporters of freedom will be in the square at noon on sunday - with media coverage.

in reply to 'anorak' - indymedia are everywhere! :)

more reports coming through the day

thursday morning

urgent news at 2.30 thursday

11.05.2006 13:38

earlier this week police delivered a letter outlining ten conditions on his demonstration in parliament square.
the conditions, including a maximum dimension of 3 metres in any direction, put such restrictions on his protest that they open the way to remove him later with very little notice.

police have told his solicitor brian grosz from bindman and partners, that if by 3pm today no sufficient steps have been taken to comply with the conditions "action will be taken to enforce the provision". this means brian would face prosecution for failure to comply with the conditions and face fine or imprisonment.

brian has responded that the terms and conditions as stated are unreasonable, and that he requires further time to negotiate them. he says that it is impossible to comply given that the net effect of the 10 comprehensive conditions would leave his demo as it is "hung, drawn and quartered".

unless brian takes steps to comply, for example by dismantling parts of his display, then the police will take action.

we are not yet sure whether the police will forcibly dismantle the display but it seems certain they will report him for prosecution.

supporters and media are urged to attend the square this afternoon if possible.


parliament square press release thursday

11.05.2006 14:12

Immediate Press Release
Thursday 11 May 2006


The police have given Brian Haw a deadline of 3pm today, Thursday 11 May, to remove parts of his display in order to comply with a set of conditions that they are placing on his demonstration. If no action has been taken by Mr Haw by 3pm, the police have stated that "action will be taken to enforce the provision".

Under Section 132 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCPA), the police may impose conditions relating to the place, time and duration of a demonstration, how many people may attend it, the number and size of banners or placards used, and maximum permissible noise levels.

After the Court of Appeal decision on 8 May, which brought Mr Haw's demonstration under SOCPA regulation, he was given authorisation to continue his protest but informed that conditions would be applied. By law, outline authorisation must be given by the police.

Among the conditions the police have imposed on Mr Haw's demonstration, is one that states that his display must not be more than 3 metres in any direction. This means that almost all of Mr Haw's display would have to be removed.

Mr Haw has asked the police for more time to correspond with them about what he considers to be 'unreasonable' conditions.

Mr Haw said, "It is impossible for me to comply with the conditions within the timescale given. The net effect of a serious of 7 comprehensive conditions placed upon me will be to leave my demonstration hung drawn and quartered. This has to be challenged."

He continued, "It should not be the duty of the police to remove this evidence of torture and genocide that the people of the world are flocking to see."

Mr Haw's solicitors are considering seeking a judicial review of the conditions that the police have imposed on his protest.

Emma Sangster, supporter of Brian Haw, 07791 486484
Stephen Grosz at Bindman and Partners on 0207 7833 4433.


jam cam

11.05.2006 15:14

jamcam view of police at the square


a little more detail

11.05.2006 15:24

police visited the square at around 4pm this afternoon. there were members of the press in attendance. an inspector, a sargeant, and a forward intelligence officer attended. brian was cautioned, but there was no attempt to remove banners or arrest him. they left after a few minutes, and brian followed them in order to make a statement. the press followed too and for a moment the road was blocked by the spill from the pavement.

i'll post more details shortly of what was said.


latest clarification of what happened this afternoon

11.05.2006 16:03

an inspector (cx12), a sargeant, and a photographer arrived (with police back-up in a near-by van) at about 4.

they cautioned brian, and he began to make a statement, telling them that the conditions they had stipulated were wholly unreasonable. anyone that knows brian will understand when i say that the inspector was overheard telling the station "this is going to be a long one", and it seems that surrounded by brian's supporters and some press, that amongst the mayhem, the police decided to retreat.

as they tried to leave the square, saying that they were going to report back to the station, brian and the throng followed them, causing a bit of a commotion on the road.

it is unclear now what exactly they will be reporting back, as they left without taking brian's complete statement.

there is some conjecture among brian's supporters that this whole maneouvre may have been an exercise to see how quickly the press and supporters could mobilise, as it seems the police themselves were a little unclear why they were there. there was certainly a good turn-out and most importantly the press were there.

more news from the square as it comes - stay tuned!!


thursday night update

11.05.2006 22:58

in reply to 'londoner', first, there are apparently seven points, not ten. this was corrected in the press release piece. i haven't seen them all myself, but i know that there are various draconian ones under the guise of security issues. these include making brian responsible for every article around his demonstration and demanding that nothing can be added, moved or taken away without his immediate knowledge. he also cannot have any article that conceals or contains other items, and they must be arranged in such a way that it is possible to tell at a glance that there are no suspicious items. although there is no direct time limit on his demo, it means that in theory at least, if he goes to the loo he has to be able to take everything with him, and if he wants to stay the night, his sleeping bag has to be out in the open during the day, even in the rain, as he can't have it in a container. it really makes his demo, as it is, unworkable. and of course there is the clincher, that the conditions may be added to or varied by the senior officer present if they 'reasonably feel it necessary' within the terms of the (socpa) act. since the act allows for conditions to avoid disruption to the 'life of the community', these powers could be easily used to remove him when dignitaries visit for example.

the latest clarification on the legal situation and what happened this afternoon is as follows. brian was cautioned and told that he was being 'reported' to the crown prosecution service who will decide whether to press charges and summons him. this could mean a short delay while the cps decide, but it also neatly side-steps the need for police to actually arrest him in front of the cameras this week, while still allowing the legal process to roll on unhindered.


overnight report - friday am

12.05.2006 08:50

all is peaceful this morning and brian and his complete demosntration is still there on the fifth day of resistance.

indeed, i have some heart-warming tales about overnight policing - wish that it could always be this way.

at about 2am, a drunken scottish man turned up at brian's pitch, and in his intoxicated state was clearly looking for a fight. as he was shouting and being abusive, he attracted the attention of community support officers who were on duty. he continued ranting and became physically violent, but police attended swiftly, and he was moved away from the scene towards st james park, and persuaded to leave the area without arrest. an all-round example of excellent policing.

later in the night, one of brian's supporters and a journalist were walking back to the square from a toilet visit, and a police van passed them slowly. the police in the van gave them both a genuine thumbs-up!

at about 5.30, a journalist started to get some evocative dawn video footage, including the mice of parliament square. as he trained his camera across parliament he noticed the gate guards making notes and pointing at him, then community support officers approached him. once he had shown them his press card and explained his presence he was left in peace.


Post updates to middle column please

12.05.2006 14:15

We've made this timeline a middle column article so it doesn't keep falling down the newswire. Could you post timeline updates to there please?

imc er

future updates

12.05.2006 23:32

thanks imc er

future updates will now go to the feature article in the middle collumn

check back regularly as any urgent call-outs from the square will go up there as they happen.



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08.05.2006 16:00

The BBC seem to think he's is barred from a Lord's appeal???

Spook Plant

Jam Cam

08.05.2006 16:05

You can keep watch on Brian's pitch with this Jam Cam, unless the cops choose to switch it off.


Forget the BBC,ITN,SKYetc.I find the full story at Indymedia

08.05.2006 17:36

I was frustrated earlier today because having learned Brian had lost his appeal through an early BBC announcement it simply stated that fact and nothing else
By the afternoon it had dropped off their web page altogether, I then found all the information at Indymedia I needed
It is no wonder there is so much general apathy to the loss of the right to protest,despite the good work of the activist groups,when the mainstrem media are so light on the real issues
I hope this doesnt go down in History as a time people failed to react intelligently and in unison to this creepy new labour repression
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Jam Cam latest

08.05.2006 19:18

As expected, the cops have now switched off the Jam Cam, which showed Brian's pitch. Does this mean they are about to act shortly?


Another victory for Blair on his road to War with Iran.

08.05.2006 19:29

Where's the suprise? Blair's power trends forward at an every accelerating rate. Does he hide this fact?

Now, its true that his main concern is revolt, but this is more a result of Blair thinking "surely this time I've gone too far, and even the most pathetic of sheep fight back at some point", rather than the reality of the mindset of the population.

Blair has the advantage of the most perfect intelligence gathering methods ever invented, namely IM, 'texting' and Email. Ever day, he is able to survey the thoughts of millions by tapping into the vast majority of our electronic communications (and, despite what you may think, this is completely legal under our current laws, so long as individuals are not targetted, but the spying is general and seeks to understand trends in our thinking).

This means that when Haw gets the chop, Blair thinks he has a near perfect idea of how we will respond. Of course our response has been the result of much conditioning (for instance, with the sick perverts telling people to cheer on the British terrorist acts in Iraq, because the people doing the butchering are 'our' boys).

Anyway, Blair probably doesn't think this is a good time, but his plans to genocide Iran are hurtling forward (neatly assisted with the essential new positions of his trusted psychos Beckett, Reid, and Straw). Haw was a symbol of resistance, a representation of hope, and watching Blair's boot descend upon his neck will teach us all a very valuable lesson.

You'll notice that Blair's New Reich goon, 'spook plant' takes first comment position. Goebbels, of course, would have ordered the self-same thing. Funny how Indymedia UK seems to attract so many 'freepers'. I guess pointing this out places my comment in imminent danger of being hidden, but then that might make things a little too obvious.

Anyway guys, wishful thinking will get us all murdered. Mr Haw was one brave man in a land where that characteristic is sadly lacking. Who did you really think would get the chop, him or Blair? And how many times does Blair have to win, and we have to lose before the threat of Blair is taken seriously.

BLAIR IS MORE POWERFUL TODAY THAN AT ANY TIME IN HIS PAST. His grip on power is absolute. Ever major institution in the UK, political and non-political, is in the hands of Blair loyalists. He cannot be displaced by what remains of our so-called 'democracy' since he is already a dictator with just 20% of the vote.

BLAIR ***WILL*** GO TO WAR WITH IRAN. BLAIR ***WILL*** ARRANGE TO HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS USED AS WEAPONS OF WAR FOR THE FIRST TIME (the bombs on Japan were NOT part of a war, but were scientific experiments into their effectiveness, and a shot across the bow for the USSR).

Blair will handle this last stage (before war allows him to take war-time powers against the population) with an explosion of anti-muslim propaganda, an explosion of racist patriotic 'our boys' propaganda (and we all know what THAT looks like), an explosion of disruptive psy-ops (like the moronic 'Straw against an Iran war'), an explosion of state-controlled mock-anti-blair opposition groups (like RESPECT), and an ever more ruthless targetting of those that prove to be REAL OPPONENTS.

TIME HAS ALMOST RUN OUT. People like Mr Haw have begged the rest of us to do something. Now the fate of the World dangles by a thread. Blair's final barrier is NOT our horror at his intent to start a World War, but the difficulty in persuading the US military planners to engage in actions that seem to them to have insane consequences. Hitler had the same problem AND HE OVERCAME IT. How? By ensuring those military planners were overwelmed by the various propaganda programs Hitler's people instituted in every area of nazi society.

Blair knows that his MASSIVE forward progress (in the UK, EU and Europe in general, and the US) creates an unstoppable momentum. At some point this momentum will break through any US military resistance. Blair's program is aimed to defeat Human Sanity. WAR ***IS*** INSANE. A World War is global insanity.

Blair now has the full support of France, Germany, and the US for his war against Iran. Hundreds of Billions of pounds are being siphoned into the war coffers of Blair AND Russia via the recent manipulation of fuel costs, and this massive pay-off to Russia is most certainly NOT a free gift. China is in the same position as the USSR before WW2. It knows that it is the ultimate target for war, but understands that it may have no choice but to ally with its future enemies to buy time.

China will not cry about Blair's genocide of Iran so long as the oil continues flowing, although China would be insane to give UN support BEFORE the action.

Want to have the best chance of saving yourself and your friends and family? Take a quite moment, and project yourself into Blair's future world. Imagine your pain and distress, as Blair murders billions, and the casual use of nuclear and genetic weapons becomes the standard pattern of human warfare. Let yourself respond to the death of all beauty, happiness, and love on our planet. Let your mind scream outrage that nothing was done to stop Blair when there was still a chance to do this. Become a german citizen in 1945 surveying the destruction of a whole country, forced at gun-point to watch the gang-rape of your remaining female relatives, before being shipped off to a camp to be tortured and starved. Supporting Hitler meant death and extreme misery for many hundreds of millions. Supporting Blair means death and extreme misery for BILLIONS, and as the citizens of Blair's nation, if we do not bring him down, WE are responsible for everything he does to our world.

This is NOT a game. This is NOT an episode of some TV show. Blair's nuclear weapons are REAL. Blair's genetic weapons are REAL. Blair's programs to use these weapons are REAL. Blair's specialists who work daily to ensure that such weapons are ready to be deployed immediately are REAL. Blair's propaganda methods that tell us daily about dark-skinned humans who need a good 'nuking' are REAL. Blair's New Reich goons who litter sites like this to tell you ignore people like myself are REAL. Blair's ever growing powers that will enable him soon to launch his wars are REAL.

Likewise current effective opposition to Blair is NOT REAL. Easy options to remove Blair are NOT REAL. Paying a 'sub' to some mock-anti-Blair group, like Greenpeace or Amnesty, to do our work for us is NOT a REAL option.

Brian Haw stood up as an individual saying "this is not right". It is all an individual can do. However, the intent is that each of us will say "I also know this is not right, and I also will stand up and say this". Brain Haw did NOT join some state-controlled body like RESPECT, or Amnesty, or Greenpeace to salve his conscience the easy way, because he did not care to SALVE, but wished to EXPRESS his conscience.

Here, Blair's New Reich thugs regularly attack individuals that express their clear outrage at the crimes of Blair, and instead encourage people to bury their concerns by joining the above mentioned state-controlled bodies. "Don't fight Blair yourself", they say, "read The Guardian and buy fair-trade coffee instead, and don't forget your subs to Amnesty and Greenpeace". DO PEOPLE HAVE TO MAKE IT THAT EASY FOR BLAIR. Do you not know that the people of nazi Germany ALSO had charities and good causes coming out of their ears. They were mostly civilised people that had their direct equivalents of The Guardian, Greenpeace, and Amnesty. It did not stop them giving the world Hitler, and a World War.

BLAIR FALLS NOW, OR WE WILL GET A WORLD WAR. And today, Blair is stronger than ever, with a ring of loyalist steel around him in Parliament. All we have is another Blair propaganda campaign (the sixth?, the tenth?) about Blair going, so that people will take their 'medication' for another six months, allowing Blair enough time to pass the point of no return.


Brian Haw BBC camera link not working

08.05.2006 20:02

I have just tried the camera link repeatedly and it is not working. Very strange I think. So I would recommend you do what I did, write to the BBC and the people responsible for the camera. I have included the letter I have sent for reference.
Brian Haw, who has camped outside parliament for nearly five years has been told today that he, will have to seek police permission to hold any further demonstration, and that they are likely to impose conditions, the verdict was read out at the royal courts of justice this morning.

Due to this decision I thought it would be my public duty to look for myself, using your camera mentioned in the media, only to find the following;
Sorry but the image from this jam came is not available for operational reasons.”

Can you please give me a written explanation as to why this camera link is like this?
I think it is more than a coincidence that this camera is down at this time.

This case has had a high media profile; you would have been aware of this before today and should have made sure that your remit to perform for the public duty was met. I hope this situation was not politically motivated as appears to the ordinary man on the street.

P.S. I have a peace pledge page on my website. The more signatures the better as it is linked in a place like myspace with over 1 million users, so I am trying to get loads.
I hope this is not considered as a spam, as this site is personal and not for profit.

Peace and Respect. Mark.

Mark Wood
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Jam Cam Tuesday 7.48 am

09.05.2006 07:01

Placards still there. Small crowd on pavement opposite. What appears to be a small group on grass at the back of the placards. No police cars/vans in sight.


Rikkis Updates

09.05.2006 09:19

Your updates are really important and useful please keep them coming U R the NEWS
Mike of Solidarity Park

mike doherty
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Jam Cam switch off again.

09.05.2006 15:38

Tuesday 4.37pm Jam Cam not working.


Jam Cam report Wednesday 5.48 - 6.07am.

10.05.2006 05:22

Very clear picture. Supporters asleep on the grass. What might be Brian in his chair. No police presence or onlookers.


Jam Cam not updated for more than an hour.

10.05.2006 14:48

2.35pm view not updated at 3.50pm


They are still messing about with the Jam Cam.

10.05.2006 16:48

It was down for a time but the picture for most of the day has been very good. Now, however, at 17.30, the picture has been changed back to its old low definition fisheye format. There is what might be a police van opposite. Possible picnickers on the grass.


Jam Cam Thursday 4.34am

11.05.2006 03:58

We are back with the high quality cam. A very peaceful scene indeed. Sleepers lined up neatly on the grass, virtually no traffic and not a policeperson in sight.

By the way Rikki, if you are there how are you managing to get your reports to Indymedia? What wonders of new technology are involved? Or do you just pop in from time to time?


Jam Cam Thursday 9.33

11.05.2006 09:44

A large flat platform lorry has pulled up beside Brian's pitch and traffic cones have been laid out.


4pm - police have just arrived at the square

11.05.2006 15:08

more info to follow shortly



11.05.2006 17:15

well done rikki and co, I can find out what's happening as it happens, indymedia at its best, especially with the 'engaged' nature of the reporting = having an effect!

yip yip!


There is a problem here

11.05.2006 18:19

Brian is not the problem,war and this governments attempt to hide the consequences is the problem
Too many people now realise this so removing Brian or trying to downsize him will only strengthen the resolve of rational and committed people to make sure the consequences of war are not hidden
Mike Doherty

Mike Doherty
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10 points

11.05.2006 20:23

besides the 3 metre thing, what other demands did ian blair make on brian haw's protest?

They are going to make a total folk hero out of him, ha ha ha!


Jam Cam Friday 6.14am

12.05.2006 05:28

All quiet. Everything still in place. Supporters sleeping peacefully.


News at the Top?

12.05.2006 09:06

Any chance the Indymedia News can be made to display the other way around i.e the latest news displays first rather than last,as time goes on the latest news will be further and further down the page
If there is a technical or editorial reason why this cant be done then fair enough

Mike Doherty
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17.05.2006 13:38

Brian's bell has been confiscated at approx. midday today, I just happen to arrive half an hour late, after which Brian told me several burly and menacing looking/acting police officers came over and confiscated his bell, without giving him a proper reason ("evidence" he was told, to which he asked "for what crime" to which he received no reply)...............

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They came in the night!!!

23.05.2006 02:29


It's 3.15am, and I have just been told that the police are in parliament square with trucks, most likely to remove Brian's display. If you read this in time, make your way to parliament square to support Brian and contact anyone who can help.

The parliament square camera is currently pointing away across westminster bridge.