Archive for December, 2010

18
Dec
10

Anti-police poster

 


 

First attempt with Illustrator. Not too bad, eh?

18
Dec
10

20/12 “March of Resistance” – an EDL front?

A “March of Resistance” through London on the 20th of December has recently been called. The group responsible initially used the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts’ logo and claimed the event had been organised by them. After complaints were made, the name of the creator changed briefly to the “British National Union of Students” and then to the “UK People’s Initiative”. The proposed starting location of the march is Piccadilly Circus, an apolitical area that will be brimming with tourists and Christmas shoppers at this time of the year.

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18
Dec
10

Too many kettles, not enough tea

Kettling is a police tactic used to detain large numbers of people at demonstrations and protests. Police lines are formed around a block of protesters and slowly moved further and further in, detaining those within the kettle in a smaller and smaller space, often for several hours. Any attempt to resist being imprisoned is met with batons, shields and often boots and fists. When the protesters are visibly tired and distressed, the crowd is eventually dispersed very gradually, often with FIT photographing all those who are permitted to exit.

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11
Dec
10

Vandalism: investment in our collective future

The upsurge of resistance on the 9th of December has caused another predictably stupid and stuffy response from those who believe that all these damned young people should go home and think about what they’ve done to the taxpayer (as well as the poor police). Student protesters won’t be donning the dunce hat any time soon, however, because that is precisely what we’re already doing.

Most of us aren’t privileged enough to be able to afford to buy the Tories champagne, caviar and nationwide billboards at general elections. We fall into the category of those who will pay through the nose for things which  probably won’t exist in a few years, and a whole lot of other things which we probably don’t like, such as royal weddings, a war on the poor Afghanis and nuclear weapons systems designed to destroy Moscow. We’re called everyone-but-the-ruling-class and not only is our education in peril, but so is our healthcare, our welfare state and our employment. We’re paying more for less, too, one example being the 2.5% increase in VAT scheduled for next January.

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10
Dec
10

Who protects the Tories?

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Today the right to freedom of speech and expression was met with wanton barbarity. People were herded like cattle, penned in for hours in the biting cold. Many were children. Police kettled protesters into Parliament Square for several hours and again on Westminster Bridge. The cries of the injured and the scared went unheard by the friendly neighbourhood bobbies, their yells of “get back!” used only to justify the brandishing of their batons. A young man wanders confused and afraid behind a police line, blood dripping from his face, his plight met by a blow to the back and a shove into the crowd. Later in the day, anxious calls went up on the megaphones for any students from Middlesex to report immediately: I would not be surprised if someone has been killed.

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