Nazi violence against London Black Lives Matter


This 13 June 2020 video from the (Conservative) Daily Telegraph in Britain says about itself:

Aerial footage shows Far-Right protesters clashing with police in Trafalgar Square

Police are forced to push Far-Right protesters back from a Black Lives Matter demo in central London on Saturday. Britain First claimed its members were trying to protect monuments.

By Bethany Rielly in England, 14 June 2020:

Far-right delinquents ‘protect statues’ in London with nazi salutes and urine

National Union of Journalists condemns hooligans’ violent attacks on the press

FAR-RIGHT protesters who descended on the capital at the weekend to “protect statues” were seen giving nazi salutes, attacking journalists and urinating on a memorial.

Anti-racist groups condemned Saturday’s violence as “actual extremism and thuggery”, countering Tory ministers’ slurs directed at Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters last week.

Footage of the protests, attended by 5,000 football hooligans and far-right groups, showed topless white men drinking beer and chanting “England, England” while others attempted to punch police, throw bottles and let off fireworks.

More than 100 people were arrested, the Metropolitan Police said.

They included a 28-year-old man who was held on suspicion of urinating on a memorial dedicated to PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in the Westminster terror attack of 2017.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said that there had been multiple attacks on reporters, with one photographer suffering a broken nose.

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “It is clear that many protesters on London’s streets today were thugs spoiling for a fight, who decided to focus their anger at journalists out doing their job.”

Journalists described the atmosphere as “menacing” and “threatening” and some media outlets advised staff not to engage with or seek interviews with protesters, the union said.

Later on Saturday, scuffles also broke out in Trafalgar Square between far-right groups and police officers.

Stand Up To Racism campaigner Patrick Nielson said that he had seen a young black man “brutally attacked” by a 20-strong group who kicked and punched him while he was on the floor.

“He wasn’t even part of the BLM protest,” Mr Nielson said. “This young black man couldn’t have been older than 14 or 15. If we give racists an inch, they take a mile.”

The anti-racist group accused Mr Johnson of “giving oxygen and encouragement” to far-right forces by claiming last week that the Black Lives Matter movement has been “hijacked by extremists.”

Hope not Hate chief executive Nick Lowles said: “It was violence of a different order to anything seen last week — deliberate, sought after and planned. This was what actual extremism and thuggery looks like.”

Due to the threat posed by football hooligan and far-right groups, Black Lives Matter organisers decided to cancel their protests in the capital.

However, protests went ahead elsewhere, including in Bristol and Newcastle.

Today, 7,000 Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated in Leeds, filling the city’s Millennium Square and streets around the city centre.

An estimated 100 to 200 fascist counterprotesters gathered at Leeds war memorial but were kept apart from the BLM demonstration by police.

A news photographer said that he had been threatened and abused by fascists who threw beer at him and shouted: “Anti-fa scum.”

In contrast, BLM protesters chanted: “Give peace a chance,” as they flocked into the square.

Black Lives Matter Dutch song, demonstrations


This 14 June 2020 Dutch video is about singer-songwriter Maame Joses from Arnhem city in the Netherlands. About a song, Ready for Change, she wrote after the police murder of George Floyd in the USA.

This 14 June 2020 video shows the Black Lives Matter demonstration today in a rainy Deventer in the Netherladnds.

This video is about that demonstration as well.

Black Lives Matter demonstration, Leiden, the Netherlands


This 14 June 2020 video shows the speech by Gino Pedro da Fonseca at the Black Lives Matter demonstration today in Leiden, the Netherlands.

The demonstration had to be moved to a former soccer ground to have more space for all people for COVID-19 safety reasons.

Over 2,000 people were present. Organisers were satisfied.

This video shows the speech by Roberto Kwami at that demonstration.

This video shows the speech by Yero Gaynaako at that demonstration.

This video shows the two minutes silence at the end of that demonstration.

Vincent Ehindero Award, thanks Laleh Chini!


Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

Thanks to my dear blogging friend Laleh Chini, of A Voice from Iran blog, for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award!

The RULES of this award are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Post the award logo.
  • Post the rules.
  • Nominate up to 10-30 other bloggers and notify them.
  • Notify Vincent of your nomination, via comment.
  • After notifying Vincent, he’ll check out your blog, follow and give you your unique award for the good work on your blog.
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.

Here are Laleh Chini’s questions and my answers:

1. What gave you the push to start blogging? Reading other bloggers’ blogs.

2. Are you proud of the progress you’ve made so far? Reasonably so. So far, 5,757 people have subscribed to my blog.

3. Is blogging a profession or a hobby for you? I don’t make any money from it.

4. Where do you see yourself in the next five years? I hope to see many birds.

5. What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog to make money? As my blog does not make money, I would not be able to give useful advice.

6. Where do most of your views come from? USA.

7. What’s your post frequency? Several blog posts a day.

8. Are you doing the most when it comes to fulfilling the demands of your niche? This is not really a niche blog, as I have 40 different categories. So, people with various interests read this blog.

9. How many friends have you made from blogging? Many.

10. Do you ever regret any of your posts? So far, not.

My questions to my nominees are the same as Laleh Chini’s questions.

My nominees are:

1. Naty Calinescu

2. Whimsically Meghan

3. Euphoria in my mind. Saudade takes place

4. The Birder

5. Tastes of Health

6. The Ethereal Unicorn

7. In Saner Thought

8. Brandon’s wisdom

9. toritto

10. Grep giggles

11. The Greatest Wealth Is Happiness

12. Nature,science,health,engineering

13. Zo Writes

14. human writes

15. childhoodwonder

16, thoughts from my brain

Birds of the Kruger Park, South Africa


This 14 June 2020 video from South Africa says about itself:

Kruger Bird Course

Aldo is a qualified Ornithologist with a PhD in Ornithology.

For 54 years, birds and birding have been integral to Aldo’s life, beginning with birdwatching 1967. Post-school, his university training soon focused on birds, leading to research on birds of the Southern Ocean and an MSc from the University of Cape Town, whilst working for the Fitzpatrick Institute on albatrosses at Marion Island.

Whilst his professional career as a bird researcher developed, he continued to develop his birding interests, leading to the first Southern African guide on where to find birds called ‘Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa’ with Ian Sinclair. He ran his birding courses for summer schools at the Universities of Cape Town and Natal, and has given hundreds of popular talks and presentations over the years. He authored a popular book title ‘Discovering Birds’.

Aldo worked for the Sea Fisheries Research Institute from 1981-1988, where he worked on seabirds of the Western Cape, obtaining a Doctorate. In 1988, he moved to the Durban Museum of Natural Science, following which he successfully brought the 22nd International Ornithological Congress to Durban, with more than 1000 international visitors, and with an accompanying popular programme for the broader birding community in Southern Africa.

He took a leap from research to administration in 1996, becoming BirdLife South Africa’s first Director. During this time, he transitioned the organisation into an active conservation role as part of BirdLife International on whose Board he served for nearly 2 years. This included hosting BirdLife International’s four-yearly Congress in Durban in 2004. As Director of BirdLife South Africa, he founded many programmes and events still active today; including the community guide training, the annual Birding Fair and the Wakkerstroom field Centre.

From 2004 to 2013, he became director of the African Gamebird Research Education and Development Trust, focussing on gamebirds as a vehicle for conservation and authoring a book on gamebirds.

Going back to a deep-seated enjoyment of birding, he became a tour guide and operator in 2014, focussing on the legendary Sani Pass and Lesotho, and including specialist birding tours.

No capitalism without racism, Angela Davis says


This 14 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Angela Davis: We can’t eradicate racism without eradicating racial capitalism

World-renowned activist and professor Angela Davis says that racism is intrinsic to capitalist social relations, and that one will not be abolished without the other.

“I am convinced that the ultimate eradication of racism is going to require us to move toward a more socialist organization of our economies,” says Davis. “I think we have a long way to go before we can begin to talk about an economic system that is not based on exploitation and on the super-exploitation of Black people, Latinx people and other racialized populations. But I do think that we now have the conceptual means to engage in discussions.”

Watch the full interview with Angela Davis here.

Malcolm X on capitalism

The protests against police murder: The way forward. 15 June 2020. The fight against police violence must be connected to the struggles of the working class, in the United States and internationally, against inequality, war and the capitalist system: here.

Philippine eagle documentary


This 10 June 2020 video says about itself:

QUEEN OF BIRDS | Documentary Film | The Great Philippine Eagle

The great Philippine eagle seems more like a creature from a story than that of reality. Standing at a metre tall, with a 7ft wingspan and dagger-like talons, they are truly formidable animals, but with just 400 pairs left in the wild, are the most endangered raptors in the world.

In December 2019, a young female Philippine eagle was miraculously rescued from the ocean off the south coast of Mindanao. The bird was starving, exhausted and after changing hands several times, was taken to the Philippine Eagle Foundation for rehabilitation. She was named ‘Maasim’.

On news of Maasim’s story, biologist, Dan O’Neill, heads to the Philippines to follow her journey back to the wild. But after a major setback, the mission is turned upside down…