London police ban Jamaican music


This music video is called Top 30 Newest Dancehall Hits – Official Music Video Mix (Jan – April 2013).

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

‘Bashment ban’ sparks racial profiling claims

Saturday 12th March 2016

POLICE were accused yesterday of racial profiling after they threatened to close down a nightclub in Croydon for playing a form of Jamaican music, writes Bethany Rielly.

Dice Bar owner Roy Seda said that the police imposed a ban on his club playing bashment, otherwise known as dancehall, on the grounds that it is an “unacceptable” form of music and linked to crime and disorder.

Mr Seda has even been forced to draw up contracts for DJs promising not to play bashment.

Croydon Black and Ethnic Minority Forum chief executive Nero Ughwujabo accused the police of racial profiling for singling out Jamaican music in particular.

“The borough commander must explain what intelligence is underpinning these assumptions instead of giving the impression a sizeable proportion of the population are not welcome in the town centre,” she told local paper the Croydon Advertiser.

Borough commander Andy Tarrant has previously denied that such a policy exists.

Police allegedly trying to control music in London club. Croydon police have been accused of racial profiling after reportedly preventing a nightclub from playing bashment music: here.

Some criminals like classical music. Some criminals like country and western music. Correctly, no one talks about banning these musical styles because of that.

It reminds me of British rock band Babyshambles. Their concerts were banned by police for having both slow and fast parts in their music; like Mozart, Beethoven, Bach etc. already used to have.

Women’s rights march in London


This video from Britain says about itself:

#VoteFeminist: A message from Helen Pankhurst

6 May 2015

My grandmother – Sylvia Pankhurst – was repeatedly arrested as she fought for women to have the right to vote. Yet at the last general election 9.1 million women didn’t use their vote. We can’t let this happen again.

HELEN PANKHURST, great-granddaughter of suffragette founder, Emmeline (centre left, in hat) next to RACHEL HOLMES (centre, author of ‘Eleanor Marx: A Life’) with the crowd at the ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ rally in London, 6 March 2016

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Pankhurst leads Mother’s Day march for women’s equality

Monday 7th March 2016

SUFFRAGETTE Emmeline Pankhurst’s great-granddaughter led a march yesterday days before International Women’s Day to highlight the inequality still facing women.

The march held on Mother’s Day commemorated women that trek long distances to protect their children from warzones and young girls that often put their education on hold to walk miles every day to find clean water.

Dr Helen Pankhurst — one of many of the women dressed as suffragettes with “deeds not words” sashes — said she felt “really honoured” and “proud” to be related to the leader of the women’s rights movement but that there was “still a need for activism” on the streets.

She added: “It’s about celebration, it’s about being together, it’s about sisterhood.

“We can do that in many ways, we can do that through social media but there is still a value in being out in the streets, walking together shoulder to shoulder as the suffragettes did 100 years ago.”

She was marching with her daughter Laura in aid of the Walk In Her Shoes rally organised by Care International to encourage people to fundraise by walking 10,000 steps a day for one week in March.

Celebrities such as singer Annie Lennox, rights campaigner Bianca Jagger and pop trio Sister Sledge were also among the procession that walked near the River Thames to the sounds of cheers and drumming.

Ms Lennox made a passionate plea to stamp out gender inequality around the world and praised the suffragettes for their bravery in campaigning for women’s right to vote.

She said: “They were sacrificing themselves for us … To have access to the democratic vote, to education, to job opportunities — the fight continues. “

The problem is in our country is we have amnesia. We forget that people sacrifice so much to give us the things we take for granted.”

She added: “As a mother I’ve realised I’ve such a privileged life and I’ve seen the disparity, and I feel indebted and I feel that I must stand in solidarity.”

Hundreds of people also assembled in the Scoop amphitheatre on the South Bank to listen to women forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), politicians and feminist campaigners.

Labour candidate for the mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his lawyer wife Saadiya also attended.

See also here.

Calais refugees attacked with rubber bullets


This video from London, England says about itself:

Developers board up new Banksy criticising Calais ‘Jungle’ teargas treatment

25 January 2016

Banksy has created a new artwork criticising the tactics used in The Jungle refugee camp in Calais – but it was covered up with wood shortly after developers discovered it. The latest mural was drawn opposite the French Embassy in Knightsbridge, west London, and depicts the young girl from the musical Les Miserables with tears streaming from her eyes as a can of CS gas lies beneath her. The artwork includes an interactive QR code which, when scanned, links to a video of teargas and rubber bullets allegedly used in a police raid on migrants and refugees in the camp on January 5.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

French cops ‘use rubber bullets on Calais refugees

Thursday 4th February 2016

FRENCH police are using tear gas and rubber bullets against refugees living in the notorious Jungle camp outside Calais.

Manchester-based Refugee and Asylum Participator Action Research (Rapar), which has visited the camp to deliver vital humanitarian aid, released evidence of the attacks yesterday.

The camp contains 6,000 refugees living in appalling conditions of mud and squalor. Refugees in the Jungle sent some of the visiting groups photographic evidence of the injuries inflicted by police, including pictures of spent baton rounds.

Rapar member Rhetta Moran said: “Mohammed, an Afghan father of a toddler girl, sent Rapar photographs of rubber bullet wounds that he described as sustained by Calais refugee camp residents.”

Labour MEP Julie Ward has visited the camp, where French riot police tried to prevent her from getting in.

She said: “The use of tear gas, rubber bullets and physical force, such as I experienced, is insupportable when dealing with people who are dispossessed.

“The refugees should be protected from the extreme right-wing who lurk on the fringes of the camp, and vulnerable camp inhabitants should be given the humanitarian assistance they need.”

London-based Umjum Mirza, an assistant branch secretary of train drivers’ union Aslef, also visited the camp.

“We need to learn the lessons of history and let the refugees into Britain immediately,” he said.

Calais Jungle refugees targeted by armed far-right militia in brutal campaign of violence. Exclusive: Migrants accuse local police of failing to protect them from the beatings – and carrying out their own assaults: here.