London Is Anti-Fascist

When right wing nationalists plan a march, the Liberal left counter-marches on the same day. It creates a massive problem for the police though, and many of London’s busiest streets become closed to traffic to accommodate the protests.

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I spoke with a lovely Chinese woman at a bus stop and she asked me whether the protests were legal. I’m really grateful to be able to say that in the UK we have the democratic right to protest. I’m also excited to be living in such a diverse and multicultural city.

The democratic process means that all citizens have a right to protest. I don’t agree with the nationalist movements, I consider them to be racist and discriminatory, but I believe that they have a right to protest as well. If we pick and choose which citizens and groups can demonstrate then we break away from being a democracy. However, the police must enforce the marches so that demonstrators do not participate in hate crime. There is a difference between free speech and incitement to violence and/or hate talk.

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I’m not a nationalist, I believe that all people were created equal, I value diversity, and I’m in favour of asylum, immigration and economic migration. So it was a pleasure to witness the anti-fascit groups marching today.

rhdr

Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl

I have been watching Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl on ALJAZEERA (produced by Northern Pictures). The documentary explores the issues surrounding the discrimination and racial violence faced by the Lebanese/Arab/Muslim Australians, and how commities have grown and developed together.

As well as the excellent documentation, the cinematography has been superb. There has been a variety of different apertures and focus changes and good use of street signs and buildings to play film Reportage.  My favourite image was of a bridges reflection on the side of a high rise building. The detail of the bridge and building were so crisp. My android has issues with white balance and exposure (even in pro mode) so please excuse the quality of the images.