‘PRASRA 2011’ Archive

3rd ‘POP-UP’ SYRIAN REFUGEE CAMP

‘POP-UP’ SYRIAN REFUGEE CAMP

 

 

‘POP–UP’ SYRIAN

REFUGEE CAMP

9 Million Displaced Syrian’s Must Not Be Forgotten.

Show solidarity to the Syrian people and support the 3rd ‘POP UP’ Syrian Refugee Camp.

Parliament Square London SW1A OAA

Wednesday 11th June 2014

10am – 6pm

No need to bring tent as already organized.

Bring good energy, banners, placards, tea,coffee. Check weather forcast for brolly alert!

The U.N. estimates that over 6.5 million people are internally displaced — an increase of more than two million in just six months.

2.5 million have fled to surrounding countries, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordon, Iraq, and Egypt. This has caused great pressure on the host countries who are in turn suffering from their own internal turmoil.

The lack of clean water and sanitation in crowded, makeshift settlements is an urgent concern. Diseases like cholera and polio can easily spread — even more life-threatening without enough medical services. In some areas with the largest refugee populations, water shortages have reached emergency levels; the supply is as low as 30 liters per person per day.

http://www.news24.com/World/News/UN-warns-of-drought-crisis-in-Syria-20140408

Arms companies supply weapons to kill predominantly civilians, in other countries and make an obscene amount of money.

The money for the weapons is unwittingly supplied by the taxpayer.

Aid is then sent to these destroyed countries to ‘help the victims’ This is the taxpayers money.

Charities are then set up to help in the short fall of funds, again this is the taxpayer.

The ordinary person in the street unwittingly foots the bill to make people they don’t know and will probably never meet, suffer and be killed, while making someone they don’t know and will probably never meet, VERY RICH.

The time has come to peacefully decline.

I hope that those that have the most important responsibility in world affairs will be able to understand that forgetting Syria will be a total disaster,” the UN’s Guterres says.

Wars Fueled by Western Powers

Blood money: UK’s £12.3bn arms sales to repressive states

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/blood-money-uks-123bn-arms-sales-to-repressive-states-8711794.html

Russian arms manufacturer and supplier to the Syrian Government, allowed to exhibit at the worlds largest arms fare in London. (DSEI)

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/05/arms-control-syria_n_3864687.html

The time has come to peacefully decline.

Syria Peace and Justice

http://syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com/

Earthian Global Peace Mission

https://www.google.co.uk/search?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=Earthian+blog&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gl=uk&gws_rd=cr&ei=4KI0U77CHYHpywOhsoDwBA

Peace Strike

http://www.peacestrike.org.uk/

07907233861

#popupcamps  #peacestrike

PEACE PLINTHS – The Peace Project

A collaboration between peace activists and contemporary artists, featuring the Peace Plinths from Parliament Square.
12-18 October, private view 11 October 6-9pm, gallery talks and screenings during the week.
http://thepeaceproject.org.uk/

The Peace Project  London October 2012

Home for the first time since their removal from Parliament Square in May 2012 the two “Peace Plinths” will be re-united and unveiled as the centre piece of Art Below’s “The Peace Project” opening to the public at London’s Gallery Different (off Tottenham Court Road) on 12th October for one week.

The aim of the project is to show the devastating consequences of war, in order to raise money to fund a children’s play project in northern Iraq.

What next?

So, with the removal of Peacestrike peace boxes from Parliament Square, the new restrictions on protest under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act have been enforced. These ban any kind of sleeping equipment that can sustain long-term protest, as well as any kind of amplification equipment that demonstrations use and need.

What next for Peacestrike?

Maria has been protesting 24/7 since 2006 in Parliament Square. It has been the base for so many Peacestrike activities including daily petitions to 10 Downing Street, speaking out about the causes and consequences and the horror of war, and supporting the protest of others.

The peace boxes more lately became a focal point in Parliament Square with their powerful statements, art work and all-round creative approach to use of the space. The protests in Parliament Square have for 10 years been a visible expression that war is wrong and have become a place where those who wish to express their concern and sorrow in relation to war can gravitate towards, a space of common concern within the anonymous city.

No sleeping in Parliament Square

With nothing but a single placard, sleeping bag and plastic sheeting, Maria spent last night on the pavement, determined to maintain her protest. At 3am the police arrived and gave her a warning to hand over the sleeping bag which she did. They informed her that she would be issued with a summons to appear at court. Maria argues that it is vital to be able to sleep in order to sustain a long-term protest. Without sleeping equipment, that becomes very difficult and the protest is undermined.

The legal case

Maria and the lawyers who have challenged the new restrictions on protest will go to the Court of Appeal and, if necessary, the European Court of Human Rights, to contest the case against the law.

Auctioning the peace box

Maria is keen to see the peace boxes auctioned to raise money for children in Iraq. One of the boxes in currently an exhibit in an art show in Los Angeles. See here

How can you help

If you would like to be kept in touch about the peace box auction, get in contact. Please consider donating to Peacestrike to get the auction going. See contact us for details

Posted by a supporter

The removal of Peacestrike from Parliament Sqare

Below are press articles, video and pictures of the removal by police of the remaining peace box, tent and other items.

Press

BBC

Guardian

Daily Mail

Evening Standard


A timeline of recent events

December 2011 – the new restrictions on protest come into force under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act (PRASRA). Maria applies for an injunction to stop Westminster Council removing her peace boxes and other items. This is granted. see http://repeal-socpa.info/

January 2012 – at a high court hearing Maria is granted a judicial review of the legislation in March. see http://repeal-socpa.info/press_release_15Jan12.htm

March 2012 – Maria’s case against the enforcement of PRASRA is heard in the high court with Westminster Council as defendent and the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police as ‘interested parties’. The outcome of the case is of national significance: not only will the restrictions apply to a large area around the centre of decision-making at Parliament, but local authorities have been given powers to adopt similar legislation. see http://repeal-socpa.info/press_release_5Mar12.htm

April 2012 – one of the peace boxes is shipped to the US to be part of an art exhbition in Los Angeles. see http://www.artbelow.org.uk/ab/Artist.action?artistId=730

April 2012 – The judgement is given from the high court. It denies that there is any incompatibility with human rights and that Peacestrike has no right to stay in Parliament Square. see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17867852

3 May 2012 – after a further court hearing the injunction protecting Maria’s protest from the new law is lifted. Maria will apply to the Court of Appeal and, if necessary, to Strasburg to contest the new restrictions on protest. At around 6pm the police turn up and start to remove the Peacestrike protest.

See this article from Peace News about the new law and the recent legal proceedings.

CHURCHILL SPEAKS LIVE FROM PARLIAMENT SQUARE- AN URGENT MESSAGE FOR THE PEOPLE OF OUR GREAT NATION

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmWfBgCaB7g&feature=youtube_gdata

DEFEND THE RIGHT TO PROTEST!

YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU!

Peace Strike at the Royal Courts of Justice 6th and 7th March 2012

Court No 3, sitting at 10.30

CHURCHILL SPEAKS LIVE FROM PARLIAMENT SQUARE

PEACE CAMP UNDER THREAT

Peace Strike Statement From Parliament Square 17th December 2011

The Peace Strike Campaign at Parliament Square announces to all concerned citizens that there is a real possibility of the ‘Peace Camp’ being disassembled and removed this Monday 19th December 2011.

 

A ‘Commencement Order’ has been issued to activate part of the new ‘Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011’

 

 

SOCPA 2005 parts 132 to 136 and 138 still stand, and will be repealed on the 30th March 2012.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2011/2834/note/made

However, parts of the PRSR Act 2011 are being activated this Monday, which will make it an offence to sleep overnight at Parliament Square, and any items deemed associated with ‘sleeping’ will be confiscated by an official in authority or a police officer. SOCPA 2005 Part 137 (use of loudspeakers) is repealed on this date.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2011/2834/article/2/made

This is a strange situation as anyone with authorisation would still have ‘permission to demonstrate over a 24hr period’ however, they would now be denied shelter. This would directly contravene the ‘Human Rights Act’, Articles 10 and 11 which allow for the right to freedom of expression and freedom of Assembly. How can you carry on over a 24hr period, which is allowed, but not have the means to do so, which was legal before? There are many questions to raise.

The big issue is that the people will loose possession of parliament Square, and it will then become a controlled area.

 

Now more than ever, people need to be seen out on the streets. They need to be seen by the Government of the day. There is so much social injustice that is effecting so many people in so many parts of the world. All these issues are all connected.

The ongoing Congo demonstration is an example of a great social injustice that has been allowed to happen, and has been funded and supported by the West. There has been an orchestrated international silence. The Genocide in the Congo is off the scale in modern history.

 

War is looming with Iran, we need to organise NOW for ‘PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKES FOR PEACE’.

Our message is as important as ever. Provided that, within reason, people are demonstrating in a peaceful manner, then there should not be any objection as to how long they need to demonstrate. What harm there is, has not been identified.

The real question the Government needs to ask is:

 

‘WHY ARE PEOPLE DEMONSTRATING?’

‘WHAT ARE THEIR ISSUES?’

‘WHY ARE THEY SO UP UPSET?’

Government should be prepared to meet with grass root campaigners.

People do not stand in the wind, sleet and rain for endless hours without there being a very REAL concern.

 

The ‘Times’ magazine has just voted ‘The Protester’ as person of the year 2011. International protest has brought to the front the ignored concerns of the multitudes.

 

David Cameron advocates that the UK take up Christian values. ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ is the main responsibility of Christians with a ‘duty of care’ for one another. Quite right David, what greater way to express this than to stand up for injustice against our fellow human being.

 

Support would be appreciated on Monday 19th so that our concerns can be put forward in a peaceful manner.

 

Many thanks as always,

Peace Strike Campaign ‘ On Strike for Peace’

Parliament Square

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Message From Winston Churchill Speaking live from Parliament Square on behalf of Peace Strike and all demonstrators :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmWfBgCaB7g

I address the Nation on very grave matter that threaten the very core of what Britain stands for nationally and internationally. A threat that will try to engulf and wash away our freedoms. It is a time when we must unite and resist this tyranny together.

“I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Island home Parliament Square, to ride out the storm of oppression, and to outlive the menace of tyranny,

The British Nation, linked together in their common cause and in their need, will defend to the end their protest rights, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.

Even though many countries in Europe act very harshly towards political dissidents, we shall not flag or fail in our endeavours to speak out for the common good.

We shall go on to the end, we shall peacefully resist,
we shall resist in Whitehall,
we shall resist with growing confidence and growing strength in Westminster, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,
we shall resist in Parliament Square,
we shall resist on the land,
we shall resist in the fields and in the streets,
we shall resist in the hills;
Peacestrikeshall never surrender.

The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Nation, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British Political Resistors who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant legal challenge, are turning the tide of the Political oppression by their continuous ongoing protest.

Never in the history of protest in our country, was so much planned, by so many, to so few.

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: Freedom, Justice, Honour, Duty, Mercy, Hope.

I say to you now, people of Great Britain,

We must end the corporate war in Afghanistan,

We must honour our troops,

We must bring them home!

In achieving this mighty task, after nearly a decade of war

We will be able to proclaim THIS IS OUR FINEST HOUR.

URGENT STATEMENT FROM PEACE STRIKE

TO END WAR – AND PREVENT WAR – THE PEOPLE MUST GO ON STRIKE”

‘TROOPS HOME’ – ‘DON’T ATTACK IRAN’

It’s up to us, the grass-roots movement!

YOU CAN’T BE ARRESTED FOR “BUYING NOTHING” AND “DOING NOTHING!”

We all know our Government is NOT listening to us and is allowing the situation in the Middle East to build up to further confrontation. We must organise and act now, if we really want a chance to stop a war with Iran.

We cannot afford to think this might not happen!

We cannot repeat the mistakes of the past and leave it until an attack on Iran is imminent or a pre-emptive strike has been made. Even if an attack were to be officially declared, by  then, marches, rallies, sit-ins and protests would not be effective and would be too little, to late.

REALITY CHECK – Let’s all unite and go on strike together for all the reasons mentioned, with the aim of actually achieving our objective.

10 years of protesting, marching, campaigning and lobbying has simply not been enough!

We have NOT STOPPED ANY WAR……….THEREFORE….WE NEED TO TAKE EVASIVE ACTION NOW!

Our priority must be to bring our own troops home in order to prevent further war. The military industrial complex has the same wants and needs of mass global companies. Collectively, the military consume the most oil, therefore, they MUST secure more oil supplies, whatever the cost. Global companies buy, take over and dominate by financial power. If they can’t buy or control a country, they will demonise the country and then BOMB it into submission. They are the two arms of the same beast. The military is being used as the ‘armed wing’ of the Global Corporate Empire. By demanding to ‘Bring Our Troops Home’ and prevent further war, we will directly compromise and effect the political, commercial and military power all at the same time.

The governments of the world will always ignore the people’s natural opposition to war simply because they can. The only real power the people have is to refuse to comply. While we keep working, they launch ships, submarines, fighter jets, missiles, rockets, drones, deploy soldiers,…..and ignore our wishes….

We are the ones who fund the war effort, fund the repatriations, fund the funerals, fund the rehabilitation, fund the post traumatic distress disorders, and then also pay voluntary contributions to the many charities that support our war wounded. All this, and then, if we disagree with the justification and morality of the war, we live in fear of being labelled ‘unpatriotic’ It is a clever control method that always works!
We must act now, while we still can, in order to prevent a future world based on military order and compliance. By collectively being on “Peace Strike” together, we – the ordinary people – become the most powerful that we can be. We will send a clear message to our government that we will not support any acts of aggression towards innocent citizens of any country… we will not be deceived into waging wars for ‘Global Corporate’ greed and power.

We are now organizing Pre-emptive Peace Strikes.

YOU DO NOT NEED A UNION TO CALL A  ‘STRIKE FOR PEACE’  THE PEOPLE CALL IT THEMSELVES!

YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A WORKER TO GO ON STRIKE FOR PEACE!

Includes: students, pensioners, housewives, anyone and everyone on benefit and disability allowance.

Anyone who does any activity “within the system” is actually supporting it. Therefore we need 3 days of:

NO SHOPPING! – BUY NOTHING!

NO LABOUR ! – Only emergency workers and essential workers carry on, the rest of us shut down.

NO SCHOOL, COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY, NURSERYTo prevent death and injury to others, it is more important to register your concerns, rather  than worry about a few days off.

NO TRANSPORT! Buses, underground, trains, planes.

NO TV! They sensationalise war.

*Strike does not include emergency and essential workers whose work and travel we support. Police, Fire Service, Nurses, Doctors, Ambulance,  Carers and Emergency Utility Workers.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/02/uk-military-iran-attack-nuclear

http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,1654188,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/nov/03/attack-iran-us-nuclear

http://www.france24.com/en/20111106-iran-israel-nuclear-iaea-preemtive-attack-shimon-peres

http://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/publications/briefing_papers/military_action_against_iran_impact_and_effects

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/8888082/William-Hague-does-not-rule-out-military-option-on-Iran.html

http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2011/11/matthew-gould-and-the-plot-to-attack-iran/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

ABOVE ALL –  TAKE COURAGE –  DON’T BE FEARFUL – YOU ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING!

“TO END WAR – AND PREVENT WAR – THE PEOPLE MUST GO ON STRIKE”

Peacestrike.org

mail@peacestrike.org.uk

07907 233 861

facebook: Peace Strike Parliament Square

POLICE REFORM AND SOCIAL RESPONSIILITY BILL * ROYAL ASSENT *

http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/policereformandsocialresponsibility.html

15th September 2011. After consideration in the House, the ‘Police and Social Responsibility Bill’ has been granted Royal Assent.

Be alert to the possible threat, to on-going protest at Parliament Square.

Parliament is now again in recess, and will resume again from Monday 10th October.