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    Check out the look on Charles Clark face about three quarters of the way through. Haw is some man for one man. Been there nearly 6 years. Bliar drafted legislation to protect him in his ivory tower from criticism within 1 mile of Whitehall. People have been arrested for saying prayers for soldiers who died in Afghanistan and Iraq at the Cenotapth, others arrested for wearing a t-shirt. Anyway the law now states that there can be no protest with a 1 mile radius of Whitehall, which would have meant that Haw would have had to be moved under, as Bliar wanted, but the High Court rules that as he was there prior to any legislation he should therefore not be removed.

    Brian Haw

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    Along similar lines, Mark Thomas speaking at an Anti War/Trident demonstration. Link
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      Interesting did not know about this before. So much for the free press...
      Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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        #4
        Plenty of reading out there. There was loads of stuff on the Mark Thomas/Newstatesman thread on the old site.
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          I was thinking more along the lines of the official press, radio, TV and papers rather then munsterfans.................
          Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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            #6
            But all those articles came from reputable sources. The info is out there but usually it's hidden away a bit.

            Plenty of links.

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              #7
              Not saying it's not fromreputable sources. What suprises me is that the main stream press seem to have decided not to talk about Haw etc,. I don't go looking for such links as I already know that Bush and Blair should go on trial.
              Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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                Originally posted by McCloud
                What suprises me is that the main stream press seem to have decided not to talk about Haw etc,
                The mainstream news media toe the party line to a large degree unless it's something pretty serious. When it comes to war they tend to row in behind the government save for a few dissenting voices like Fisk, Pilger, Hersch, Ruskind et al. The vast majority of the population are sheep, evidenced by the current governments that we are suffering.The Mark Thomas Comedy Product and the Mark Thomas Product were essential viewing. His CD's The Night War Broke Out and The Dambusters are an incredible indictment against inaction and complicity. If you have listened to his stories about the Kurdish people in Turkey and trade unionists in Colombia it's pretty hard to go around with your head in the sand. Powerful stuff.
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                  #9

                  many of the poulation are indeed sheep-they are fed a diet of big brother coronation street and eastenders (and seem to enjoy it) with endless propoganda from the bbc and daily diatribe about their proud troops/royals/ingerland fc plus the sickening "happy" story" at the end of each bbc propaganda bulletin-it all reminded me of "one flew over the cukoos nest"

                  However it is unfair to say that all are sheep-i think many people in england are voicing their concerns-many people marched against the war and everyone i spoke to before i left wanted to @@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">leave the country!@@@@/SPAN>! one of the problems is that all the political parties seemd to be pro-war even the lib dems wanted to leave the troops in Iraq-consequently voting at elections is unnaturally low for a so called democracy. the fact is - it isnt a democracy (its currently like an orwellian creation)as the press the tv and who you can vote for at an election, and even the story above about haw ensures this.

                  it will be interesting to see if the necessary changes on green issues changes the hegemony of those that currently dictate



                  If the lessons of history teach us anything it is that nobody learns the lessons that history teaches us.

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                    He's still there

                    More power to the man. He should be recognised as a champion of the rights of the common man. Such a pity that such courage, conviction, principles and bravery are not be found in any of our elected 'leaders'.

                    Fight the power!

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                      Join us in The War On Democracy
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                        I forgot to post this up last week after getting the email. Brian has been there for 7 years! Site.
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                          #13
                          Beeb

                          Parliament Square peace campaigner Brian Haw dies</font>

                          Peace campaigner Brian Haw has died after "a long hard fight" against lung cancer, his family has announced.

                          Mr Haw, 62, set up a camp in London's Parliament Square in 2001 in protest against UK and US foreign policy.

                          In March 2011, a High Court ruling obtained by London's mayor forced him to move his camp on to the pavement.

                          In a statement posted on Mr Haw's website, his family said he had died on 18 June in Germany, where he had been receiving medical treatment.

                          They said Mr Haw, from Redditch, Worcestershire, passed away in his sleep in no pain.

                          'Courage and determination'

                          An additional statement on his website from his campaign representatives said: "Brian showed great determination and courage during the many long hard years he led his Peace Campaign in Parliament Square, during which it is well documented that he was relentlessly persecuted by the authorities which eventually took its toll on his health.

                          "Brian showed the same courage and determination in his battle with cancer. He was keenly aware of and deeply concerned that so many civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine did not have access to the same treatments that were made available to him.

                          "Parliament, the police, and courts etc, should forever be ashamed of their disgraceful behaviour towards Brian."

                          Andrew Burgin, from the Stop the War Coalition, said Mr Haw's death was a tragic loss.

                          "Brian was a fantastic inspiration to us all, a stalwart of the peace camp," he said. "We hope that his work goes on."

                          Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn praised Mr Haw for reminding MPs "of the consequences of their decisions".

                          Fellow Labour MP Paul Flynn paid tribute to the peace campaigner on Twitter, saying: "Brian Haw's 10 years of 24/7 protest in all weathers against the futile wars in Iraq/Helmand deserves the nation's thanks and admiration."

                          Labour's John McDonnell, who served as a character witness for Mr Haw when he was arrested, tweeted that he respected Mr Haw's commitment to his campaign for peace.
                          Camp battle

                          Mr Haw set up camp in Parliament Square Gardens on 2 June 2001, in response to sanctions against Iraq. His protest grew broader after the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

                          Supporters at the camp have left his camping chair in place and his collection of bleak war photos at the site remains untouched.

                          Over the past decade, Mr Haw fought a lengthy battle with the authorities to keep his camp in place.

                          In April 2002 Westminster City Council began legal action under the Highways Act to remove his camp on the grounds that he was a "nuisance", but the case never came to court. It later succeeded in limiting the hours he could use a megaphone but failed in an attempt to remove his placards for "obstruction" and "unlawful advertising".

                          Legislation passed in 2005 banned unauthorised protests within a square mile of Parliament but Mr Haw's protest was initially ruled to be outside the Act because it had been established before it came into effect.

                          In May 2006, however, the Court of Appeal said Mr Haw would need police permission to continue the protest. This was granted, but police limited his protest site to an area 3m wide by 1m deep by 3m high. They later tried to seize almost all his placards on the grounds he had breached those limits and left the site open to terrorists but a judge in 2007 ruled he had no case to answer.

                          In May 2010, Mr Haw was charged with obstructing police during searches of tents on the green. Speaking after a court appearance, he set out his intention to remain in the square for the rest of his life.

                          "We're there because our country is committing infanticide, genocide, the looting of nations. I'm determined to be there until they kill me. How much longer will that be?"

                          In March this year, Mayor of London
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                            #14
                            Sad news - we need more people like this to look up to and provide us with some sort of inspiration. RIP.

                            Tis but a scratch.

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                              #15
                              He'll be missed, what a great person. "We gotta be decent. It's gotta stop hasn't it? And it's up to us."

                              Channel 4 comedy awards 2007.


                              Free Palestine.

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