http://www.prisonplanet.com/images/august2005/020805bigben.jpg[left]Alex Jones Bullhorns Downing Street, British Parliament
In what was the climax of Alex Jones’ lightning speed tour of London, a world famous public venue and a giant white megaphone were the only ingredients needed to provide Alex with what he described as one of the highlights of his life.
The day started with a plan to take in as many landmarks and places of significance as possible.
One of the first stops was Stockwell underground station, site of the brutal and unprovoked police murder of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes. On Thursday it emerged that de Menezes was not wearing a bulky coat and police had no reason to be suspicious about him. So why did special forces police shoot him in the head eight times? Did he know something about the drills that had taken place on 7/7 to act as a culpability cover for the real attacks?
As we were filming the floral tributes and placards at Stockwell (pictured), a police officer walked behind me and gave me a less than polite firm hand on the shoulder. “Can you come with me please,” he barked.
He proceeded to take Alex’s details and informed us that we should have asked for his permission before we filmed. We then asked for his permission and he said no. We were not even filming the police, we were filming the tribute display. So here we were in a city where four million cameras scrutinize our every movement (pictured) and yet we are accosted by the police when we try to film some flowers. Is that a free country?
This was just a taste of things to come as we headed towards central London.
The heavy but intermittent rain ensured our progress along Downing Street was slow as we ducked into building entrances to occasionally shield ourselves from the downpour.
Finally we reached the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Across the road at Parliament Square we saw the sidewalk festooned with anti-war banners and signs, including graphic images of Iraqi babies born inside-out due to the continuous bombardment of the country with depleted uranium.
There we met Brian Haw (pictured), a man who has been holding a protest vigil at that same spot for four years. Haw has won numerous court cases protecting his right to protest at Parliament Square, in the face of laws passed by Parliament solely directed at shutting him up.
However, the latest ruling states that Haw can only continue his protest if he has police permission to do so and ysterday a seperate law was passed that criminalizes protests within half a mile of Westminster, creating ‘free speech zones’ that resemble those in America where nobody is allowed within two miles of Bush. Again, the so-called freedom that we are beinjg told is under attack by Al-Qaeda is being raped and pillaged by the government itself.