28th and 29th October saw a weekend of Nonviolent Resistance in London against the Occupation of Iraq on the 2nd anniversary of the US/UK massacre in Fallujah culminating in an unprecedented 'unauthorized' Peace Camp in Parliament Square defying the SOCPA.
Personal Accounts:here and here and Rikki’s Report
Peace Camp in Parliament Square
It began on the Saturday at Northwood army base in North London, then to the US embassy in central London. On Sunday it took the form of the Peace Camp in Parliament Square, which saw a number of arrests but was allowed to stay and ended the following Monday morning with a Naming The Dead ceremony held opposite Downing Street.
'On 8 November 2004, after more than two months of aerial attacks, the US began its second major assault on Fallujah - originally codenamed "Thanksgiving Massacre" - devastating the city and killing hundreds of civilians. UK forces played an active support role, with hundreds of troops redeployed from Southern Iraq to form part of a "ring of steel" around Fallujah. The city was placed ‘under a strict night-time shoot-to-kill curfew’ with ‘anyone spotted in the soldiers’ night vision sights … shot’ (Times, 12 Nov 04); male refugees were prevented from leaving the combat zone; a health centre was bombed killing 60 patients and support staff; and refugees from the city claimed that ‘a large number of people, including children, were killed by American snipers’ and that the US had used cluster bombs and phosphorus weapons in the offensive.' [www.rememberfallujah.org]
Watch the Deep Dish film 'Fallujah'
Photo report from Northwood
Naming The Dead
No Justice No Peace-Deaths In Custody Demo
Also on 29th a demo took place to remember those who had been murdered by the state, they left names of those who had died in police custody on Parliament Square, it is these names that can be seen in many of the Peace Camps photos.