Police assault a young black male protestor at the peaceful London Hyde Park protests.
On Saturday 16th May I joined the London Hyde Park protest. The press are describing the protest as ‘an anti lockdown protest of the far left and conspiracy nuts’, but the protest was about saving our human rights.
When I heard about the protest I was concerned, because I had heard online rumours that it was set up by Jayda Fransen and the far right. When I arrived I found hundreds of peaceful protestors who out numbered a few far right protestors. These protestors only had a couple of flags, made some noise and then disappeared very quickly.
As the protest moved into the park, I met people from every walk of life; professionals, business owners, manual workers, grandparents, teenagers, parents and people from our diverse black and ethnic minority communities.
The police were brutal. I was harassed by two young male officers who issued me with an unlawful fine for being at the protest (I will be challenging this fine). Many people received fines and were arrested. In horrible scenes Piers Corbyn (older brother of Jeremy Corbyn), was aggresively arrested and dragged off in handcuffs. Piers was held in a police station on no lawful or legal grounds until late on Saturday evening, and the police were advised that it was in breach of his human rights and that they could not charge him and had to let him go.
The most shocking incident was with a young, black male protestor who was arrested and then kneed in the groin by a police officer with the horrific, audible crack you can hear in the video (see the video above). I hope justice will be served for this young man, but with the track record of the Metropolitan Police when it comes to race relations, I doubt it.
While it is very troubling that we have clearly become a fascist police state, and despite how the mass media reported this, this peaceful protest was about normal people standing up to save our hard won rights that the government has no intention of giving back to us.
Different views on corona virus, the lockdown, vaccinations and even 5G are irrelevant. Surely the saying or quote ‘I might disagree with you, but I will fight to the death to defend your right to say it’ is central to saving a democracy?
Together with other protestors I am fighting for your right to disagree or agree with me. I am fighting for your freedom of speech; freedom of thought and religious belief. I am fighting for your freedom of movement; freedom of assembly, for the right to a fair trial under the rule of law, for free elections, to choose what we do with our bodies, to work, to have a home, have children and for the right to life.
This isn’t about the a virus, it’s about our basic, fundamental rights.