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Violence against protestors in Altab Ali Park February 9th 2013

February 19, 2013
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Why again have the East London Advertiser refused to report this:

Sheer Jamaat-e-Islami aggression on UK-based Shahbag Solidarity Protesters

Bangladeshi’s across the borough gathered in support of the War Crimes trial in Bangladesh, which has seen hundreds of thousands protesting on the streets of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. They are calling for the death sentence for those accused and charged in the trial and not life imprisoment for crimes including the following:

1. Pallab Murder
2. Killing pro-liberation poet Meherunnesa, her mother and two brothers
3. Khandoker Abu Taleb Killing
4. Ghatar Char and Bhawal Khan Bari killing
5. Alubdi Mass Killing (344 people)
6. Killing and rape of Hazrat Ali and his family members.
sourced from the verdicts section of wikipedia article: 2013 Shahbag Protest

Bangladesh: Protesters Demand Execution Of Abdul Quader Mollah

Nick Cohen in his article for the Observer on Sunday “The agonies of Bangladesh come to London” reports that

“The conflict between the Shahbag and Jamaat has already reached London. On 9 February, local supporters of the uprising demonstrated in Altab Ali Park, a rare patch of green space off the Whitechapel Road in London’s East End. They were met by Jamaatis. “They attacked our men with stones,” one of the protest’s organisers told me. “There were old people and women and children there, but they still attacked us.””

Here also is a video from the opposing protestors – British Muslim Brothers Protesting at Altab Ali Park

For some background to the protests read the following wikipedia links

2013 Shahbag Protest

1971 Bangladesh atrocities

1971 killing of Bengali intellectuals

1971 Dhaka University massacre

Here also is a channel 4 Dispatches investigation into the War Crimes committed in Bangladesh 1971:

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Greenwich Thames Seal playing with dog 2nd Feb 2013

February 10, 2013
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Just across the water at Morden Wharf, basically just through the blackwall tunnel, this seal was filmed playing with a dog a couple of days ago.

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Video: Knife Wielding Maniac at Buckingham Palace Tasered

February 3, 2013
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Sometimes the news outside Tower Hamlets deserves a mention:

Read more from the Daily Beast:

Knife-Wielding Man Tasered Outside Buckingham Palace

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Facebook Page “Lutfur Rahman Out of Tower Hamlets” is not associated with this blog

February 2, 2013
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I’ve just recently stumbled across a slightly troubling fact regarding the Facebook page “Lutfur Rahman Out of Tower Hamlets”. I first noticed the page a year ago when they had taken the mock-up of Lutfur Rahman as Mr Burns which was created personally for my blog post: “Seperated At Birth?………”

Lutfur Rahmans mock-up as Mr. Burns

and placed it as the the pages logo image. Now although at the time I felt a slight sting for not being asked for my permission, I thought well their not a paper, not selling anything, so not subsribing to facebook I did’nt really think their was any harm. Not that, that means I subscribe to, or support the purpose of the facebook page as I do beleive in freedom of speech and each to their own.

What does trouble me is the fact that today after searching google, i stumbled upon the ‘About’ page of the site “Lutfur Rahman Out of Tower Hamlets – About” I immediatley noticed their contact info refers to this blog underneath the words ‘Contact’.

I’m just setting the record straight that the facebook page in question has no affiliation to this blog, is not owned by anyone associated with this blog and is obviously not supported by it. And if the owner ever happens to be reading this blog post, could you please remove this blogs address as your contact info for your facebook page.

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Whitechapel Anarchist Bookshop Firebombed this morning February 1st 2013

February 1, 2013
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Why does the East London Advertiser seem to be missing the ball recently on our local news.

Early this morning Freedom bookshop on Angel Alley 84b Whitechapel High Street London E1 7QX, Britains largest and londons oldest anarchist bookshop was firebombed under suspicious circumstances according to police and the London Fire Brigade.:

image of firedamage in freedom bookshop

Even the America’s Washington Post wrote an article about it: Famed London anarchist bookshop hit by blaze; police say fire is suspicious

Read more:
Freedom firebombed

London anarchist bookshop firebombed

Anarchist bookshop in Whitechapel hit in suspected firebomb attack

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