Reflections from the march on New Scotland Yard

Jody McIntyre

Untitled 131 300x177 Reflections from the march on New Scotland Yard


There are huge positives to take from the Smiley Culture demonstration on Saturday.  An under-represented section of society took to the streets to demand freedom, justice and an end to police brutality.  Two and a half thousand people, over-whelming Afro-Carribbean, of all ages, marched with pride, determination and joy in their hearts.  No arrests were made; the people were organised, united and refusing to be silent.

During the rally outside New Scotland Yard, Merlin Emmanuel made the essential point – this is only the beginning.  So, where do we go from here? We must build on the momentum of the Smiley Culture case not to ask, but to demand justice for every victim of police brutality.

We do not need to negotiate with the forces that oppress us, but rather, we must set the parameters for how we want our future to be.  Do we want to continue to live in a society where we are constantly harassed by the police, and the police are accountable to no-one for their actions?  Or do we want to build a society where every person in the neighbourhood looks out for one another, and where the police’s only role is to serve the community, not attack us.

We must challenge the powers that be on every level; politically, in the media and on the streets.  As Che Guevara once said, we are fighting imperialism from within the belly of the beast, so we should also connect our struggle against the British state at home with the struggles of people abroad.  We must recognise that the African people of Libya, being bombed with British weapons, are fighting the same struggle as us.  So are the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, who continue to resist against US and British led military occupations.

However, as we look outwards to show solidarity with all the victims of our government’s actions, we should recognise that the best way of expressing this solidarity is on a local level.  Not every one has the time or money to travel into central London, so why not organise meetings, demonstrations and occupations in Brixton, Stockwell, Peckham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and other local areas?

The only way we can succeed in our struggle is by providing an alternative to the rampant capitalism and racism presented to us by the government as the only way of living.  We believe that a different society is possible, a society that is not reliant on the exploitation of the others, but which stipulates the equality of all human beings.

They can call us dreamers, but as a united force, we will win.

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  • paracetamol

    then would he rather chase everyone off the site, and talk to himself?

    love, youd be better on other sites, if this is the usual stuff posted here…
    theres some really brilliant posters on the indy…who enjoy a conversation, whether they agree or not..check the foreign sites…

  • Max Slaughter ✌ ✊

    “If you have a badge, the laws don’t apply.”
    So many examples of police brutality since I have been alive, so I’m glad some people are drawing attention to it. It’s wrong to stereotype all police officers as human beings who seek to cause violence, but in this country there is a growing number of cases where this has happened.
    Great article, as always, Jody.

  • Ron Broxted

    Posting at 6am? Is it quiet on the desk Sarge?

  • paracetamol

    no reply button below…
    i popped my nose into blogs for the first time, and i just wasnt impressed.
    i wouldnt mind a blether with you, but i dont do paranoid.

    if you check my profile, you can read my usual comments,
    mostly anti this and that,
    but not always.

    im too old to be a police person, if thats what your strange comments are saying?

    and if its you thats flagging comments, its not such a brill idea,
    as you cant get into decent conversations that way.
    life is hard, and its good to talk….
    if you comment weird to me, i ll ignore you…not neccesary, up to you.

  • AnonymousLime

    “i don’t live in one of those!” – I do, a lot of people do. Open your eyes maybe?
    “now, thats just silly.” – No evidence, no argument.
    “”rebels”? i think only one group are being targeted by the UK bombs!” – Maybe, but both have been hit, as well as a lot of civilians already. Sounds like all of them to me?
    “and sillier. its the govts fault that some people are racist?! hahaha!” He didn’t say that. The government are racist, the majority of the people in this country are not.
    Morons shouldn’t try to pick flaws in articles unless they are actually capable. Can you even read properly?

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