January 2012


To celebrate the 100 days mark …. I thought it would be a good time to collate the coverage so far.

Occupation Camp in Nottingham is part of a global network of occupy camps, to protest at governments cuts. Critical of growing inequalities. Anti-globalisation, anti-capitalist and in favour of helping to bring about fairness in society.

Occupy ‘Collected’ Indymedia Links at: http://wp.me/p8CiF-rE

Flickr photoset at: http://tinyurl.com/8yyq3mn

Thought I.d check out my live posting from mobile still works. Haven”t used it for while. if se up ok, this should post on my blog …… Then out to twitter and facebook……
so, in short, just checking.

Nottingham Occupy Links [the first 100 days] 

Original statement on 15th October 2011:

Nottingham’s Market Square was occupied by a gathering of people aiming to show that we will no longer tolerate the corporate greed and Government corruption that threatens our way of life and everything we work for”. They camped overnight and are intending to stay as long as they can. The occupation is part of a worldwide movement of occupations that began on 15th Oct. The occupation showed solidarity with youths from the Jarrow March 2011 who rallied in Nottingham yesterday as part of their journey to London to demand decent employment.

Marchers and supporters assembled on the Forest Rec at 12.30 and marched to the Market Square where a rally was held. It is the 75th anniversary of the original Jarrow Crusade, which an attempt to raise awareness of the intense poverty and unemployment in the North East. The marchers are demanding a number of major policy changes by the government to improve the lives of young people and give them a better future.

They are making the following demands:

A massive government scheme to create jobs which are socially useful and apprenticeships which offer guaranteed jobs at the end – both paying at least the minimum wage, with no youth exemptions.

The immediate reinstatement of EMA payments, expanding them to be available to all 16-19 year olds.

The immediate re-opening of all youth services that have been closed, including reinstating sacked staff.

The scrapping of ‘workfare’ schemes – benefits should be based on need not forced slave labour.

A massive building programme of environmentally sound, cheap social housing.

On arrival in the Market Square, it was occupied by a gathering of people aiming to “to show that we will no longer tolerate the corporate greed and Government corruption that threatens our way of life and everything we work for”.

On arrival, there was an event were many speakers expressing their concerns. Notts Uncut also did a tour of the usual tax-dodging suspects.

They camped overnight and are intending to stay as long as they can. The occupation is part of a worldwide movement of occupations that began on 15th Oct. The occupation showed solidarity with youths from the Jarrow March 2011 who rallied in Nottingham on Saturday as part of their journey to London to demand decent employment.
Occupy Nottingham Statement:

Part of a global movement in solidarity with other occupations across the globe.

We aim to occupy the Market Square Area of Nottingham from Saturday 15th October 2011 as part of an ongoing non-violent/peaceful demonstration.

Broadly speaking, we aim to show that we will no longer tolerate the corporate greed and Government corruption that threatens our way of life and everything we work for.

Currently our government strips away our civil liberties and public services, all in the name of greater profit for banks & corporations who exert far too much influence and control over our supposed leaders.

We want to encourage and inspire people to work together towards a fairer society for all, rather than the current system where the rich few get richer and the rest of us get left behind.

Ways you can help

Join us in our occupation

Tell friends and family about the movement

Donate food, water, clothing, blankets, tents, anything that will make our stay more comfortable – winter is coming! [See wishlist below]

Film us, take photos, question us – share the info with the world (the media certainly won’t)

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @OccupyNotts & OCCUPY Nottingham for Global Change

Nottingham Indymedia Photo-Articles

Nottingham is occupied [Feature]

Nottingham Occupy 1 The March

Nottingham Occupy 2 The Rally

Nottingham Occupy 3 Uncut Tour

Nottingham Occupy 4 Market Square

Nottingham Occupy @ Market Square Day 2 Sunday

Nottingham Occupation Continues [2nd Feature]

Nottingham Occupation continues: Wednesday Day 5

Nottingham Market Square continues occupied, Day 7

Nottingham Occupation continues: Saturday Day 8

Nottingham Occupy: Moved but still in occupation [3rd Feature]

Nottingham Occupation continues: Thursday Day 13

Nottingham Characters I’ve met during Cuts & Occupy Campaigns

Nottingham Occupation: Saturday Day 15 

Nottingham Occupation: Tuesday Day 18

Nottingham Occupy: Still there [4th Feature]

Nottingham Occupy: 4th week & onwards ….

Nottingham Cheese for nought! at the Occupation

Nottingham Occupy Notts Camp: selection from 5th week

UK SchNEWS: “You can’t evict an idea” [UK Feature]

Nottingham Defiant in Silence ‘Stand In’ at Speakers Corner

Nottingham Student Photographer’s material taken by police

Nottingham Occupy : No plans for eviction. Yet. [5th Feature]

Nottingham Occupation camp gets fenced in

Nottingham Occupy Camp now surrounded by Winter Wonderland

Nottingham Student photographer interviews on tape still held

Nottingham N30 Occupation – Events in Nottingham

Nottingham N30 Prof. Samir Amin @ Occupy – Events in Nottingham

Nottingham Student photographer hassled by Notts Police [Feature]

Nottingham Media Student gets his seized tape back

Nottingham Notts Occupation: 7th Week and beyond

Nottingham Occupy Notts Camp Sticks it out, starting week 9

Nottingham Occupy: Two months in [6th Feature]

Nottingham Occupy: Still going strong over Xmas

Nottingham Occupy: Xmas and New Year in Market Sq [7th Feature]

Nottingham Indymedia: Review of 2011

Nottingham Occupation Camp now at day 86

Occupy Nottingham: 100 days and counting [8th Feature]

Coverage to 100 days [since 15 October 2011]

Thought I’d check out if my live posting from mobile still works. Haven’t used it for while. So, checking  if still set up ok, this should post on my blog …… Then out to twitter and facebook……
So, in short, just checking.

Have added more links to my …

‘Collected’ Indymedia Articles page at: http://foto8.eu

Have prepared a new page on these issues at:

http://nottingham.indymedia.org/articles/2189

In spite of assorted agreements with the police, officers continue to be obstructive to photogaphy in the street.

Although the trend of photographers getting hassle go’s up and down over time, It has always been thus!

The object of this page is to strengthen your knowledge regarding issues surrounding photography, both in ‘actions’ and subjects in a public place. In situations whether your photographing an action / demonstration, or people and buildings in the High Street …. it has become quite problematic and increasingly so. I think 4 main issues have a bearing here.

Policeman and assorted officers don’t want to be photographed, it might show some wrong-doing.
People involved in direct action, a photograph might be evidence against an individual breaking the law.
The notion that some believe people have a right of privacy in a public place.
The threat of terrorism and a photographer might be conducting ‘hostile reconissence’.
So, I think to start with, and since we are dealing with those interested in the sort of subjects Indymedia visitors might be interested to know about ….. I should say the first consideration is:

IS IT LIKELY THAT A PICTURE I TAKE, WILL PROVIDE EVIDENCE TO PROSECUTE ANYONE?

I struggle with this all the time and it is central in my mind when photographing activities. It might be argued that it is safer just to take pictures on your holiday and leave a camera at home otherwise. I don’t agree.

Those of us who are serious about this media have a more positive motive.

Firstly, we sometimes moan about the lack of coverage, issues that concern us don’t get in the main stream media, or, when they do are monstered and rubbished.

Many of us have been involved in the ‘alternative media’ in a variety of forms to try and fill this gap. It is a prime objective of the Indymedia Network Project. Should people not have photographed, filmed, recorded or written about events themselves in recent years, vast chunks of history would not have been told or known about. For future activities, I think it is important to show what has been possible in the past. Our coverage should be inspiring to others in the future. Not just the near future either, photographers both professional and casual contribute to our ‘social history’. I want my ‘tribes’ included in this knowledge.

Secondly, having said I don’t want to provide evidence to prosecute anyone ….. I do have ‘form’ for providing picture to defend people wrongly accused. In fact, this is where I started during my festival and traveller days. Authorities and policemen in particular are given training in the aspects of how to give authorititive evidence in court. Many times have I seen this ‘blown out of the water’ by a witness giving evidence and showing a series of photographs or video demonstrating the officer lying through his teeth. It’s not only photographs of course, you should make written notes of times, date, places. [who, what, were and when]. Voice recording equipment is much cheaper and available now, dictaphones, mobile phones and the like can be used covertly or obvertly.

Now, bearing all the above in mind, you have to be aware of the pressures there are now, when photographing your interests in a public place. As far as I know, there are only two offences that are committed where you can be properly arrested. It is an offence to take photographs or collect information, likely to be of use in terrorism ‘hostile reconissence’ and you are not permitted to take an indecent photograph of a child.

As devices to try and prevent you, the police have been know to threaten:

Harrasment, causing alarm and distress.
Obstruction [obstructing and officer in the execution of his duties].
Seizing equipment and media that might assist in the investigation of crime. [PACE 1984].
Stop and Searches under sections 44 and now 43 of the Terrorism Act 2000
Collecting info on police for terrorism purposes [Sect58a Terrorism Act 2000]
The Sect 58a is still one of the most dangerous, since it is in so many peoples mind, that it is an offence to photograph policemen. IT IS NOT. The Metropolitan Police, Photography advice [below] makes it quite clear that this is not true [unless you are a terrorist of course]. They have to have resonable suspicion that you are.

Now, on to some advice. It is simple. You can photograph largely what you like in a public place, with a couple of exceptions that I’ve described. BUT, it is complicated in understanding the speaded of guidelines and advices that are now published. The more serious you are about being confident in your photography, the more of this lot you’d want to read. For the casual snapper, the first few links should help.

Please visit: Photography Advice and Guidance