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Welcome To The Security Games

With weeks to go before the start of this summer’s London Olympics, a sense of foreboding has descended on many of the people who, like me, live and work in Newham in east London, one of the poorest and most ethnically diverse parts of the capital. This anxiety, shared even by those who are enthusiastic about the spectacle of the Games, has been raised by the stories over the last six months about snipers in helicopters, missile launchers on tower blocks and RAF fighters in the skies during the Olympics and repeated predictions that it may be almost impossible to leave the borough during peak periods. People speak of feeling trapped by the arrival of an event that seems more like an invading army of occupation than a welcome visitor.

Welcome to the Security Games. This summer sees the largest peacetime military and security operation since 1945, with a budget that has soared to around £1 billion. Since 2010, the number of security personnel required by Olympic organisers has risen sharply to an overall estimated 23700 on the busiest days, more than double the original predictions. As well as up to 12000 police from forces across the country, the Ministry of Defence has provided more troops deployed (in uniform) to work during the Games than are currently stationed in Afghanistan. More CCTV has been installed in a part of London already awash with cameras and around £80 million has been spent on the construction of an an 11-mile long 5000-volt electric fence around the Olympic zone. One of the chief beneficiaries of the huge level of spending is the global private security corporation G4S, which has seen enormous expansion of its contract for providing security guards, from £86 million in December 2010 to £284 million in December 2011. The reality is that, like everything else to do with the Olympics, costs remain obscured by a lack of transparency and may be far higher.

Read the full article on Random Blowe

Filed under: militarisation, policing & civil liberties

London 2012: one big party or one big prison?

By Mike Wells
Security precautions for London 2012 include the construction of a 17.5 km, 5,000volt electric fence, topped with 900 daylight and night vision surveillance cameras spaced at 50 metre intervals. On first sight of the fence you could be forgiven for thinking you had slipped through a wormhole in the space-time continuum to find yourself on the perimeter of a Soviet era Gulag.

Read the article on Games Monitor

Filed under: militarisation, policing & civil liberties

The myth of the Olympic truce

From the Peace Pledge Union

The problem with truces, Peace Matters, Spring 2012

The Olympic Truce is a Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, which requires all signatories to ‘pursue initiatives for peace and reconciliation in the spirit of the ancient Games for the period seven days before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games until seven days after the end of the Paralympic Games’.

All 193 member states sign it, but no-one has ever implemented it for over twenty-five years. In 1994 the Olympic Truce was adopted as a full resolution of the United Nations General Assembly for the first time. The day before the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway a mortar shell landed in the market square of the besieged former Olympic City of Sarajevo killing 89 and injuring hundreds more.

The Olympic Truce was invoked to broker a ceasefire in Sarajevo and to allow in much needed humanitarian aid saving many lives. The modern Games have run for 112 years and have had to be cancelled because of war three times, been the subject of mass boycotts on five occasions, and been subject to terrorist attacks twice. The Truce has been violated on virtually every occasion. Surely we need a better plan?

Read the full article

Filed under: militarisation, the problem with the Olympics

No Missiles in Our Community

PROTEST: Called by Stop the Olympic Missiles 

Saturday 30th June

Assemble 1pm

Wennington Green, Mile End Park, London E3 5SN

As part of the Olympic Games this summer, the Ministry of Defence is planning to place surface-to-air missiles on rooftops in residential areas around London, including in East London.

There has been no consultation with local people about the missiles, nor has any risk assessment been conducted. The
presence of missiles in the local area will create real danger and do not serve reasonable security purpose.

We demand that the Ministry of Defence scraps the plan immediately.

Facebook Event: PROTEST: No Missiles in Our Community

www.stoptheolympicmissiles.org

Filed under: events, militarisation, take action

Join the Protest Walk on Saturday 9 June

In response to Missiles on Blackheath,  Greenwich and Bexley Trades Council, Lewisham and Greenwich CND, Lewisham Stop the War have organised a Protest Walk on Saturday 9th June:

Please join the Facebook event for up to date details: https://www.facebook.com/events/441681132509260/

Map of route: Protest Walk

Map of route: Protest Walk

2.00 pm          Depart from Café at Oxleas Woods

overlooking the proposed missile site

2.40 pm          Junction of Academy Road and Ha Ha Road (speaker)

walk past car park tarmac on Woolwich Common

3.20 pm          Charlton House – Peace Garden (speaker)

3.45 pm          Blackheath – War Memorial (speaker)

walk along Charlton Way, past the illegally enclosed Circus Field, crossing Shooters Hill opposite the illegally demolished park gates

4.20 pm         Whitfield Mount on Blackheath  proposed missile site

Buses 89, 486 and 53 all run close to the route so you can join the march at any point ‘

Filed under: events, militarisation

‘Do we want missiles in our communities?’

Public Forum on the Missiles

With Councillor Rania Khan, Journalist and Bow Quarter Resident Brian Whelan, Alex Kenny from Tower Hamlets NUT and Chris Nineham from Stop the War.

Rushanara Ali MP, Mayor Lutfur Rahman and the MOD have all been invited.

7pm, Thursday, May 31st
Bow Road Methodist Church
1 Merchant Street
London E3 4LY (corner of Bow Road)

See Stop the Olympics Missiles

Filed under: events, militarisation


Whose Games? Whose City?

NO LIMOS! NO LOGOS! NO LAUNCHERS!


12 noon, Saturday 28 July
Assemble Mile End Park, East London.

March to Wennington Green for People's Games for All (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF FINAL DESTINATION)

A family-friendly protest. More details and press release

@counterOlympics twitter action

London Takes Gold

A struggle to survive: dedicated to Leyton Marsh

LONDON OLYMPICS Lost Opportunities

Olympics: This Is Not A War Zone

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From the Anti-Olympics poster competition!

Don’t Buy It, by Regime

‘Out damn logo!’ The Reclaim Shakespeare Company