More Police Harassment of Haw

Brian Haw, British dissident

The veteran peace activist Brian Haw was stripped of his anti-war banners and placards by up to 50 police officers in an early-morning raid in Parliament Square yesterday.

There were chaotic and farcical scenes as police wrestled with nine dishevelled protesters led by Mr Haw, and a 40-metre line of anti-war placards, including two donated by the graffiti artist Banksy, was dismantled and dumped in a metal container. Two demonstrators, Martin McGrath and Maria Gallastegui, who tried to climb the metal container to salvage the placards, were arrested. Mr Haw claimed that officers had seized his “personal belongings” as well, including bedding, clothes and a treasured Bible.
(Source: The Independent)

Remember this article I posted up, ‘How The Police Waste Their Time And Your Money?’

Well, our wonderful bobbies are at it again!

They thought about perhaps catching some burglars, rapists or muggers. But that seemed a load of work. So they didn’t bother. Instead, 50 of them turned up to arrest one pacifist protestor and remove placards declaring that the UK government is a bunch of war criminals and mass-murderers.

How much did this police operation cost, in money and time? Why is Brian Haw such a pressing problem for the Met? Has crime in the rest of London ceased?

Brian Haw is clearly a political dissident. As much as Chinese dissidents targeted by their repressive, totalitarian government, Haw has now become a political target of the Blair junta. Nothing else can explain the immense resources targeted at silencing him. Look at this picture:

Police harrassment of Brian Haw

Was it really necessary for a fully-trained police officer to carry away those teddies? Are they more dangerous on the streets than the guns and knives of the villains he could have caught instead?

In London, while this shocking harassment was being carried out, I have no doubt that some people were mugged, beaten-up, robbed. Maybe worse. Perhaps those crimes wouldn’t have happened if the police acted as police and not Blair’s political minions.

And here’s another essential task the cops carried out:

Police harassment of Brian Haw

There you go, we can all sleep much more safely in our beds now that peace banner has been dealth with.

Can you believe this is happening in our country? Why isn’t this the top news on every TV channel?

Click here for the Parliament Square Peace Campaign website, all the pictures in this post were nicked from this Indymedia article.

The Shape Of Bzangy

Google Analytics Graphic

I installed Google Analytics last week and it’s coming up with some interesting stats. I seem to be getting around 130 visitors a day to Bzangy, which I think is quite impressive for as minority interest a website as this. If you look at the pic above, you can see the peak in visits / page views after last Friday. That’s when I posted up the pics from Red so I’m guessing a lot of people were coming here to find pics of themselves 🙂

Google Analytics Graphic

I’m looking forward to the data building up. Studying the map above, you can see how the people who read Bzangy mostly come from the USA and Europe – no surprises there. But it would be cool to see more dots from outside that area. Then again, this is an English-only website so I know I’m limiting my audience there.

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Ahh, now that’s strange. The ‘More Secrets…’ post seems very popular and it’s basically just a link to PostSecret. Hmmm… Good to see the laptop DJing article is still being hit, even if it’s getting a wee bit old now. (I haven’t directly linked to those posts now because that would just skew the stats.)

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I’m impressed by the variety of browsers. A few years ago, that would have all just been Internet Explorer. A lot of Bzangy readers are Firefox users – I wonder if that’s partly due to the geekiness of Bzangy attracting geeks? And if you add both Opera versions together, that’s doing well too.

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I’m very surprised that 640 x 480 doesn’t appear above at all. I know it’s a pretty ancient res but I’ve seen it still trundling away happily on crappy Uni CRTs. Instead, we have all manner of wild high resolutions. And which of you is running at 1600 x 1200? Now that’s just showing off…

Well, that’s a round-up of the shape of Bzangy (and you lot) at the moment. I’m going to leave it a bit longer and then sift through the data to try and see what needs tweaking. Already, I’m not so worried about looking rubbish on low-res screens as 800 x 600 is the bottom end. Now I’ll have to sort through the exit and entrance points to see if I can make the site more accessible.

Anyway, I’m knackered now so that’ll all have to wait. Byeee!