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Kill the Bill Demos Across the Country.

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John McDonnell MP.

Protesters have taken to the streets in cities across the UK to rally against the police and crime bill, which is reaching its final stages in parliament.


The police, crime, sentencing and courts bill, sections of which have been condemned by human rights activists as an attack on the right to protest, will be voted on in the House of Lords on Monday.

Hundreds of “kill the bill” protesters rallied in London on Saturday, while demonstrations also took place in cities including Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and Plymouth.

(There was no event in Ipswich, the nearest was in Cambridge. Had there been -there was one last year)- the Tendance would have attended)

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January 16, 2022 at 2:02 pm

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Archbishop Tutu dies aged 90.

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One of the best people to have ever walked the Earth.

May be an image of 1 person and text that says ""If I go up to heaven and find a homophobic god, I will tell him I prefer the other place." -Archbishop Desmond Tutu"

South Africa and the world have lost one of the great spirits and moral giants of our age.

“Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu passed away on the morning of 26 December 2021 in Cape Town at the age of 90.

Tutu was a living embodiment of faith in action, speaking boldly against racism, injustice, corruption, and oppression, not just in apartheid South Africa but wherever in the world he saw wrongdoing, especially when it impacted the most vulnerable and voiceless in society.

We, at the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, mourn his passing and extend deep sympathy to Mrs Nomalizo Leah Tutu, siblings Trevor Thamsanqa Tutu, Naomi Nontombi Tutu, Theresa Thandeka Tutu, Mpho Tutu van Furth and their families. We commit ourselves to continue telling the story and emulating the example of this son of Africa who became an inspiring sign of peace, hope and justice across the world.”

The Tendance says that we have no reluctance in saying that we loved the man.

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December 26, 2021 at 12:14 pm

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Christmas and Human Rights.

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This Blog stands for human rights – always, for ever, without exception. Whatever Tel’s Nipper and his comrades in New Left Review say, this is not “moralism”: it is the living breath of our secular humanism. When our forebears protested, with the banners of their lodges, for Dreyfus they stood for this universal meaning. When the anti-Leninist Marxists rose up against the Bolsheviks they fought for democracy and these rights. When the oppressed call for an end to the Islamist dictatorship in Iran, in Hong Kong against the social imperialists of the Chinese Communist Party, when the masses of the world rise up against their oppression, their voices are raised for human rights.

There is no greater founding statement than the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (Déclaration des droits de l’homme et du citoyen de 1789), and its essential amendment,  Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen (Déclaration des droits de la femme et de la citoyenne).

Woman is born free and lives equal to man in her rights. ‘ ‘Male and female citizens, being equal in the eyes of the law, must be equally admitted to all honours, positions, and public employment according to their capacity and without other distinctions besides those of their virtues and talents. ‘” Olympe de Gouges.

There is a programme on France 24 this morning about the Russian Gulag.

Of the testimonies about this few are more affecting than this one:

“There were twenty-eight men and Betty and I in our group. Betty and I, an old professor and a prisoner with a wounded leg, were taken on in a lorry. The men had to walk. We got out on the Russian side of the Brest Litovsk bridge and waited for them to come up, looking across the bridge into occupied Poland. The men and arrived and then a group of GPU men crossed the bridge. We saw them retiring after a while, and the group was larger. There were SS officers with them. The SS commandant and the GP chief saluted each other. The Russian was a good head taller than the German.

The GPU officials still stood there in a group watching us go. Behind them was Soviet Russia. Bitterly I recalled the Communist litany: Fatherland of the Toilers, Bulwark of Socialism, Haven of the Persecuted.”

Als Gefangene bei Stalin und Hitler (1949 Margarete Buber-Neumann. 1949)

In Russia, the battle for the memory of Soviet repressions.

In November, shortly before the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian authorities moved to close down one of the country’s oldest and most influential NGOs, Memorial, which was dedicated to preserving the memory of Stalin-era repressions. Despite everything, the group’s historians are determined to continue the fight to open up the archives of the Soviet secret services. FRANCE 24’s Elena Volochine reports, with illustrations by Sofiya Voznaya.

“Thirty years ago, on 25 December 1991, the president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, resigned. It was the end of the Soviet empire that had lasted for nearly 70 years, and he was the last of the leaders to serve under the red hammer-and-sickle flag.

From 1929 until his death in 1953, that position was occupied by Joseph Stalin, responsible for the extermination of between 3 and 20 million – according to different estimates – of his fellow citizens.

Some 750,000 people are thought to have been shot dead just during the two years of the Great Terror, 1937 and 1938 – the years of the extra-judicial “Troika” courts. Meanwhile, it’s estimated that more than 18 million people were sent to the Gulag concentration camps, where many of them would die of hunger, cold, illness and exhaustion from forced labour.”

France 24 continues with an account of the Islamist genociders’ exterminating the ‘non-believers’ and Christians in Iraq.

Then there is this: Christian prisoners in North Korea are being beaten, tortured and starved – report

Christians in Communist North Korea are being tortured more than members of any other religious group, according to a new report from human rights campaigners Korea Future.

Torture victims interviewed for the report showed “scars and skeletal deformities” and suffered “back pain, incorrect healing of fractures, somatic complaints, and depressive disorders”.

Written by Andrew Coates

December 25, 2021 at 11:34 am