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truce or truth

This week I spent a lot of time discussing the “Olympic Missiles” with people: the security plans of the UK government for the Olympic Games that’ll be officially opened in less than 6 weeks. The plans are scary, to say the least, and I’m only relieved that I’m not the only one who’s concerned about the militarisation of our city and the Olympic Games, who come from the ancient tradition of the “Olympic Truce”. According to the Stop The War Coalition, the Ministry of Defense will spend more money on the security operations than the Chinese government did 4 years ago – with the UK’s shopping list including some 48,000 security personnel, a contingent of 1,000 armed US troops patrolling my home borough Tower Hamlets, helicopters with snipers, drones, long-range acoustic laser device to disperse crowds, the Royal Navy’s biggest warship, and the idea of deploying of surface-to-air missiles on the roofs of London residential buildings such as Bow Quarters in my neighbourhood.

I’m disillusioned and angry but also perplexed that there hasn’t been any learning from previous escalations of violent protection – if anything they make us less safe. This graffiti on Osborn Street really struck a chord…

 

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