Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

On the day British MPs largely fail to attend Parliament for the vote on the continued deployment of military forces in Afghanistan, antiwar campaigners scale the side of the British parliament building to bring attention to public opinion regarding the occupation. Members of the public and foreign national tourists gather to take pictures. Parliament, London. 9th October 2010. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Anti-War protest at Parliament, Afghanistan War Vote. London, UK. 9th October 2010.

By Published Last Edited 2010-10-09 00:00:00

On the day the British Parliament attempts to assemble for the first debate and vote on the continuing occupation of Afghanistan, anti-war campaigners Maria Gallastegui and Skywarrior breach security at the Parliament building and scale scaffolding successfully hanging anti-war banners, a demand to bring the troops home and a section 6 notice of the 1977 Criminal Law Act preventing violent removal.

The action takes place on the day the first commons debate and vote over the continuing occupation of Afghanistan takes place. The debate is very poorly attended, with much of the debating chamber remaining empty for most of the day.

Elsewhere, in Wiltshire, UK, the body of Lance Corporal Joseph Pool is repatriated after being killed in Afghanistan during an attack involving a rocket propelled grenade. The vote takes place in the late afternoon and returns an overwhelming majority in favour of British military forces remaining in the war-torn country, nine years after the initial invasion and seven years after the US Government announce the military defeat of the Taliban.

The vote, and the manner in which it is undertaken, is broad and convincing evidence that the US and British governments are no longer concerned with public opinion over the occupation. The apathy takes place as the Karzai government experience difficulty with the internal banking system almost certainly triggered by Karzai opponents attempting to undermine his electioneering efforts. The attempt to sever Mr Karzai from his primary source of funding appears shortly before Afghanistan attempts to hold yet more elections in a last desperate attempt to prevent US opponents in the country from taking control.

Parliament, London, 9th October 2010.

The antiwar action is the latest in a long line of actions to have befallen the British Government since the invocation of the so-called War on Terror in 2001. Nine years later, the so-called War on Terror has been discarded and replaced with an ideology of international security operations. In Afghanistan itself, along with Iraq, the so-called war has proven to be a worldwide war for financial control of domestic markets. To date, over a million people have been killed in its name.

The antiwar action is the latest in a long line of actions to have befallen the British Government since the invocation of the so-called War on Terror in 2001. Nine years later, the so-called War on Terror has been discarded and replaced with an ideology of international security operations. In Afghanistan itself, along with Iraq, the so-called war has proven to be a worldwide war for financial control of domestic markets. To date, over a million people have been killed in its name.

As the vote is debated, senior Government ministers arrive, unable to miss the message confirming public opinion.

As the vote is debated, senior Government ministers arrive, unable to miss the message confirming public opinion.

The box in Parliament Square is painted with a compelling answer to those who continue to maintain that the occupation of Afghanistan is critical to the national security of the United Kingdom. Public opinion is now overwhelmingly in favour of an end to the deployment.

The box in Parliament Square is painted with a compelling answer to those who continue to maintain that the occupation of Afghanistan is critical to the national security of the United Kingdom. Public opinion is now overwhelmingly in favour of an end to the deployment.

Peace campaigner Maria Gallastegui and activist. SkyWarrior spend a total of 25 hours and 50 minutes on the scaffolding at the side of the Parliament building.

Peace campaigner Maria Gallastegui and activist. SkyWarrior spend a total of 25 hours and 50 minutes on the scaffolding at the side of the Parliament building.

The symbols of war have been flying around London for over a year now, originally appearing in an effort to convince the British people that army helicopters are available for use in Afghanistan.

The symbols of war have been flying around London for over a year now, originally appearing in an effort to convince the British people that army helicopters are available for use in Afghanistan.

Two months after the eviction of the Democracy Village, Parliament Square remains fenced off and despite little or no work having being done by contractors, the public are now firmly excluded from the area by Westminster City Council. There is no activity on site at all.

Two months after the eviction of the Democracy Village, Parliament Square remains fenced off and despite little or no work having being done by contractors, the public are now firmly excluded from the area by Westminster City Council. There is no activity on site at all.

The Parliament Square Peace Campaign and the Democracy Village now known as the Westminster Village, has been completely excluded from the grass by Westminster City Council behind a barrage of petty fencing and cages.

The Parliament Square Peace Campaign and the Democracy Village now known as the Westminster Village, has been completely excluded from the grass by Westminster City Council behind a barrage of petty fencing and cages.

After the election of a new Government, the removal of the previous human rights abusing Government and nine years of endless conflict with no end in sight, British public opinion is now in direct contradiction to the second and fourth estates. Despite this, British soldiers continue to die and continue to be ignored by an apathetic and clueless Parliament.

After the election of a new Government, the removal of the previous human rights abusing Government and nine years of endless conflict with no end in sight, British public opinion is now in direct contradiction to the second and fourth estates. Despite this, British soldiers continue to die and continue to be ignored by an apathetic and clueless Parliament.