Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

Brian Haw, beaten and bloodied, is taken away by TSG [Territorial Support Group] officers. London. 12th January 2008. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Brian Haw Assaulted and Arrested under SOCPA 132-138. London. 12th January 2008.

By Published Last Edited 2008-01-12 00:00:00

A group of 200 protesters gather in London to protest the British governments restrictions on the right to assembly in and around the environs of the British Parliament building.

They walk peacefully through the designated area visiting sites of interest including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Parliament Square, the Home Office and Downing Street.

As the day drags on, anti-terrorism Territorial Support Group (TSG) officers realise they are unable to arrest the participants due to the fact that they are mobile and then begin to take out their frustrations on the protesters.

Brian Haw is arrested, held and assaulted in a TSG van parked adjacent to the Cenotaph war memorial and then taken away bleeding and frightened.

London. 12th January 2008.

A blank protest banner objecting to nothing at all.

A blank protest banner objecting to nothing at all.

A woman with her mouth taped and gagged.

A woman with her mouth taped and gagged.

The protesters walk behind Downing Street on their way to Parliament Square.

The protesters walk behind Downing Street on their way to Parliament Square.

A woman holds a banner alluding to the architect of the act.

A woman holds a banner alluding to the architect of the act.

Barbara Tucker and Steve Jago stand outside New Scotland Yard.

Barbara Tucker and Steve Jago stand outside New Scotland Yard.

TSG officers lose control and begin to suppress the protest outside Downing Street. Downing Street, London.

TSG officers lose control and begin to suppress the protest outside Downing Street. Downing Street, London.

A disabled man is forced to get to his feet without aid from police officers.

A disabled man is forced to get to his feet without aid from police officers.

Underneath the Cenotaph war memorial, just yards from Downing Strett, Brian Haw is forcibly restrained by a TSG police officer wearing rubber gloves inside a police van.

Underneath the Cenotaph war memorial, just yards from Downing Strett, Brian Haw is forcibly restrained by a TSG police officer wearing rubber gloves inside a police van.