Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

Two members of the village carry out a protest in orange boiler suits inside the double fencing skin in order to bring attention to why protest is important to maintain and facilitate. The boiler suits are based on the apparel worn by internees at the notorious Guantanamo Bay internment camp in Cuba operated by the United States in its so-called War on Terror. Parliament Square, London. 9th October 2010. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Breaching the Fencing Protest. Parliament Square, London. 9th October 2010.

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

As the United Kingdom approaches a direct confrontation between domestic and foreign policy funding, and as the situation in Afghanistan begins to darken ominously with sponsored media sources around the world changing tack on the ninth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan, anti-war campaigners gather in Parliament Square after a rally in St James Park to forcibly enter the Square in order to assert their right to protest against the war.

In recent days international media have speculated on policy changes taking place in the Whitehouse (US) suggesting that a new go-for-broke approach is to take place in order to attempt a final defeat of anti-occupation forces operating in Afghanistan.

The policy change appears as Afghan President Hamid Karzai begins the process of abandoning his western allies in favour of diplomacy and engagement with anti-occupation forces by visiting those forces in their traditional heartland. At the same time, the US surge has now completed and an additional 30,000 US troops are now in the country.

The go-for-broke policy change, the completion of the surge and the distancing of Hamid Karzai from occupation forces all now point to a last ditch attempt by the United States to smother the country in violence in an attempt to claim victory.

Major and serious loss of life is now expected. The democracy villagers enter the square, evict bailiffs and their belongings from their tent, and begin the process of removing fencing from the Square to facilitate the protests that will be required should the United States lose complete control of itself prior to its withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Parliament Square, London. 9th October 2010.

The Democracy Villagers lift the fencing surrounding Parliament Square in order to enter the Grass area in order to assert themselves prior to the upsurge in violent rhetoric appearing in international media round the world. The fencing is lifted in order to prevent accusations by bailiffs of criminal damage which are certain to be used in order to facilitate police intervention.

The Democracy Villagers lift the fencing surrounding Parliament Square in order to enter the Grass area in order to assert themselves prior to the upsurge in violent rhetoric appearing in international media round the world. The fencing is lifted in order to prevent accusations by bailiffs of criminal damage which are certain to be used in order to facilitate police intervention.

The villagers enter the grass area and sit down to assert their right to protest.

The villagers enter the grass area and sit down to assert their right to protest.

The excuse given by the Greater London Authority for the fencing off of the grass and the removal of the public from the area now appears in the form of overgrown grass, weeds and a now generally unkempt and tatty looking World Heritage site. The GLA now have just a few weeks to cut the grass before winter sets in.

The excuse given by the Greater London Authority for the fencing off of the grass and the removal of the public from the area now appears in the form of overgrown grass, weeds and a now generally unkempt and tatty looking World Heritage site. The GLA now have just a few weeks to cut the grass before winter sets in.

After the fencing is breached, democracy villagers take possession of the bailiffs tent after evicting the bailiffs and forcing the belongings onto the street. A short while later, bailiffs falsely complain to the police that their bailiffs were present inside the tent during the eviction.

After the fencing is breached, democracy villagers take possession of the bailiffs tent after evicting the bailiffs and forcing the belongings onto the street. A short while later, bailiffs falsely complain to the police that their bailiffs were present inside the tent during the eviction.

Two young girls support the Democracy Villagers while they take the tent.

Two young girls support the Democracy Villagers while they take the tent.

As the evening drags on, more Democracy Villagers enter the Square in order to setup another tent as bailiffs look on.

As the evening drags on, more Democracy Villagers enter the Square in order to setup another tent as bailiffs look on.

After Democracy Villagers begin moving fencing, bailiffs again falsely claim criminal damage to a small metal bolt which they claim has been bent during its removal. As a result, a single police officer takes it upon himself to arrest two villagers. The attempt at arrest is met with a number of villagers locking on to the arrestees in order to prevent the police removing them. The lock on begins a stand off between the villagers and the police officer which lasts for over an hour.

After Democracy Villagers begin moving fencing, bailiffs again falsely claim criminal damage to a small metal bolt which they claim has been bent during its removal. As a result, a single police officer takes it upon himself to arrest two villagers. The attempt at arrest is met with a number of villagers locking on to the arrestees in order to prevent the police removing them. The lock on begins a stand off between the villagers and the police officer which lasts for over an hour.

The officer and the Democracy Villagers during the stand off. A short while later a larger number of officers appear in the Square and remove the two arrestees forcefully. A short while after the officers and media leave the scene, bailiffs forcefully remove the Democracy Villagers from the Square. The event ends peacefully.

The officer and the Democracy Villagers during the stand off. A short while later a larger number of officers appear in the Square and remove the two arrestees forcefully. A short while after the officers and media leave the scene, bailiffs forcefully remove the Democracy Villagers from the Square. The event ends peacefully.