March 28, 2006

London policing 2

Reza Mortadi, a 29 year old Iranian, has been summonsed by the Police and charged following complaints made at the "March for Free Expression." Mr Mortadi had displayed some of the Danish cartoons. Here is Reza at the rally. Here is Maryam Namazie's speech.

Update: here is a picture of the Police speaking to Mr Moradi (from Yahoo! News).

l1835842.jpg

Andrew Apostolou (indignant pyjamas).

Posted by Andrew Apostolou at March 28, 2006 05:15 AM
Comments

Well, I feel safer. Don't you feel safer? Not to mention virtuously respectful of differences. Free speech is so, so impolite....

Posted by: bk at March 28, 2006 12:28 PM

Moslems who preach murdering of "infidels" get a free pass, whilst the rest of us get shaken down for daring to mention it.

Posted by: Jenny at March 29, 2006 09:25 AM

I suspect the police will now be free to deal with Islamist protestors in the same manner now that they have a "hey, we do it to everybody" excuse.

Posted by: Aaron at March 29, 2006 06:05 PM

Only if the police get complaints about the Islamist protestors.

Where can I get a complaint form?

Posted by: rosignol at March 29, 2006 10:55 PM

Hm.

This is a bit of a conundrum for me.

If you look at the sign Mr. Mortadi is holding, ('Reza at the rally.'), read past the lines saying "Long Live Unconditional freedom of belief, expression, [illegible], press [?], demonstrationstrike [sic], Unconditional freedom of organization and of formation of political parties." and check out the second line from the bottom.

The one that says "Communist Youth Organization".

I despise communists.

Historically, Communists are not famous for respecting or supporting 'Unconditional freedom of belief, expression, etc...'. Especially the "Unconditional freedom of organization and of formation of political parties" bit. In fact, they're famous for exactly the opposite behavior- stomping freedom of belief, expression, and the press into the ground, and explicitly banning non-communist political parties.

In my experience, people who support communists tend to be either profoundly ignorant of history and spectacularly naive, or actively malignant.

But I also don't like it when governments try to suppress free expression, even when I have a very low opinion of the people doing the expressing.

And then there's the idea being expressed- basically, that we should not let a bunch of reactionary religious zealots tell us what we may or may not discuss in our own countries.

I like this idea. A lot. But if I do something on Mr. Mortadi's behalf, I'm supporting a communist, if I do nothing, I am objectively pro-reactionary religious zealots.

What is a sane person to do? All I see here are options of varying degrees of bad-ness.

Posted by: rosignol at March 30, 2006 01:33 AM

Okay, I've read her speech... and the "about me" box on her blog states:

Maryam Namazie is a producer of TV International English, a member of the Central Council of the Organisation for Women's Liberation and Director of the Worker-communist Party of Iran's International Relations Committee. She is also co-editor of WPI Briefing.

She stated in her speech "* People are arrested and summoned to court for carrying placards or flyers with the Mohammad caricatures on them", but the only case I know of where this has happened was Reza Mortadi, who was summoned on account of doing so at the protest where she gave the speech.

Reza Mortadi was carrying a sign with "Communist Youth Organization" on it. Maryam Namazie is Director of the Worker-communist Party.

Either she's prescient, or he's a provocateur. I leave it to the readers here to decide which is more likely.

Posted by: rosignol at March 30, 2006 07:30 AM

"The one that says "Communist Youth Organization". I despise communists."

"This is a bit of a conundrum for me."

I disagree. While I don't like communists either (heck, I grew up in West-Berlin, surrounded by them lot), I am glad to see that at least some on the left speak up against Islamist power!

Posted by: Andrew Brehm at March 30, 2006 07:55 AM

Now the bobbies are just going to fine this guy and make him pick up the trash, but the fact that his 8 by 10 color glossy photo is plastered all over the internet is going to be a problem for him. Every jihadi on the group W bench will be looking for him.

Posted by: jj mollo at March 30, 2006 12:14 PM

Officer "Obie" strikes again!!

Posted by: Garry P. at March 31, 2006 03:22 AM

Isn't it passing strange that communists in the US are protesting our policies against the Iranian regime (among other things) while the communists in Iran (well from Iran) apparently are protesting against the Iranian regime.

It appears that the communists living under Islamic regimes that the US opposes also oppose those regimes while the communists living under the US regime support those Islamic regimes.

I say it's spinach and the hell with it.

Posted by: SteveMG at March 31, 2006 03:07 PM

Rally in Toronto

Posted by: Winston at April 8, 2006 11:15 PM

leather jackets The essential one-step product for Il migliore Casino Online complete leather care. URAD NEUTRAL buy cigarettes |brings back and revives the original color and is remarkable buy cigarettes online |in restoring damaged or dried-up leathers to casino bonus |mint condition. Also, it offers efficient protection against water, salt, Casino en línea calcium and mold problems. Whether used as a simple shoe polish, as a cleaner for golf shoes or as a Best Online Casino Review online casino news das beste internet casino internet casinos ,best casino best online casinos casino spielen blog for all | conditioner for Best Online Casino an expensive leather sofa or blog for all |car interior, URAD will surpass Das beste casino | any other product as to ease of use, best online casinos | dry time and quality of results. Preferably use URAD NEUTRAL on leather furniture and saddles, and URAD COLOR to bring a Das beste casino | better shine and hide scuff marks better on boots and shoes. online Casino bonus | Livonia transmission repair shop Michigan | best online casino bonus usa casino links and much much more to go on we also have online casino links and more like cigarette links exchange | tamiflu, viagra, cialis and aslo can buy medications at buy tamiflu, viagra, buy cialis | pharmacy links | link directory, free link exchange | casinos accepting US players | Il migliore Casino Online

Posted by: casino en linea at August 19, 2007 01:42 AM

Very good artical ! welcome to http://www.seosay.com

Posted by: keneny at September 2, 2007 01:07 PM

Thank's for the very informative site, these sites are some I would recommend.

For Online Casino slots and online casino try this La Isla Casino, for more online casino slots and online slots try Slots Kings.

If Bingo is your thing try Bingo Online News for online bingo and internet bingo, internet casino slots and slots information to be found

on Slots Online News. If you like to play bingo online Red7Bingo is the best internet bingo to be found on a online bingo site. For online poker

we recommend Nett Poker. Street Slots is the leading site for Slots, Video Slots and Online Slots. Nett Casino have all the info on casino poker

and many other online casino games in a Norwegian Casino Portal about online casino. Craps is a game of fun and excitement, play craps in CrapsRoom.com

the number one website for online craps.

online casino slot machine online casino slot machine Hope you enjoy them.

in short visit www.laislacasino.com www.red7bingo.com www.megakings.com www.streetslots.com www.slotskings.com www.nettcasino.com www.nettpoker.com www.free-mah-jong.com www.crapsroom.com

Posted by: slots man at September 18, 2007 02:33 AM

上海网站优化
上海网站建设
复印机租赁
硼氢化钠
消防泵
真空泵
同步轮
化工试剂
化学试剂
大众搬场
铁艺
制服
多轴器
流量计
保洁
上海公兴搬场
上海保洁

http://www.ce-r.cn
http://www.jx-net.net
http://www.shjxwl.cn
http://www.oameibang.com
http://www.kuanhao.cn
http://www.chinasongjin.com
http://www.shlutong.com.cn
http://www.pujiangvacuum.com
http://www.longzhaobelt.com
http://www.ce-r.cn
http://www.cesupp.com
http://www.dzbc114.com
http://www.china-glare.com
http://www.shgeya.cn
http://www.kangking.com
http://www.changen.net
http://www.shanghaizhenan.com
http://www.56771242.com.cn
http://www.shgx88.cn
http://www.66513369.com.cn

Posted by: Jing-Xian-Wang-Luo at December 6, 2007 11:25 PM
Post a comment













Remember personal info?






Winner, The 2007 Weblog Awards, Best Middle East or Africa Blog

Pajamas Media BlogRoll Member



Testimonials

"I'm flattered such an excellent writer links to my stuff"
Johann Hari
Author of God Save the Queen?

"Terrific"
Andrew Sullivan
Author of Virtually Normal

"Brisk, bracing, sharp and thoughtful"
James Lileks
Author of The Gallery of Regrettable Food

"A hard-headed liberal who thinks and writes superbly"
Roger L. Simon
Author of Director's Cut

"Lively, vivid, and smart"
James Howard Kunstler
Author of The Geography of Nowhere


Contact Me

Send email to michaeltotten001 at gmail dot com


News Feeds




toysforiraq.gif



Link to Michael J. Totten with the logo button

totten_button.jpg


Tip Jar





Essays

Terror and Liberalism
Paul Berman, The American Prospect

The Men Who Would Be Orwell
Ron Rosenbaum, The New York Observer

Looking the World in the Eye
Robert D. Kaplan, The Atlantic Monthly

In the Eigth Circle of Thieves
E.L. Doctorow, The Nation

Against Rationalization
Christopher Hitchens, The Nation

The Wall
Yossi Klein Halevi, The New Republic

Jihad Versus McWorld
Benjamin Barber, The Atlantic Monthly

The Sunshine Warrior
Bill Keller, The New York Times Magazine

Power and Weakness
Robert Kagan, Policy Review

The Coming Anarchy
Robert D. Kaplan, The Atlantic Monthly

England Your England
George Orwell, The Lion and the Unicorn