Please replay this story when this dictator is on trial and all our politicians are pretending they didn’t like him really.
Well done, PT for your courage. The Indonesian army invaded East Timor and from 1973 onward murdered two hundred thousand people with UK and US backing.
Yes, from my recollection the UK sold them planes for them to bomb their own people. The defence minister at the time was Alan Clark who said that what others do with our exports is up to them and his conscience was clean. RIP you evil bastard!
Yep, not even their own people, though that’s how it was reported in the media. It was a totally illegal invasion of one nation by another which had no sovereignty, no claim whatsoever. An act of terrorism according to international law claiming 20 times more lives than 9/11. The US was the main backer; it wouldn’t have happened without their emphatic support.
Wow! He is such a brave man. I don’t know anyone who stands up for peoples rights in this way. Very inspiring. Well done Peter.
I think I like this guy. I wish there were few like him in the US.
They can say many things about Peter Tatchell, but no one can say that he is a one-issue activist.
Looks like the British Establishment is still against him.
At least he has maintained his integrity.
As ever, Peter Tatchell is bravery and integrity on stilts.
An honor is to be shoulder by shoulder with Peter on odd occasion. Such an inspirational man. Shame on government.
Not a fan of everything Tatchell does, but he certainly picked a deserving target. Typically idiotic police officers too which illustrates the police’s hatred of protestors.
Why on Earth does this horrendous government that kills and tortures West Papuans and which has the East Timor bloodbath to its name get a state visit? Oh that’s right, because of Westminster’s long sordid history of arming and financing Suharto all the way back to Thatcher. I wonder what people would think if the Khmer Rouge got such a warm welcome.
Peter’s treatment and arrest does seem heavy handed. In a free society, people have the right to protest. And it should have been the thugs who pushed him to the ground who deserved the attention of the police, not Peter. I would also have concerns that his rough treatement by police had something to do with him being a well known human rights and LGBT activist. If that is the case, then the behaviour of the police regarding this incident is even more shameful. Let’s not forget that police were to the forefront in persecuting LGBT people in the UK until the very recent past and need to be held to a higher standard than most. And while positive initiatives have been undertaken to make police appear LGBT friendly, we must never become complacent on this front. For example, a pattern of singling out gay (adult) pornography for disproportionate attention and sanction has emerged from both the CPS and the Met with 2 high profile prosecutions of gay men this year alone.
“I would also have concerns that his rough treatement by police had something to do with him being a well known human rights and LGBT activist.”
Exactly. The police regularly used to beat up Brian Haw, the peace activist, when he was protesting outside Parliament.
Yet again Peter you shine a light on the cockroaches in this world.
Long may you continue to do (at 60) what so many of us younger gay people cannot (or will not) do… Stand up for minorities.
Yes, it would seem that one law applies to evil dictators, and another is applied to peaceful protesters. Again, well done Peter. You continue (at 60) to do what most of us younger gay people cannot.
Long may you shine a light on the cockroaches!
The Metropolitan Police obviously did not want to risk being bracketed along with the likes of the Moscow Police or Robert Mugabe’s thugs and released Peter Tatchell without charge. Peter Tatchell was taken many beatings standing up for LGBT and human rights yet importantly he has never seen the need to inflict violence against the people he protested against although they seem quite happy to rough him up.
Indonesia is a ball that we must not take our eyes off. Although it is the largest Muslim country in the world, it does not criminalize homosexuality except in Aceh Provence where Sharia Law is applied to Muslims although non-Muslims are not affected. I am concerned that Sharia Law could creep into other parts of Indonesia and non-Muslims could find themselves affected as well. Should we condem Indonesia for it’s attrocities in East Timor and West Papua or should we congratulate them for taking a liberal approach to Islam (Aceh not included)?
He should use for false imprisonment and use any money awarded to advance the fight against heterophobia and theocraphobia.
As well as expressing my admiration for PT yet again, I have to say how nice it is to see, for once, nothing apart from other supportive posts (at the time of writing).
Huge thanks for your kind messages of support re my protest against the Indonesian President. I hope the publicity of my arrest will help draw international attention to Indonesia’s crimes against humanity in West Papua.
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The man attacks a diplomatic vehicle containing a head of state in the restricted area of Westminster Square and wonders why he gets jumped?
Had this been an assassin, everyone would have been saying how brave our bobbies were.
There are many ways of getting ones voice heard, jumping in front of presidential limousines is not one of them. Tatchell brings this crap on himself; he is lucky he wasn’t shot.
‘Attacks’, seriously? Unfurling a flag is ‘attacking’ in your book, is it?
What utter tosh. This is a democracy that we live in and PT had every right to do what he did – and he should be able to do so too without your sort of crticism …
He did not have a right. What he did was illegal.
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 imposes tight restrictions on any protest in Parliament Square.
Funny how democracy can sometimes turn round and bite you in the arse when it doesn’t happen to go in the same direction as you.
“Tatchell brings this crap on himself; he is lucky he wasn’t shot.”
What, like the poor unfortunate peaceful West Papuan protesters?? Well, maybe that’s one of the benefits of living in a democratic country instead of Indonesia?
Well done Peter… ignore the trolls!
Well done Peter. It is good to see you back in action :-)
Peter Tatchell: holds a flag. Gets arrested.
Nick Griffin: incites mob violence against an innocent couple at their home (while simultaneously declaring a British couple’s home is their castle…?). Nothing.
He is a great man. Heroic even… yes, when I think of a gay hero (so to speak) Peter is right up there. Fantastic man.
How brilliant that these comments are almost devoid of Tatchell bashing. He’s a real hero. Thank you, Peter, for all you do for us and for others in need.