Archive | March, 2012

Hi my name is AG

29 Mar

Hi my name is AG. I’m 17 years old and I was born Portugal.I lived in London for 6 years. I would like to tell you my experience with the police in London.

When I arrived to London I was a non English speaker and I had no friends at the time.Then after a few weeks at school I made friends,I was excited and happy but everything changed they way I behaved on the streets.When I was stopped and searched by the police .I was playing around with my friends on the park and we spotted 8 police officers coming out of a police van. One of the police officers approched me and grabbed my hand very tight for a while.During all of that time he asked me questions such as what are you doing why are you here and where are you going. I was scared and confused because the officer was very angry and I didn’t know what was going on so I was quiet for all of that time, then the officer ungrabbed my hand and  and went inside the van. desperately I asked my friends what was going on and what have we done?They told me that they always get stopped and searched because they were black and because of their clothes. I wasn’t quite sure why did this happen even thou we were stopped. 2 years later I moved to Hackney because my mother moved from Portugal to London and desperately they gave her a house in Hackney,So I moved to hackney as well. When I arrived to Hackney my English Improved so I could speak quite good.The second time I was stopped and searched was when I was walking on the pavement and a group of police officers came out of a car and asked me what was I up to? I didn’t say nothing at all. they pushed me against the wall and started to search me. I felt angry because I was simply walking and got stopped.Then I realized that If I change my appearance then probably I would not be stopped again.But things carried on and on until now. All I can say is prepare for the unexpected.


Will Kony 2012 creator ever work again?

26 Mar

Invisible Children's Kony 2012 campaign supporters.

Last week creator of the viral internet video Kony 2012,  John Russell 33, was escorted to a medical facility by police after allegedly irrational behaviour including walking naked in public, vandalising cars and masturbating.

This is in stark contrast to the image of the wholesome family man, who is teaching his son about the “evil Joseph Kony,” which is depicted in the video.

Russell, who was involved in the entertainment business from an early age, shot to worldwide fame with the internet release of his film Kony 2012.

The film calls for the arrest of leader of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) Joseph Kony who the film accuses of horrendous war crimes including kidnapping children and forcing them to perform atrocities such as killing their own parents.

Within a week it received 89 million hits on You Tube alone.  People worldwide were talking about the movie and crying out for the arrest of Kony.

The movie also produced a lot of critics. Some claimed that the movie simplified things and that Kony was no longer in Uganda where the film places its focus. Some argued that Russell should concentrate on helping the children and less trying to capture Kony. The arguments continue.

Russell’s wife claimed that it was this pressure that mounted from the instant success of the film that had led to her husband’s strange behaviour. Ironically it was the success of the film that had led me to believe that Russell would catapult into one of the biggest film makers of our time.

People are now asking if he will ever find work again after what might be described as his unfortunate behaviour. Some people think not. However it has been reported that Russell has been flooded with letters of sympathy and some people say that they are now behind him more than ever. But, I do wonder how seriously the next message he tries to send will be taken.

According to Russell’s wife Danica ‘The preliminary diagnosis he received is called brief reactive psychosis, an acute state brought on by extreme exhaustion, stress and dehydration,’ He is expected to spend weeks in hospital and months before he is fully recovered.