Canning Town students take protests to end torture to London embassies
PUBLISHED: 10:09 09 July 2014
A group of students targeted several embassies as part of protests designed to raise awareness of the use of torture and end the practice around the world.
The seven teenagers from Eastlea Community School in Canning Town focused on three individual cases which happened in Nigeria, the Philippines and Mexico.
They visited each embassy and took part in different forms of protest outside each one. At the Nigerian embassy the students held pliers and pictures of Moses Akatubga and handed a letter outlining why they were protesting to the Nigerian High Commissioner.
They then went to the Philippines embassy where they campaigned for Alfreda Disbarro. This involved a lot of chanting with lots of other protestors.
Lastly, the students went to the Mexican embassy where they joined a bigger protest and spoke to members of the public, raising awareness and getting support for the case of Claudia Tamariz.
Umran Tuglu, a Year 7 student who took part in the protests said: “Our Amnesty International group from Eastlea Community School went to central London to protest against torture in Nigeria, Mexico and the Philippines. All day we chanted, waved our posters and tried to raise awareness of the problem occurring internationally.
“When some of the embassies would not listen, we shouted even louder. We enjoyed the experience very much because we had our voices heard. We hope that we have helped the situation abroad and have begun to help stop torture.”