Brian Haw & Barbara Tucker on Edge Media TV (Full Length)

Published on Aug 20, 2020
Brian Haw and Barbara Tucker interviewed by Theo Chalmers.

Brian William Haw (1949-2011), was an English protestor and peace campaigner who lived in a camp in London's Parliament Square from 2001, in a protest against UK and US foreign policy. Although he had begun his protest before the 2001 United States attacks, Haw became a symbol of the anti-war movement over the policies of both Britain and the United States in Afghanistan and later Iraq. He was voted Most Inspiring Political Figure at the 2007 Channel 4 Political Awards

On 2 June 2001, he began camping in Parliament Square in central London in a one-man political protest against war and foreign policy (initially, the sanctions against Iraq). By his own account, he was first inspired to take up his vigil after seeing the images and information produced by the Mariam Appeal, an anti-sanctions campaign. Haw justified his campaign on a need to improve his children's future. He only left his makeshift campsite in order to attend court hearings, surviving on food brought by supporters. Support for Haw's protest came from former Labour cabinet minister Tony Benn and activist/comedian Mark Thomas. Among the artwork displayed was a Banksy stencil of two soldiers painting a peace sign and Leon Kuhn's anti-war political caricature 3 Guilty Men, which, together with Kuhn's The Proud parents, Mark Wallinger later displayed in his recreation at the Tate in 2007

Brian Haw was featured in the 2006 documentary, TerrorStorm. Director and narrator Alex Jones interviewed Haw and even joined in his protest of Parliament by answering Haw's inquiry, via megaphone, about the Statue of Liberty by saying she'd been picked up on suspicion that she was a member of Al-Qaeda. Haw (played by an actor) also appeared briefly in the 2007 drama The Trial of Tony Blair. There is also a documentary film made about him by Mahmoud Shoolizadeh, entitled A Man Called Brian, which shows interviews with him and analysed the Iraq war. This film has participated in some international film festivals.

In September 2010, Haw, was diagnosed with lung cancer. On 1 January 2011 he left England to receive treatment in Berlin. The treatment was paid for by David Icke. Haw died in the early hours of 18 June 2011.

Recorded: September 2009

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