“Humanity stands together” – a photo essay of a protest

The lead banner for the march with a list of demands and aspirations. Grassroots organised with no big names or egos involved. Although, a few of the big egos were unfortunately seen skulking around and spouting off at points:(
A token detachment of Tactical Support Group (TSG) cops who replaced the regulars who’d earlier been ‘educated’ by some of the protesters. Around twenty five TSG, which should anything have kicked off, wouldn’t have made much of an impact. Their numbers did increase towards the end of the march as it made it’s way to Whitehall and Downing Street.
The march making its way along Victoria Street with a variety of placards and flags on display.
There were a lot of hand made placards representing a variety of viewpoints, with the makers of them willing to stop and pose for the photographers who were around.
Adding a bit of glamour to the occasion:) Again, people were willing to pose…
The marchers (and their dogs) making their way down Oxford Street.
A Palestinian struggle supporter caught up in the protest and far from minding, was enthusiastically offering her support to the people marching past.
As mentioned earlier, there were a lot of hand made placards…
The lead banner again with a pretty diverse range of people standing behind and flanking it.
The march ended in Whitehall and unsurprisingly, a lot of protesters stopped outside Downing Street to make their feelings known, even though Johnson was away on ‘paternity leave’.
The last image of the day as the protest was finishing and the light was rapidly fading…

Dave – the editor

As ever with these protests, they’re comprised of a wide range of currents coming together on one day, in one place to march on the streets. The range of people attending stretch across the political spectrum and in the case of the many ordinary people turning up, sit outside of it. In this post – Dealing with the new (ab)normal – a situation report – August 6, 2021 – I take a look at the various currents who turn up on these protests and argue that taken as a whole, they do not constitute what we would understand as a cohesive movement.

Out on the streets on Saturday 18.12, there were anti-vaxxers marching alongside the double and in some cases, the triple jabbed. There were army veterans marching alongside ravers from the 80s and 90s. There were white working class people marching alongside black and Asian working class people. Unfortunately there were a few alt-right people skulking about as the protest was assembling in Parliament Square. There were a lot of young people out expressing their anger at having almost two years of their life restricted and shut down – the years when memories are made and years they won’t get back. I hope the images above go some way to capturing the diversity of the people turning up on these protests.

As for the numbers, given that there was a tube strike that had knocked out over half the network, they were still in the tens of thousands. How many tens I wouldn’t want to hazard a guess as counting protesters is not my strong point. The point is they got out on the streets to make their points.

Will the protest make any positive impact? Given that the only media coverage I’ve seen (so far) focused on the brief scuffle at the start or on the ravings of Piers Corbyn, the answer to that is most likely no. But most people attending knew that anyway. The point of turning up is to feel the strength of being out in numbers and then to take that back to our communities where the real struggle against the dystopia that’s threatening us all has to take place.

At some point, there has to be anarchist input into these struggles. As I went along with the specific aim of producing a photo essay, I didn’t get a paper produced. It was a case of doing one or the other. The aim of doing a photo essay was to try to portray the diversity of people turning up on these protests in the hope that it may persuade some anarchists that these are events worth intervening in. On the basis that there needs to be an anarchist perspective on these protests, should these continue into 2022, I would seriously consider getting a paper written, laid out and printed for distribution.

In between taking the above photographs, I got a lot of these stickers up…

5 Comments

  1. Could never ever imagine both Christian Bible believers, such as myself, and anarchists could be so on the very same page in regards to what we see and point out about the current global evil agenda that is being pushed by Davos and the Eugenicists. I will wholeheartedly support this page.

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