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By TheophileEscargot (Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 02:54:52 PM EST) Me, demo, politics (all tags)
Me: demo report.

Went to the anti-BNP demonstration on Saturday. This one went well, but got a bit bizarre.

I showed up a bit late at the official site outside Downing Street, where there were about a hundred anti-fascists chanting and holding signs. Got quickly told that the real action was outside Parliament, and headed there. About 50 BNP guys were holding signs, pretty big professional-looking ones, near a statue.

BNP demo 3493

There were a couple of hundred anti-fascists next to them, chanting slogans again, separated by the police. BNP looked pretty fed up already.

Protest line big ben 3528 Police kept moving us down away from the BNP. Mix of tactics. Partly pushing by line, partly isolating groups in mini-kettles and letting people leave, partly by arresting people with snatches. We gradually got moved down the road quite far away. I didn't realise it at that point, but the BNP aim was to march down to the cenotaph, and the unoffical aim some anti-fascists was to block the road.

At this point things got a bit weird. There was a loud disturbance, and a new bunch of protestors clad in black and white charged in down another road. There was smoke as they set an effigy ablaze:

Badger burning effigy 3532

Was a bit worrying at first as we thought it might be another fascist group, but it turned out to be protestors against the badger cull.

They generally seemed to be on our side, so the protests starting crossing over. Some badgers joined us, though others held back on the other side of the street. There were chants of "Save the badgers, cull the BNP". Anti-fascists started adapting the signs. ONe guy with "Fuck the fucking fascists on one side wrote "Save the Badgers" on the other. Another improvised banner read "Save the Badgers, cull the BNP again":

Save the badgers cull the BNP banner 3588

Badger and antifascist poster 3553

Badger protestor lamppost 3564

The cops kept pushing us slowly back. About five o'clock a big crowd of TSG (Territorial Support Group, "Riot Police" descended and warned people individually if we didn't move we'd be arrested. They had at least one bus ready for mass arrests, and I've seen it before, so I headed off at this point".

Protestors face TSG 3604

I thought things were dispersing and the BNP would get their march to the cenotaph. Apparently there was at least one anti-fascist march after this. But checking Twitter I found that they'd been delayed long enough that the BNP extended deadline had expired, and they couldn't do the march after all.

Flag parliament 3511

So, they Did Not Pass. Congrats to all antifascists and badgers! All pics here.

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got a bit bizarre by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 03:50:49 PM EST
Even Dave Barry noticed...

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Badgers are noted anti fascists by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 04:08:28 PM EST
As Bill Bailey said:
Hats off to the badger,
He is black and white,
But he doesn't fight,
Except for mating rights and territory

Awww, c'mon! by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #3 Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 09:06:59 PM EST
Their signs have heart-shaped Union Jacks! How can you march against love?

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

interesting thing about that badger video: by the mariner (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 07:54:08 PM EST
if you watch for about 43 minutes, a cuttlefish/squid type thing appears briefly at the end of one of the snake scenes.

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