Bristols' Biggest March in Living Memory?
Last night, beginning at 6pm, Bristol witness what I suspect was the largest political demonstration in living memory.
Last night, beginning at 6pm, Bristol witness what I suspect was the largest political
demonstration in living memory. An estimated 2 to 5 thousand people were on the streets
marching against the war and showing that the supposed 'national unity' the Labour spin machine
is trying so desperately to manufacture is a sham. The protests began in the centre outside the
hippodrome and moved off towards the M32. The numbers were so large that even when the head of
the column reached the edge of Broadmead, there were still people in the city centre waiting to
move off. The police attempted to hem in the march only to be repeatedly overwhelmed by numbers
as the crowds surged around them and beyond. The crowds completely surrounded the Bear-Pit road
junction and surged forwards. The police in 'keystone-cop mode' were constantly running back to
keep pace with the crowd and it was not long before dogs and the chopper were brought
And what a crowd; everyone from babies in pushchairs to office workers, people dressed up for a
night on the town to eco-hippies. All there to remind the powers-that-be that we have fulfilled
our democratic role by making their voices heard, but the politicians have reneged on theirs by
ignoring us. The manifestation of this sidelining of democracy was the shutting down of Bristol
city centre and the M32. Not that I expected democracy here, let alone in Iraq. We've been
burned too many time for that, we've seen the ugly side of the state too often to be fooled
again. The most dramatic thing about the whole affair was the potential; the crowds could have
taken the city if they had wanted. Next time maybe they will?
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