Saturday, 10 January 2009
Peaceful but passionate..
..that was what the BBC reporter said in the 8pm news. An estimated 20,000 people from all backgrounds, including Jews, Christians and Muslims (plus a jolly elderly Irish 'elf') and a handful of vocal celebrities and politicians in the likes of Annie Lennox, Eno, Lauren Booth (Cherie Blair's half-sister) and Ken Livingstone rallied for support on a stage to start the protest march against Israeli aggression in Gaza. The location : the aptly named Speaker's Corner in London's Marble Arch. I got off the Central Line train at Marble Arch a little after 1pm, and followed the crowd straight up to the rallying point with the help of stewards and the Metropolitan Police. It was -1C, grey and cold, and snow flakes began to fall..