(To watch the fully rally click HERE)
Police estimate 35,000 I think it was closer to 50,000, whatever it was thousands of protesters and a nearly a thousand anarchists came together not to protest war, but the very right of a government to put the concerns of wealth and privilege over those of the working people.
The media have called us animals, the word Anarchist rolls off the tongue of the journalist hack in unison with ‘scum’ and ‘degenerate’. They see us as thugs unable to think of a coherent anti capitalist ideology or as kids who only chant anarchist slogans when our parents remove the silver spoons from our jaws, parts of our own left think little better.
Saturday was our chance, not only to prove to ourselves that we can do more then small scale direct action but to stick two fingers up to the media that ignores the ideas of love and co-operation at the heart of anarchy and instead only shows our justified rage.
We embarrassed the pigs as well, they were itching for a fight to defend their ten million pound debt to the tax payer for policing us, we gave them nothing.
Instead of smashed skulls and pouring blood the only red seen was that of our flags crashing into a fresh breeze that saw the old flags dust beaten off and the gave the many new flags and banners a chance to breathe for the first time.
We marched in a bloc surround by police (though none dared to enter) over a thousand of us moved as one through the city together with Unionists, Marxists and Climate activists, until our block was split by the intrusion of cardboard horses and an annoying Samba band that forced the back half of the march to take on its snail like pace.
As our March finished Anarchists snubbed the repetitive speech’s of the Union leaders and SWP hacks to perform our own rally at speakers corner, the revolutionary tactic of an open mike was enacted where many seasoned and first time speakers gave timeless speech’s to an ever growing crowd.
In a desperate attempt to destroy our new found confidence the pigs attempted to intervene.
What can only be described as an agent provocateur walked up to our rally sporting a very nice mask, nothing unusual about a man in a mask amongst anarchists you say?, well there was on this day as most Anarch’s had taken down their hoods and loosened their neck wear to show their faces.
This hooded figure moved to the front of the crowd and dropped a black bag on the ground then skittered away. Some noticed that as this bag was planted a few Forward Intelligence Team Police began edging their way through the listening people. Inside the bag a large collection of powerful fishing catapults were found, quick thinking saw these chucked over a fence away from us, which was collected by a copper that didn’t even bother to check inside the bag. Cult film director, and friend to any Whitechapel Anarchist, Greg Hall voiced concerns to the crowd that the police were attempting to fit us up, and the rally should properly end.
Not happy at losing their chance to portray anarchists as violent thugs to the Sunday papers the pigs surround Greg Hall, moved him to away to a pack of police meat wagons and searched his persons (he describes the events at http://brokebutmakingfilms.blogspot.com). Luckily he made it away without any ‘evidence’ being planted on him.
March the 28th 2009, saw anarchists keep the peace despite the police provoking us and we tolerated the media slurs about our violent urges despite the anarchists not arriving in armored cars, carrying batons , shields, chemical spray, body armor or tazer’s.
We protested in peace, and held a lively rally free of confrontation.
But beware, as the summer of rage heats up, if our lives continue to worsen under the strain of providing an easy living to the ruling class and our outrage is not heard when we protest peacefully we will move on to more effective methods of resistance, and remember that there are only 3,500 met police with riot training, even at a shoddy protest we massively out number you.