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Put People First G20 photos

March 28th, 2009 · post by Edd

Today about 30-40,000 people marched through London as part of the G20 Put People First march. There was a large ‘militant workers bloc’, which formed with over 600 people marching behind the banner ‘Direct action… against redundancies and repossessions’. Below are some photos of the march, and the bloc, as it wove its way from A to B! A fuller news story about the march is on Last Hours here.

The militant bloc marching off from Embankment
The militant bloc marching off from Embankment

The four horses of the apocalypse from G20 meltdown mass on Embankment
The four horses of the apocalypse from G20 meltdown mass on Embankment

The militant bloc from Waterloo Bridge
The militant bloc from Waterloo Bridge

A social wage now. Swop (sic) the drudgery of jobs for play, pleasure and leisure
A social wage now. Swap the drudgery of jobs for play, pleasure and leisure

G20 militant workers bloc outside Big Ben
G20 militant workers bloc outside Big Ben

Solidarity not a word, but a weapon
Solidarity not a word, but a weapon

Capitalism is the crisis placard outside Downing Street
Capitalism is the crisis placard outside Downing Street

Anarchists flow past Downing Street
Anarchists flow past Downing Street

'Welcome to pig city' - possibly the best placard I saw all day
‘Welcome to pig city’ – possibly the best placard I saw all day

G20 Apocalypse horses marching along Park Lane
G20 Apocalypse horses marching along Park Lane

The militant workers bloc marching along Piccadilly
The militant workers bloc marching along Piccadilly

The militant workers bloc just after the Ritz
The militant workers bloc just after the Ritz

Police splitting the G20 Put People First march in half at Hyde Park corner
Police splitting the G20 Put People First march in half at Hyde Park corner

'Bail out the homeless, not banks' - a banner at the back of the march
‘Bail out the homeless, not banks’ – a banner at the back of the march

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5 responses so far

  • Suzanne posted:
    Mar 29, 2009 at 8:41 pm. Comment #1

    Great photos, Edd! But.. uhmm… I’m not sure about English laws in this regard, but don’t you think you should maybe obscure people’s faces? It’s what we used to do on Indymedia Switzerland with photo reports – just to protect the people involved in this (albeit peaceful) demo from prosecution in a time when the police spends more time on the web than on the streets. Just curious..

  • Suzanne posted:
    Mar 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm. Comment #2

    Haha.. it just occurred to me that in a country that has more CCTV than any place else there’s probably (sadly) not much point obscuring faces.

    Anyway, just wanted to say that I really enjoy your posts these days – particularly the Capture The Flag piece. It was epic – wish I had known about the event earlier. Chapeau!

  • Tom Fiction posted:
    Mar 30, 2009 at 1:18 am. Comment #3

    With the FIT working hard to get as much information on us as possible, unless you are actively obscuring your identity (with a mask etc) having your picture published on LH is the last of your worries. See http://www.fitwatch.blogspot.com/

  • Edd posted:
    Mar 31, 2009 at 7:56 am. Comment #4

    Yeah, it’s an issue we’ve had long conversations about at Last Hours. Personally I think obscuring people’s faces makes them seem somehow less than human – it instantly makes someone an ‘other’. And I can see that it’s useful to do that in a riot situation where you need to protect someone’s identity to stop their arrest, but at just an a to b demo I think it’s okay not to blur them.

  • RS posted:
    Apr 1, 2009 at 10:41 am. Comment #5

    There are at least 3000 CCTV cameras that the police will be monitoring for the G20, and on Saturday people reckon at least 10 FIT were keeping tabs on the workers bloc..

    There were those who masked up, and that’s fine, personally (actually you can see me right next to the ‘pig city’ plackard) I chose to march with the workers bloc and not mask up, as I’m proud to stand up and be counted for my beliefs and it was, afterall, a peaceful demo (not that out personal escort of 3 riot vans gave that impression!)

    with the obscene level of CCTV coverage in London, anyone planning anything less than lawful needs to be very careful about masking and wearing non-identifying clothing or snaps like these will not be their only worry by a long way…

    good pics BTW :D