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The Anti-Cuts Protest In London – Part Three

April 2, 2011

Sunday: the day after the anti-cuts protest in London. The news reports and radio phone-ins had reached fever pitch regarding the small number of agitators who caused damage yesterday. The main, peaceful march had been all but forgotten. How depressingly predictable. I decided to go to central London and take some photos of the damage, now that things had calmed down. This is what I found in Piccadilly:

Santander bank damaged by protesters 26th March

Lloyds bank damaged by breakaway protesters 26th March

De Beers damaged by breakaway protesters 26th March

De Beers damaged by breakaway protesters on 26th March (close up)

Banner saying 'save the arts' on a lamp post in Piccadilly on 26th March

The Ritz damaged by breakaway protesters on 26th March

I then moved along to Trafalgar Square where I found our 2012 countdown clock. It had never looked better:

The Olympic 2012 clock damaged by breakaway protesters on 26th March

Some enterprising chap saw fit to climb up to one of the panels at the base of Nelson’s Column and place a placard. Looks rather good I think:

Placard placed at the base of Nelson's column by breakaway protesters on 26th March

Placard on base of Nelson's column by breakaway protesters on 26th March (close up)

Another monkey climbed up this statue and dressed it up.

Statue in bib and holding banners by breakaway protesters on 26th March

This final set was taken of the base of Nelson’s Column with the Landseer Lions. The graffiti is what you’d expect and it was sad to see the Lions messed up in that way, but what was more disturbing to me was how tourists, out-of towners and Londoners were behaving.

Nelson's column covered in graffiti by breakaway protesters on 26th March (1)

Nelson's column covered in graffiti by breakaway protesters on 26th March (2)

Nelson's column covered in graffiti by breakaway protesters on 26th March (3)

Landseer lion at Nelson's column with streak of red on the eye painted by breakaway protesters on 26th March

Landseer lion at Nelson's column covered in graffiti by breakaway protesters on 26th March

They just carried on taking their photos and messing around. It was like yesterday never happened. One woman with her friends and possibly her boyfriend/husband was near the dressed up statue. I overheard her saying: “I wanted to take a photo of that statue, but they’ve spoiled it.” If that was her only concern in the face of severe cuts, loss of jobs and services, potential homelessness and hikes in the cost of living, and she was representative of this country, then we’re screwed.

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2 comments

  1. Brilliant 3 parter with especially good pics. Well done for going back to see the aftermath.

    Poignant.


    • Thanks for that, sweet. What time do you call this? Can’t you sleep, or something? Go to bed!

      By the way, I had to take my name off your comment. I can’t have people knowing who I am, can I? I think I caught it in time!



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