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Demonstrations - Have you? Would you?

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Amagran Thu 17-Oct-19 09:07:48

Hello Everyone, with the upcoming People's Vote march on Saturday, I was wondering what causes have moved you to demonstrate in the past and what causes might move you to demonstrate in the future.

I have the greatest respect for anyone who is willing to stand up and do something for a cause they believe in: Leavers, Remainers, Climate change protesters, anti-frackers, etc. etc.

I confess, though, that I am a demonstration 'virgin'! I am joining the march on Saturday, going down to London on a march coach, but on my own. I would be very grateful for any advice and tips from more experienced demonstrators.

Camelotclub Fri 18-Oct-19 13:32:47

Just don't glue yourself to anything.

Amagran Fri 18-Oct-19 14:02:43

Very sound advice, Camelotclub! grin grin

Whitewavemark2 Fri 18-Oct-19 14:12:55

Someone else on the march.

at the #PeoplesVoteMarch tomorrow!

Join the hundreds of thousands of us coming together for one of the biggest and most important protests our country has ever seen - sign up now:

Amagran Fri 18-Oct-19 14:13:48

Fantastic GillT57 - see you there - I'll be the one in the EU beret grin! See you, too, SummerJ - unfortunately my OH is not really strong enough yet.

Thank you for your sound advice and encouragement notanan2 and Anthea1948.

Amagran Fri 18-Oct-19 14:16:24

That's great Whitewavemark2 - I like Sandi Toksvig. (Not a fan of the new GBBO though.)

Oopsminty Fri 18-Oct-19 14:18:12

Stay safe, Amagran!

I'm sure you'll have a great time.

Greciangirl Fri 18-Oct-19 15:10:42

I marched to Aldermaston in the sixties.

I then resumed campaigning and renewed my membership with CND in the eighties.

I don’t have quite as much enthusiasm now I’m older.

garnet25 Fri 18-Oct-19 15:36:57

Amagran thank you for marching, you certainly do so in my name. I was an Aldermaston marcher in my teens and have been on various local marches since. I am unable to march tomorrow but do my bit writing letters.

Chaitriona Fri 18-Oct-19 16:22:36

Thank you for marching. Things look very bad for our country. And worse for people in so many parts of the world right now. Like others here I was on the Aldermaston marches in the sixties, surrounded the base at Greenham Common, so many, many marches and demonstrations. For the last thirty years I have had ME and can’t walk or stand. But I demonstrate during ME week in my wheelchair. We lay out shoes to represent the millions who can’t come at all because they are bed bound and missing from life because of the illness and at some point many people lie down on the pavement. Marching demonstrations could be made more accessible for some people with disabilities, for example there could be a float for them. But it isn’t usually thought of. I believe Extinction rebellion bought a lot of equipment to help disabled people participate in their actions that was confiscated by the police, including people’s wheelchairs. It is easy to feel that all these demonstrations achieved nothing, that in my lifetime the things I believe in have been knocked back and knocked back. But I still feel people have to keep trying. Bear witness at least that there is another way. For your grandchildren as you say. Good luck. My blessings go with you.

Labaik Fri 18-Oct-19 16:27:22

Amagran; have pm'd you just on the off chance that we might be on the same coach!

Madmaggie Fri 18-Oct-19 16:27:32

I lived in NZ when the media there was full of the pros and cons of the All Blacks agreeing to play rugby in segregated stadia during a tour of South Africa. I lived in a very small town then and all the local Churches organised a silent march through the town to support the ending of apartheid & saying the all blacks shouldn't go. We marched in silence, we were mostly women. We'd to link arms and put the most vulnerable on the inside as we were attacked by rabble bussed in to scare us. We had glass light bulbs and crockery hurled at us, spat upon, violent threats, pushed & shoved it was very very scary but we kept our silence & finished our march supporting each other. We had dared to question the all blacks!! But I'm proud to have taken a stand as I had been to SA and spoken to people who had lived there. I would not have been able to break the law and damage property as some protesters in the capital did.

Labaik Fri 18-Oct-19 16:29:50

By the way, if no one feels like shouting on the march, a plastic bottle with a few coins in makes a great noise....

Labaik Fri 18-Oct-19 16:33:24

Oh and if you don't have an oystercard make sure you have a debit/credit card handy to pay for the tube....

eagleswings Fri 18-Oct-19 16:35:39

I'll be there Amagran, marching for our grandchildren's futures somewhere in the crowd. You are not alone. We shall overcome..!

Labaik Fri 18-Oct-19 16:37:14


Tinker18 Fri 18-Oct-19 16:51:47

Amagran I will be there tomorrow too, I wonder if we will see each other ? I've been on a few demonstations over the years and this is my 2nd People's Vote march. My advice, comfy shoes, go to the loo before you start, take plenty of food, water and coffee. And have fun, the atmosphere will be great and the placards hilarious!

Jaxie Fri 18-Oct-19 17:31:27

I Joined my daughter in London when she was a student on an anti- Poll Tax march. We ended up hanging over the barrier in Downing Street shouting " Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, OUT,OUT OUT. I felt it was an important demonstration.

annep1 Fri 18-Oct-19 18:35:57

I have supported antifracking in Co Antrim and also opposition to huge development of an oil tanker port in a lovely little seaside village on the Antrim Coast Road. I would also support an antiBrexit march if I can find one and anti abortion protests. (Not totally of course and nothing to do with religion)

Amagran Fri 18-Oct-19 18:50:24

Your messages of support and solidarity and your experiences are coming in so fast I can scarcely keep up with them! Thank you so much to everyone for taking the time to post and make me feel part of something worthwhile.

GillT57 Fri 18-Oct-19 19:38:52

Maybe we should have a secret GN signal or something so we can identify fellow travellers? grin

notanan2 Fri 18-Oct-19 19:46:13

There's a MN scarf and a MN haircut

GN could have one, what would it be

grannyactivist Fri 18-Oct-19 19:46:29

Amagran I expect you will have a very enjoyable day as this particular cause is one that attracts people from all walks of life and is actually a very good natured demonstration. I cannot be there because of being poorly at the moment so it will be the first march that The Wonderful Man has been on without me - he's joining the 'Devon for Europe' group and travelling on one of their coaches. Probably he'll be wrapped in an EU flag.

The majority of marches I have been on have been peaceful, but one in particular turned ugly and as I was with my then 16 year old daughter at the time it was very scary.

kazziecookie Fri 18-Oct-19 19:51:54

As a WASPI woman I have been on 3 demonstrations in the last couple of years. 2 in London and 1 in Birmingham. We stopped the traffic in London by sitting in the road and it made Fiona Bruce late for the news but on all 3 occasions they has hardly mentioned it in the media.

Nanna58 Fri 18-Oct-19 19:56:26

Yes, demonstrated when DD’s primary school was relocated next to a refuse depot. Got hauled off to local nick for barricading the road, a bit embarrassing as my husband was Inspector st that station at the time-made for some frosty moments! ???

Amagran Fri 18-Oct-19 19:56:50

GillT57, if I have time later, I might do a modest placard with 'Grans for Europe' on it. grin