Michael Laing (rock_dinosaur) wrote,
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Anti-war demonstration

Photos taken during the huge demonstration in Edinburgh against the Iraq War on 22nd March, 2003; one of many around the UK on that date.


Anti-war demonstrator in Parliament Square, Edinburgh, 22nd March, 2003.


A mass die-in took place in the Lawnmarket in Edinburgh at 1pm on 22nd March, 2003. The 'Labour against war' placard seems rather ironic in view of the fact that it was indeed the Labour Party that brought about the war.


Following the die-in, the March proceeded up Castlehill towards Edinburgh Castle. 22nd March, 2003.


At Castlehill, Edinburgh, the march stretches down the Royal Mile into the distance. 22nd March, 2003.


The Anti-Iraq War demonstration proceeds up Castlehill towards Edinburgh Castle. 22nd March, 2003.


Anti-Iraq War demonstration coming down The Mound, Edinburgh. 22nd March, 2003.


Anti-Iraq War demonstration heading towards the foot of The Mound, Edinburgh. 22nd March, 2003.


The demonstration proceeding down The Mound, Edinburgh. 22nd March, 2003.


At the foot of The Mound, marchers were still coming down Ramsay Lane and Mound Place in the distance. Edinburgh. 22nd March, 2003.


Amongst the crowd at the foot of The Mound, Edinburgh. 22nd March, 2003.


The demonstration then made its way along Princes Street , Edinburgh, and a sit-down protest was staged at the top of Leith Street. 22nd March, 2003.


Looking back towards Princes Street, Edinburgh, as the demonstration proceeds along Waterloo Place. 22nd March, 2003.


The demonstration proceeding towards the US consulate at Regent Terrace, Edinburgh, with Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags in the distance. 22nd March, 2003.


As I wrote at the time, "In the words of Joey Ramone (RIP), we'll be 'Glad to see you go, go, go, go, goodbye!'" 22nd March, 2003.


As the demonstration proceeded back along Princes Street, Edinburgh, this drummer provided a marching beat with his mobile kit, mounted on a supermarket trolley! 22nd March, 2003.


As the demonstration proceeded back along Princes Street, Edinburgh, this drummer provided a marching beat with his mobile kit, mounted on a supermarket trolley! 22nd March, 2003.


Another sit-down protest at the west end of Princes Street, Edinburgh, during the anti-Iraq War demonstration. 22nd March, 2003.


This lady wore a gas mask and made lots of noise with an old tannoy horn, Princes Street, Edinburgh. 22nd March, 2003.


Mick Napier of the Stop The War Coalition speaking outside the First Minister's residence in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, 22nd March, 2003. At this point, some trouble broke out between protestors arriving in Charlotte Square and the police. I didn't see what happened, but it was hard to see what justification the police might have had to arrest anyone on such a peaceful demonstration. I suspect the intention was to show the crowd who's boss or to divide and disperse the demonstration, but it resulted in the mood becoming angry, and the demonstration continuing and streets being blocked in support of those who had been arrested. Nowadays, such a demonstration would no doubt be subject to 'kettling' or other similarly heavy-handed, provocative and indiscriminate police tactics.


Demonstrators outside the First Minister's residence in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, being addressed by Mick Napier of the Stop The War Coalition, 22nd March, 2003.


The anti-Iraq War demonstration in Hope Street, Edinburgh, proceeding back towards Princes Street. 22nd March, 2003.


Sit-down protest at the junction of Princes Street, Lothian Road and Shandwick Place, Edinburgh. This continued for several hours while we awaited the release of the arrested demonstrators. 22nd March, 2003.


At around 6pm the remaining marchers proceeded to St. Leonards police station. Sometime after 8pm we were finally informed that the arrested demonstrators would not be released until the following Monday. There was no more that a peaceful demonstration could achieve, and it was time to call it a day. 22nd March, 2003.


Nathan and Vio outside St. Leonards police station following the anti-Iraq War demonstration in Edinburgh. 22nd March, 2003.
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