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On Saturday 26th February…
…In Birmingham City Centre, we witnessed another Anti-Cuts Protest March against the government and local Birmingham City Council, the largest council in the UK.
I previously covered an earlier rally (Here) that took place in October 2010 during the Conservative Party Conference here in the city centre. That march reportedly numbered about 6000-7000 people, probably ten times the size of this latest gathering on a wet February afternoon.
The crowd gathered in St Philips Square for 12 noon, heard several speeches, and then marched for about thirty minutes around the city centre, peacefully protesting, banners waving, to reconvene back at St Philips Square for the final speeches.
Mrs ND and I, along with many other photographers, were there for the whole event, and here are some of the pictures that I took. All pictures were shot with a Nikon D700 and the Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6G VR AF-S, and post-processed in Apple’s Aperture 3 on an iMac. My resolve to look more seriously at purchasing a Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8 VRII for such occasions has grown!
Here are some of my images:
I want to end on John…
…John is a great character and we spoke for about 10-15 minutes. He’s been around the block a few times, and was a fun and very interesting guy to chat to. In amongst the many things of interest he had to say he did point out that the protesters and those others that they protested for had it lucky, because there was a time, not that many decades ago, when there was no welfare state to fall back on, where it was harder to get jobs just as a general course of life, that we individually and collectively have never been so well off on the whole. Some people struggle in sheltered housing with provided amenities at what we may consider a base level for humane living today, but people have lived much worse than this for sizeable chunks of the previous century let alone before.
I would like to add to that as well that on this day of peaceful protest in an otherwise rich democracy, the news was reporting the death total during the protests in Libya had passed 1000.
I think we are very lucky really.