There was a hellva lot of pomp and circumstance today in London as the Saudi royal family came to town. There was a procession along the Mall and the Campiagn Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) had organised a protest to give the Saudi royal family a welcome they deserve. Unfortunately, the security was tighter than Joan Rivers’ face and everything around The Mall was blocked. Snipers galore along with helicopters and squaddies wearing bear skins and more guns.
I came via St James’s Park only to be confronted with barriers that stopped me crossing the road to the protesters. The organiser later told me that Her Majesty’s Finest had promised to open up this public right of way but they chose not to. So, instead of being stuck in the middle I was stuck on the other side of the road with no way of crossing (this was an hour and 15 mins BEFORE the procession). Other protesters had turned up as well on the other side of the road as well.
I asked a cop clutching a Heckler and Koch whether they would let people across the road to be informed, “No, madam”… I proceeded to say that they were protecting a murderous, barbaric and oppressive bunch of individuals yet the general public aren’t allowed to exercise their right to cross the road. I kinda said no more as cop started to look twitchy holding a Heckler and Koch (hope the safety catch was on….) and we know all about trigger happy cops pumping bullets into unsuspecting innocent members of the public!
Anyway, they came, they saw and rode past. The House of Saud and the House of Windsor side by side. Happy as pigs in excrement. Unfortunately, as I was literally standing opposite the 100 + CAAT protesters who shouted, “Shame” etc. I felt a demonstrator of one. And monarchists and tourists eyed me with suspicion as I too yelled, “Shame”….
As fellow blogger, Marsha Jane, commented to me today, “You haven’t had much luck with demos in the past week have you love”? Tis true…..
Off I went to Portcullis House where around 15-20 protesters turned up and again Our Majesty’s Finest had given us our own pen to protest in. Bless ‘em and the word “cattle” didn’t enter my head once….
Channel 4 turned up to interview people and I have an awful suspicion that my mug will be on the 7pm news. Oh cripes! If you see a woman trying to juggle with a digital camera and a placard wearing demin and looking pissed off. That’s me…As a camera shy comrade I just hope they get my best side.
There’s another protest tomorrow outside the embassy.