Anti-war demo at Walthamstow Central

Martin Belam  by Martin Belam, 20 March 2003

My journey into work today was held up at Walthamstow Central at lunchtime by an anti-war demo of some 100 school children that paralysed the bus station.

It is the first positive thing I have seen to come out of this conflict. I can't describe how heartened I was to see people that age being politically engaged, and making their own banners, and thinking strategically about how to cause the maximum disruption with the minimum of resource. Respect to them.

And now I am at work, as I write another protest is heading from High Holborn down to Kingsway. The "powers that be" have really dropped the ball on public opinion about this war.

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