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London, UK

London, UK

Several of us traveled down from Bristol. We had dodgy homemade posters. They had to be dodgy; they represented the evidence gathered to convince us of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. On my poster, pens were stuck on showing the mass stocks of weapons; aspirin were the chemical weapons alluded to and a propaganda machine would provide contortion of Saddam Hussain’s face, merging to ever greater degrees with Osama Bin Ladin’s: other protesters could give it a whirl and discover the degree to which the identities had merged at that moment in time: for example, the read out might be, the threat we are facing is from “Saddam o Ladin” or “Osamma bin Hussein”. Some other protesters played along too! They seemed to appreciate the effort that had gone into our improvisations. There were hundreds of other home-made posters, some much wittier than ours. Another that can’t go unmentioned, that also came on the coach from Bristol, and beautifully painted, was Noddy (Tony Blair) and Big Ears (George Bush)! In front of Big Ears was a rather fallic looking missile. The slogan read, “Noddy swallows the things that other political leaders won’t”. The closeness of the 2 leaders was taken to the comically obscene, to make the point that other posters demonstrated showing Blair as Bush’s poodle! It was a greatly inspiring day and it also connected me to wider issues affecting the Muslim world. A large contingent went with posters making the point that Palestine was still the central issue that needed resolving. Then came the depressing moment when parliament backed the war, despite 121 Labour MPs breaking the 3 line whip; well, Blair had most of the Tories on his side, but it still felt undemocratic after such a show of opposition on the streets!