London, United Kingdom
I marched alongside Pensioners, Students, Off duty Police officers, Lawyers, Unemployed and even members of the Armed Forces. It was the most passionate and amazing day of my life. I felt like we couldn’t be ignored and that it was the start of a change. I was broken when that didn’t happen. I remember getting the bus back to Derby on the evening and arriving to see BBC news reporting from the demonstration. They said that there wasn’t a large turn out and that it was unlikely to change the Government’s mind. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, they were showing shots of the crowd and pretending like that was it, when a lot of us were already home! I remember my stomach falling through the floor when I realised for the first time ever that the mainstream media where not the voice of the people. It was a hard lesson to learn at 22 after what felt like a day of revolution.