The event was well organised and grassroot non-party political groups were welcome, too.
rally and social event at the meadows
start of the demo, Waverly Station
Women's Samba Band at the start of demo
Banner of the Educational Institute
Scottish Green Party MSP Mark Ballard with his baby Adam
Edinburgh against the stock transfers opposes partial stock transfer, too
Industrial Workers of the World
suppose it is SSP leader and MSP Colin Fox in picture, too
Raphael Gironimi talks about the struggle against CPE in Paris and France
Elephants against nuclear power
stall of the Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Committee
wide range of infostalls
lots of entertainment for the kids
fun time on a saturday afternoon
speaker: Raphael Gironimi
The rally included Colin Fox, who I personally regarded as a more favourable and sympathetic speaker than Thommy Sheridan, although the lack of facts, theory, history and background research in his speech was as sad as the previous SSP party leader's.
The Workers Beer Company had a stall. There was also lots of entertainment for the kids on offer. Protest in Harmony and the Women's Samba Band entertained the crowd, most of whom enjoyed the sun and chilled out in the meadows or were catching up with friends and political allies. Other stalls included Scotland against Criminalising Communities, Stop the War, SSP, IWW, Friends of the Earth, Scottish Green Party, various book stalls, Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Campaign, Hands off Venezuela, and more.
Rose Gentle also addressed the rally.
However, Raphael Giromini, a student protester from Paris, France, delivered a well prepared, inspirational, factual and informative talk about the latest successfull student protests against the CPE and stressed the key to their success was the alliance with workers and self-organisation, as well as forcefull road blockades. He called for solidarity regarding the students and protesters still imprisoned because of their political activities during the strikes.
The Forest Arts and Events Space featured the film screenings of the Camcorder Guerillas videos "Dear Mrs Blair", "Dungavel, Monster of the Glen" as well as one of Pilton Video's films.