at first, we are an amusing sideshow...
...but then we make a racket, exposing their racket
our very neat banner unsettles potential recruits
indoctrination starts horribly young
Not surprisingly, the army folks weren't too happy about our demo, and were quite aggressive towards us. Could have been worse though, we could all have been in Iraq. Or Iran.
The police were called after about half an hour, and had clearly decided to try the 'good cop' routine, so they made no attempt to seize our material or stop the protest. After consulting with people from the recruitment centre, they asked why I was taking photos. I replied that I was taking photos because I wanted to, and that it wasn't against the law. The female cop then asked nicely (really!) if I would mind not taking photos of the recruitment staff, before going on their merry way.
It wasn't a perfect action, and there were many lessons learned for next time. But it was clear at our 'debrief' we all thought it had been worth it, and that it might just have been the start of something big.
Wars won't be stopped by petitions, marches or 'left' politicians. We need to organise in our streets and our workplaces. We also need to make the link between capitalism's demand for oil profits abroad and attacks on living standards at home.
So what are YOU going to do in the fight against war?
The Liverpool Daily Post's coverage can be viewed at: http://tinyurl.com/2jlhmj