my london diary

april 2001

april saw me out of London for some time.

the main event for me while I was there was the attempt by the National Front to march through Bermondsey.

around 30-40 front members from around the country turned up and were faced by several hundred demonstrators from around London, mainly from Southwark itself, who were opposed to the march.

both sides were outnumbered by the police, who managed to corral most of the demonstrators where the march was supposed to start before escorting the front members out a back entrance to South Bermondsey station to start their march.

police held a tight double line around the small group of marchers. At one place I managed to get inside the cordon and take a few pictures, and the police were very reluctant to let me leave.

small groups of locals around the pubs and on the balconies of some of the large blocks of flats waved union flags and applauded the marchers, and a few locals joined in.

There were also banners calling for racial tolerance in some flats and a number of demonstrators with banners around the route.

the police led the march at a fast pace, but did allow it to stop for a short photo-call - still tightly hemmed in by a double row of officiers.

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national front marchers, Bermondsey, April 2001


counter-demonstration


one of the thinner lines of police more pictures


By the Thames

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