There was a strong protest in Liverpool against Trump’s immigration executive order. The Guardian can sum it up better than I can. I’m totally against it. You can’t ban people out of fear, especially not the US which was built on immigration. I was really proud that Liverpool got a protest sorted in less than 24hrs. I was most proud about the diversity and energy in the crowd. People in wheelchairs laughing with friends. Kids, teens, adults, OAPs from a whole range of backgrounds. Comedy signs and poignant signs. Good show Liverpool. Read More
On Sunday various officials from Liverpool Council and the opposition came together to rally against government cuts. It was a mostly peaceful protest but some people did get heated up by some of the speakers.
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After much thought I decided to publish the photos from the protest. You can see them on my personal blog.
I don’t think I’ve seen a bigger protest since the Condi Rice protests in 2006. Loads of police, horses and police dogs. The protest randomly took time out for sit-ins outside Lime St, Town Hall and Berry St. They also played a game of cat and mouse with the police around Liverpool One finally ending outside Chocolate Cellar on Hanover Street. Why? The Conservatives used to work in the office above Chocolate Cellar. There was a big ‘For Sale’ sign outside it and from my perspective it looked like a waste of time. Actually it looked more like they were protesting against chocolate as most of the eggs hit the shop not the office above.
I spent 3hrs covering the event taking 10gb (658) of photos arriving with a set of around 25 that I really liked. (Thank god for digital eh). I make it a point to photograph protests but I don’t publish them now. There’s one simple reason for that. A few months ago I found my photos being used on a nasty website possibly linked with a very right wing group of people. They were using mine and friends of mines photos to list people to target in protests. Not something I want to help by putting out more photos of people protesting. So it always leaves me torn. I shouldn’t let these people win by essentially censoring me from showing what goes on in the world, but at the same time I don’t want to do their dirty work for them. I’m a bit lost really.