“WE WANT MORE NUKES”
An ongoing protest outside Westminster Abbey received a mixed reception as members of the royal house attended a service at the Abbey.
The already high police presence was increased prior to demonstrations and a “die-in” which commenced at 12pm.
Tourists and City workers stopped to take photographs, with one construction worker blazing “We want more nukes.”
Two separate demonstrations were organised. One demonstration condemned a service supposedly thanking the peace nuclear weapons had created. It consisted of vicars and clergymen and other supporters of the Anglican Church.
The second, which did not have affiliations to the church, encouraged disarmament and slated the government for their development of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). The die-in condemned the collateral damage caused to human life and the environment by previous governments.
Opponents of the protest returned with pro-nuclear weapon comments “Big up nuclear war, it’s exactly what we want.”
People from all walks of life attended the protest, with students, pensioners and young families, and even a few pets in attendance.
One protestor said “I want my children, and grandchildren and their children to have a world to grow up in.” She was physically and emotionally moved by the events unfolding.
Pointing to the Abbey, the pensioner said “I’m here because Weapons of Mass Destruction are absolutely immoral. “I don’t think they’ve (WMDs) ever been a deterrent.”
The protest had slowly been gaining momentum in the early afternoon with protesters aiming to maintain the “die-in” for as long as possible.
Photos and text by Zubair Karmalkar