Traffic in London's West End, From Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square, was thrown into confusion by thousands of 'March for Life' demonstrators, June 28.
Traffic in London's West End, From Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square, was thrown into confusion by thousands of 'March for Life' demonstrators, June 28. Banner-carrying, slogan-displaying Bohemian dressed youths and adults marched in a long winding column across London's pleasure-ground for a demonstration against H-Bombs, A-weapons and German re-armament.
Upwards of 20,000 people jammed Trafalgar Square as union leaders, political personalities, a famous Member of the Bar and singer Paul Robeson spoke out against nuclear weapons from the plinth of Nelson's Column, the now well-worn platform for protests and agitations.
Contingents from Scottish coal-mines, outer London industrial estates, West Country union groups and East Anglian pacifists, delegates from the Nuclear Disarmament Movement, the March of Life Youth movement, British Communist Party and curious by-standers stood in the Square as speaker after speaker declared that his or her friends, colleagues or fellow unionists deplored the present situation regarding nuclear weapons and German re-armament.
Hundreds of flags and banners fluttered in a faint breeze that drifted across Trafalgar Square. Most stunning 'prop' was a papier-mache effigy of a shrouded woman with the skeleton of her baby on her lap.
The procession and rally were orderly, and light relief was provided by American Negro singer Paul Robeson, lately returned from moscow, who sang 'Down by the Riverside I laid down my Sword and Shield' - an old negro spiritual with anti-war lyrics - and, by popular request, 'Ole Man River'.