It was a busy week for protests around the world. This is a snapshot of protests in India, Lebanon, California, Shanghai, Toronto, Sofia, Paris, Frankfurt, and London. The UK has the situation in hand with a recruitment drive for new police amidst total economic devastation of most other jobs.
Having witnessed from the streets both yesterday's protest, and the 7/7 London bombings, it's fairly clear there were exponentially more sirens, vans and boots on the ground (in Stormtrooper formations) at a this peaceful anti-lockdown protest than at the London bombings.*
This peaceful market town turned violent when the police showed up to incriminate citizens opposed to government policy on lockdowns.
Tens of thousands of Parisians confronted riot police, and an estimated 130,000 people marched across France protesting against new legislation, making it an offence to show the face of any on-duty police officer in photography or video.
A relaxed crowd of Canadians marched in downtown Toronto, largely unburdened by police intimidation.
Protests in Toronto continued at the Provincial Premier, Doug Ford’s home - where supporters of a restaurant defying a ban on indoor dining gathered.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Protesters rally against curfew in California. The lack of police in this video is a result of every Sheriff in the Los Angeles area deciding they would not enforce Governor Newsom’s curfew order.
Thousands of Indian farmers defied police as they marched to Delhi, in protest against new farm laws which they fear will leave them vulnerable to large corporations. The President of Swaraj India, a political party of accountability, was detained for violating pandemic laws. He marched with the farmers and said “When the Government rallies, when we have an election, there is no pandemic. When the farmers march, there is a pandemic. It must be a very strange disease.”
Thousands of people trapped at Shanghai International airport swarmed in a bid for freedom to escape mass testing and mandatory 14 day quarantines, after 2 workers at the airport ‘tested positive for the virus'.
Demonstrators in vehicles and on foot defy lockdown to protest their lack of true independence, marking Lebanon’s Independence Day.
The Bulgarian government announced a new lockdown in which schools, gyms and restaurants will be closed until December 21. Protestors chanted, 'The system is killing us. We have the human right of work!’
The owner of this bar and restaurant has staged a ‘panda-mic’ protest against lockdown measures to run 24/7 while his restaurant is closed.
*After hearing the Windows on the World episode 'Terror Kills Covid', broadcast 29/11/2020, we would like to clarify the point that the Police and Territorial Support Group (TSG) had a huge and disproportionate presence on the day. It is not a cloaked reference to an impending event.