I was in doubt if I should post this here. I don’t want to be a political blog but a travel blog but this political event can have a huge influence on my expat live in the UK. For more explanation about why this event was hold, go here, and for news coverage you can find it here. I will give you more a report about how the day looked like for me.
At 11, I gathered at Park Lane in front of the Hilton Hotel. Already a lot of huge people gathered around this little square. I didn’t have any protest material with me so my first task was to find something. This wasn’t that difficult. Quite soon I gathered a button and a little flag saying I am not a bargaining chip and a sticker (that I lost almost immediately) saying I love refugees. It was quite clear that this whole day would be about love and unity. People are so friendly and so happy to be together.
At 11:30 the crowd finally start moving. The crowd was huge, I have no idea about the numbers but wherever I looked I saw people with European flags. All the way from Hyde Park to Piccadilly circus you could only see people that were walking to Parliament Square. There were even still people coming out of the parking lot. I was walking next to a little girl, she has a European father and she is afraid that her father has to go back to his country when Brexit is triggered. That is basically the situation that every European is in. Not sure if we can stay or not.
The walk to Parliament Square went brilliantly. The weather was amazing, sunny and hot. I was walking with a steel drum group that kept us energetic and kept us dancing as well. People were happy and there were no problems at all. Parliament Square was even too full in the end and couldn’t host everyone. Luckily I made it in the end on the square and could listen to some of the politicians. I highly doubt if anything will change but you have to believe that in the end humanity will win.
On my way back from Parliament Square I discovered a nice bunch of people dancing on the street. Someone brought during the March a sound system on his bike. The DJ was amazing and everyone was so happy to dance their sorrows away. All dancing in the sun we enjoyed this moment of today. A day that unite us all.
However we could’t stay for long because the police wanted to get us away. The good thing was they proposed an alternative place. So in the end we walked with our own parade from Parliament to Trafalgar Square. This became our new hot spot. Tourists were taking pictures of us and human statues were joining us for dancing. A good way to finish your day with dancing, happiness and love. It’s nice to say all those nationalities that unite with each other.