I am writing this as a report on my visit to the protest march today.
I hope many of you have been following this thread;
British Army To March On London
Yes, it was a massive let down here in Plymouth...
But whose fault was it?
It's not so much the peoples fault or the fault of the troops.. I feel it was the medias lack of coverage which was most probably told to keep quiet
Why were the troops not here?
According to one person who came along this morning, it is because they all got sent up the line to London first thing this morning in order to
'secure' the Olympics.
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From the very little media coverage we did have (which was the day before) some people did manage to turn up.
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Plymouth, as many of you may know, is where the Pilgrim fathers sailed from, it has a massive military and naval presence and has done for a very long
time. Sir Francis Drake watched the Spanish armada crash onto the rocks here whilst Drake continued to play bowls...
This is the 1st and 2nd world war memorial. It is rather large with thousands of names on it.
Each one of the dark blocks you can see on the memorial look like this on close up inspection..
full of names;
When I arrived there was one other person there waiting.. This guy, bless him.. 79 yrs old. He has family in service now.
We chatted for a while and we were both wondering where everyone was..
At 10.45am there was still no sign of anyone until this guy and a TV crew turned up, shortly followed by a van full of police..
We waited... and waited.. discussing why were each were here and simply amazed at the disgusting lack of interest by anyone else..
Then, finally some others did turn up;
And then approximately another 6 people arrived..
I have to asmit that I was impressed by the amount of media reps that arrived.. one from a newspaper, two from TV, one from radio and a couple of
others from similar backgrounds.. Being outnumbered by the media was bizzare..
Of the people that were there, they were generally shocked as to how many people did not bother to come.
I really must apologise to each and every person in the forces who has suffered and will suffer at the hands of proposed cuts. The poor performance at
todays protest was unexcusable.
We held two minutes silence in respect of the fallen and released a bunch of balloons.
Various interviews were carried out by the respective media and we are hoping to see some coverage on tonights local news and in the papers
We then all marched (strolled) down to the council offices only to be greeted with one final slap in the face...this sign..
A big thank you to ALL that attended..
and a big "where the hell were you??" to all those that didn't make it..
If you're in the forces and were being shipped to London, you're forgiven
Anyone else.. shame on you..
I hope that you are all able to report on your days experience at any of the protests that also occurred around the country..
24-7-2012 by Extralien because: (no reason given)