That Yoko Ono - she certainly does things in style. As tens of thousands of demonstrators made their way through central London today in a show of solidarity with Ukraine, at Piccadilly Circus they passed a big billboard put up by Yoko Ono.
And the message bore an echo of John Lennon's peace anthem. You know, the one that goes:
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one
It was a big demo - tens of thousands, and not a Socialist Worker seller (or poster) in sight.
Quite a lot of those marching were Ukrainian or from Eastern Europe, but the larger part were well-wishers and people appalled by the brutal slaughter of civilians.
The demo ended at Tragalgar Square - and of course the weather helped keep the mood buoyant
As always, the homemade posters were a large part of the protest:
And big thanks to the Metropolitan Police for doing up their cars in Ukraine's colours specially for the protest - ha, ha, ha, ha!
At Bath over the weekend, we chanced across a lively demonstration in support of Ukraine and against Putin's war. It assembled in the shadow of Bath Abbey. What a marvellous location for a protest!
The video was filmed from just over the wall in the Roman Baths. How's that for a site with a touch of aggressive imperialism to it.
There were perhaps 500 people present - including a few CND veterans. Some had a connection to Ukraine; most were simply alarmed and appalled by the vicious violence Russia has unleashed on a neighbouring country and the wider threat to peace that comes with it.
The slogans on the home-made placards weren't always sophisticated - but you got the message!
An uplifting moment - towards the end of the rally, the crowd sang "We Shall Overcome", the anthem so closely associated with the civil rights movement in the United States, and then adopted by civil rights campaigners in Northern Ireland and by the peace movement.
It was a nice touch.
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