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Submitted by John Bryn Jones (not verified) on Sat, 01/02/2020 - 11:10

During the last big anti-Brexit demo. in London with hundreds of thousands on the streets, a union-jack waving Brexiteer with a motley group of supporters stood outside the pub. close to Trafalgar Square (Londoners will know which one). He was clearly baiting the numbers of protesters returning from Parliament Square (and those still on their way!) One or two individuals approached them--one elderly man, one woman and tried to talk to them. Several police offers looked on including police liaison officers. An (apparently) serving soldier approached them but was ushered away by the police with his riposte to the Brexiteers "You don't represent me!" Of the hundreds that past me in the time I watched this provocation, hardly any raised their heads--prefering (assumedly) to ignore this potentially political confrontation. If I had had a couple of miners or anti-poll tax protesters with me I would have made some sort of physical intervention. I certainly cannot trust the police, having been arrested only 17 months ago for handing out leaflets critical of Univesal Credit near where I live while some comrades looked on! For a while I contented myself with another onlooker in observing what was going on and then left. Social Democrats should be our allies and not prefer to walk by on the other side when feeling the heat of real political debate!

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