On the 23rd of March, 2019, I had the privilege of going to the Put It To The People march in London, the reason of which was to campaign for the revoking of Article 50. For those of you who don’t know, Article 50 is a clause in the EU’s (European Union’s) treaty that outlines the process of leaving the EU. However, in this context, it means leaving the EU itself.
I will be walking you through my engaging and exciting day.
I got on my journey to the march at 11:35 am, as soon as I could because I had orchestra. My mother (who was going to the march with me) drove us to the Park and Ride in Oxford, and we got the Oxford Tube to London. At this point we knew we were going to be late, as we were meant to assemble at 12, and the bus takes approximately 1.25 hours. There were a fair few people who were wearing blue garments with stars with us on the bus, so at least we weren’t the only people who were late! Once we got off the bus, there was a 2 mile walk to get to the march, as the buses were unable to continue due to the backlog of the march.
Eventually, at about 1:30 pm, we joined in the march and the atmosphere was overwhelming. I usually don’t like being around lots of people, as it makes me anxious, but we were all going in the same direction, both literally and metaphorically, and this didn’t make me as anxious. There was a fair bit of chanting, the main chant being
One person: What do we want?
Surrounding people: The people’s vote!
One person: When do we want it?
Surrounding people: Now!
This was my first protest, especially on this scale, as over 1 million people were counted, and I plan to go to more similar ones. The feeling of unity among so many people was indescribable, but I shall try: Motivating, it lifted spirits, it gave me hope for the future.
I would definitely recommend going on a protest about something you feel passionate about as it will give you a view on what people are passionate about, as well as a feeling of unity with those around you. It may also be a way you make friends, or meet people you can work with towards the cause.
And on this note, I shall end this report.
Thank you for reading!