Activism British Style

As a long time activist for Amnesty International, I’m no stranger to attending public events designed to draw attention to human rights. Whether it’s campaigning for a Turkish journalist imprisoned for writing an article critical of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, or campaigning for Argentinian women to be given the right to sexual and reproductive healthcare, I’ve done it all.

Last week I took to the streets of London in a march targeting the US President Donald Trump. Unlike some there, I didn’t want to see the visit postponed. Like it or not, he is the democratically elected leader of the USA. He has the right to come here, but so have I to demonstrate against everything he represents.

Some say activists are a special breed. We spend hours, days, months, and even years campaigning on something. It can be a frustrating exercise when there doesn’t seem to be any success in sight. That’s why a sense of humour and a thick skin helps.

These qualities were very much in evidence in the anti-Trump march, but with a British twist. The British sense of humour is often understated, cutting, and anarchic; often all at the same time. Take these as an example:

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