November 2003: Coverage of the visit of US President Bush to London.
See also UK Indymedia - Bush 2003
George W Bush and his 700 hangers on have now arrived in the UK for his state visit. Last Saturday saw a 1,000-strong demonstration in Sheffield City Centre and now he's here Sheffield folks are keeping up the pressure.
The major focus of the day's action was in London. This does not mean however that people in South Yorkshire for the day were no less furious at Bush's visit. In Sheffield, Sheffield Stop the War Coalition called for a demonstration aginst the visit outside the Town Hall and were joined by over 100 students. The group processed along Pinstone Street chanting and expressed their anger at Furnival Gate by a sitdown causing traffic disruption.
In Barnsley a 'straw man' Bush statue was toppled from an empty plinth, mirroring the toppling of the Saddam statue in Bagdhad on 09 April 2003. A fuller report of South Yorkshire actions has been posted.
No Sheffield reports of London actions as yet. But much can be gleaned from the main UK site. It is known that samba players were involved in the slow procession down Oxford Street 'escorted' by the Metropolitan Police. This part of the day's events were reported in the 19:10-21:55 section of the London timeline. Photos and videos have come in from elsewhere of this part of the day's activities.
Main UK report Stop Bu$h - National Demonstration.
At 1100 in Trafalgar Square, the proposed assembly of school students was described in Government crushes school student dissent?.
However Trafalgar Square didn't just contain a few school students. Other folks were up for a little creative disobedience. The fountains reminded passers by of the blood on Bush and Blair's hands.
By mid-afternoon, many protesters were getting a little peckish, so tea and cake seemed to be a great idea. Where better to have a tea party than Buckingham Palace? Lizzie and Dubya didn't seem to be in a very welcoming mood though [report & pictures].
Meanwhile, the sambistas were having a roaming street party. Starting at ULU on Gower Street, the party also disrupted traffic on Tottenham Court Road and Shaftesbury Avenue, before arriving at Trafalgar Square for the end of the women's action. This action was massively over-policed, one passing Londoner "was astonished how small the demo was after seeing the massive entourage of cops and vans".
Main UK report Resist Bush! Day of Civil Disobedience.
A group of Sheffielders attended the 3,000-strong Burning Planet March, organized by Campaign Against Climate Change which left Lincoln's Inn Fields at about 1930, ultimate destination: the American Embassy via Esso/Exxon HQ at Aldwych. The Samba Band joined forces with London's Rhythms of Resistance.
[report | report and pictures]
Main UK report Bush Arrives As Protests Increase.
Burning Planet March [Tue] [1</> | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8]
School students assemble [Wed] [1 | 2]
Trafalgar Square redecorated [Wed] [1 | 2 | 3]
Tea party on The Mall & at Buckingham Palace [Wed] [1 | 2 | 3 | 4]
Sit down action outside the Palace [Wed] [1 | 2 | 3]
Sambista roaming street party [Wed] [1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5]
Sheffield protest [Thu] 
Samba cordon down Oxford Street [Thu] [1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14]
Placards, banners, graffiti and body art [1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21]
Malet Street postcard sellers [1 | 2]
Samba Band Bush gallery
On Saturday afternoon, up to 1,000 people gathered for a demonstration in Sheffield City Centre to say 'No!' to George W Bush's impending state visit to the UK. The demonstration took the form of a 'traditional style' march around the streets. Sheffield Samba Band were in attendance, who provided a musical backdrop to leafletting.
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Samba Party blasts through London's Streets
24-11-2003 02:06 | 9 comments
RESIST BUSH - APPEAL FOR WITNESSES
Messages to Bush pt2
22-11-2003 22:33 | 3 comments
Messages to Bush pt1
22-11-2003 21:43 | 4 comments
a samba day out resisting bush on 20th november
22-11-2003 19:41 | 1 comment
a samba day out resisting bush 19th november
VIDEO n PICs SAMBA DEMO After main BUSH march
Pics from Oxford Street - Anti-Bush Samba - thurs evening
21-11-2003 12:21 | 3 comments
A word in your ear Mr President...
Palace brigade stopped by sit down
20-11-2003 10:43 | 1 comment
Civil diobedience scenes yesterday.
20-11-2003 10:32 | 3 comments
Street Party Mayhem
20-11-2003 01:43 | 1 comment
No Afraid to Say We Told You So - a view from the States
19-11-2003 15:32 | 7 comments
Burning Planet demo report & pics
19-11-2003 01:05 | 4 comments
Burning Planet March report
18-11-2003 22:19 | 8 comments
Cartoon for ScrapBush Women Collective from Latuff
Police tried to follow me home
17-11-2003 22:55 | 2 comments
Sheffiedl Anti Bush demo pics
17-11-2003 19:51 | 1 comment
Sheffield Anti bush demo & analysis
16-11-2003 21:17 | 10 comments
Anti-war pupils to face crackdown
16-11-2003 21:13 | 7 comments
What is the point of marching?
16-11-2003 12:51 | 5 comments
Sheffield Against Bush March
15-11-2003 23:43 | 2 comments
Sheffield Shoppers encouraged to go on a Bush Hunt
15-11-2003 18:46 | 3 comments
Michael Moore video
15-11-2003 15:35 | 3 comments
Bush Up North
14-11-2003 19:06 | 1 comment
A REPLY TO GEORGE BUSH
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13-11-2003 22:10 | 1 comment
Stop Bush! Upcoming demos.
10-11-2003 01:49 | 2 comments
WP: Stop Bush meeting
Public Meeting: STOP BUSH!
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London Bush Event cancelled
20-10-2003 12:33 | 9 comments