Saturday, January 30, 2010

Still Talking The Talk And Walking The Walk

Photo Courtesy of Times Online

Many of us get into a cause, pay it a lip service and then forget about it. Not Brian Haw, London's well known Iraq War  protester who made Parliament Square the permanent venue of his campaign. He continues to talk the  talk and walks the walk after more than eight years. I had the pleasure of getting acquainted with Brian while working with an international campaign organization in London some five years ago. He is very much principled and really dedicated in fighting for what he believes.

War is a big business. The greed of those in power and who profit out of it would  make sure it is sustained. They do not really have to do much. They only have to invoke the mantra of  peace and democracy  and  they have it made. Forget about the innocent lives that would continue to be lost in the process. They are simply collateral damage says the warlords and we agree. Why else is the war machinery so well  intact if we don't?  

Well, knowing Brian, he would continue making Parliament Square his home if it takes forever.

Brian's display  of some hundreds of  signs, banners, toys and photographs of horrifically maimed kids – was removed in 2006 by police. The above photo is a recreation of  of the protest display by Mark Wallinger which was displayed in Tate Britain in January 2007. The recreation artwork known as State Britain won for Wallinger  the Turner Prize in 2007. Below is the picture of the original display.

Photo Courtesy  Wikimedia Commons

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