Steve Eason looks back over his photographs of the movements on the streets in 2018, from the anniversary of the Grenfell fire to the Extinction Rebellion bridge occupations.
The People’s Vote
This year London saw one of the biggest marches in its recent history: over half a million The People’s Vote demonstration. It was not so much ignored as dismissed by many of my lefty friends.
I never expected to be on a mass demo led by Chuka Umunna and Anna Soubry…
Meanwhile, on the left bloc:
Confronting the far right
Many of us were shocked by a very large demonstration called on 9 June to bring together kippers, the alt-right, Islamophobes and assorted bigots. Dangerous times.
There was also a big turn-out of Tommy Robinson supporters at the Old Bailey on 27 September.
But there have also been new ways of organising against the right. Feminists led a counter-protest that disrupted a DFLA march on 13 October.
Feminists Against Fascism counter-protesting Tommy Robinson’s Brexit rally on 9 December:
Defend our NHS, stand up for migrants
A protest for the NHS anniversary brought lots of us together.
So did demonstrations Against Trump:
In solidarity with the Windrush generation – one of the most distinctive banners of 2018:
In solidarity with the Stansted 15, convicted for defending migrants:
The Labour Party
I’ve been impressed by the numbers of Labour Party banners seen on demonstrations, including antifascist counter-demonstrations.
Members of the Shadow Cabinet have marched with demonstrators, including John McDonnell – “The Lion that struggles to roar”.
Jeremy Corbyn has addressed numerous demonstrations:
University workers braved the snow during the pensions dispute:
Activists from the TGI Fridays Fair Pay campaign joined the TUC march.
We’ve seen lively Climate Change protests, not least by a new movement called Extinction Rebellion.
Whatever your movement, good luck in the New Year.
All photographs by Steve Eason.