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Inauguration Day

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Trafalgar Square, 20/1/2017

Four years ago, on 20 Jan 2017, London was protesting against another inauguration, that of Donald Trump. Commenting on those protesting outside the US Embassy – still then in Grosvenor Square I wrote:

All were appalled at the thought of a president who is a climate change denier, has a long history of racist and Islamophobic outbursts, has boasted of sexually assaulting women and has downplayed the severity of sexual violence.

Crowds protest Trump’s Inauguration

The four years that followed have confirmed most of our worst fears and in some ways gone further than we imagined, for example with disastrous polices in the Middle East and in particular over Israel and Palestine.

There will not be significant protests in London today, and even if police were not enforcing Covid restrictions particularly rigorously against protests I don’t think there would have been. We may not have any particularly high hopes for Biden and Harris, but at least they are almost certain to be better than Trump.

At least the US seems certain to re-engage with climate change – although probably still intent on keeping the US as the world’s largest polluter and allowing US companies to plunder the world for resources. And though it’s good to have a slightly saner finger close to that nuclear button it seems unlikely that the US will stop supporting corrupt fiefdoms in the Middle East and elsewhere and desist from supporting coups against popular governments that attempt to regain control over their own resources in South America and elsewhere.

Though I do hope for some positive surprises in the first hundred days, and there have certainly been rumours of some. Perhaps we will see the cancellation of some of the more environmentally damaging projects given the go-ahead by Trump. Almost certainly there will be fewer racist rants and tweets and there could even be some real progress on civil rights.

But while we may have some hopes for the United States of America, the future for our United Kingdom remains depressing. Suffering under the burden of Brexit and Covid, with a government that continually proves itself both corrupt and inept and an opposition which is ineffectual and sycophantic – and currently outclassed, outgunned and outplayed by a young footballer.

And that ‘United’ is less and less than ever appropriate; Brexit divided the country, and most of us now realise it was a terrible mistake – even increasingly more of the 34% who voted for it. It has created a border between the mainland and Northern Ireland and exacerbated the gap between England and Scotland. Even Wales seems more distant, though it has protected our relationships with those tax havens that make us possibly the most corrupt country in the world.

There is one small glimmer of hope, apart from the vaccinations that may just eventually allow us to gain some accommodation if not exactly control over Covid. Last Sunday saw the inauguration of the Project for Peace and Justice, founded by Jeremy Corbyn, an international campaign which describes itself as “a hub for discussion and action, building solidarity and hope for a more decent world.”

F**k Trump
Crowds protest Trump’s Inauguration

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

Although I’ve photographed many politicians, most of them have been from opposition parties, and I’ve tried to ignore and avoid those whose views I disagree with. There have been a few exceptions – and I think I have at least once photographed people like David Cameron, Boris Johnson, and people on the more extreme right like Nigel Farage, Nick Griffin et al.

There are politicians I’ve liked, and examples that spring to mind include Tony Benn, John McDonnell and of course Jeremy Corbyn, though I’m certainly not going to burst into song over him. But I have met and listened to him speaking and occasionally talked with him over the years and have always been positively impressed.

The only problem I have with Corbyn is that he belongs to a party which also includes many MPs and staff who support colonialist and capitalist policies which favour the rich and wealthy in our world over the interests of the poor both in this country and overseas, and schemed against him both when he was leader. He is perhaps unfortunately not a politician, but an honest and sincere man – and one who has fought against injustice and racism in all its manifestations.

But back to Trump. Although I’ve never really had the opportunity to photograph him, if I put his name into the search box on ‘My London Diary’ it comes up with 30 results – pages of protests or protesters against him. And although I don’t know when we will find out the results of today’s US elections – probably not for some days or even weeks – I shall be rather sorry and rather worried if it results in a Trump victory. Not that I will be that pleased if Biden wins. It’s a choice between a major and a minor disaster for the world; the only possible positive result would be an overwhelming write-in vote for “neither of the above”. Though of course such a democratic decision would be surely ignored.

Anyway, here on election day, a few images of ‘Trump’ for you from the protests against his visit to London in July 2018. I’ve chosen only those that represent him visually, but there are many others of protesters with banners and placards about him in the links at the bottom of the post.

July 2018 protests against Trump’s UK visit:

US Embassy protest says NO to Trump
Noise protest against Trump
‘Trump: Climate Genocide’ Giant banner
‘Bring The Noise’ Women march against Trump
Soho parties to protest Trump’s visit
Massive protest against Trump’s Visit
Against Tommy Robinson & Trump

All photographs on this and my other sites, unless otherwise stated, are taken by and copyright of Peter Marshall, and are available for reproduction or can be bought as prints.