South Africans congregated in London today, in an attempt to create awareness regarding the crime in SA, and the state things are in at the moment. The march started just a little after 11:00 at Piccadilly Circus in central London today, the 15th of May 2010. It was an hour-long static march that ended at the South African Embassy’s doorstep.
Everyone was wearing read t-shirts which symbolized the innocent blood that has and is being spilt in South Africa. The colour in itself also means STOP, as in ‘stop the crime’. Besides the two black British reporters at the march, there were no other ethnic South African groups that participated in the march.
The event was very well structured with enough police and stewards keeping an eye on the protesters. There were no trouble makers, old flags or talks of current /past political leaders; so all in all, the protest went down very well. There was also a very good ambience in the crowd and while most were saddened by what’s happening to their home country, the event was done in a good spirit. Everyone that was participating had experienced crime first hand, or knew someone that had.
The march focused on the genocide staring white farmers in the eye, and general crime in SA experienced by all South Africans, regardless of their skin colour. Several South Africans that were there today had experienced horrible ordeals, and were kind enough to share their stories with us. There were 400 confirmed people at the protest, almost all of them had their own banners and carried white crosses that represented everyone that had been lost in South Africa.
Many South Africans participated in interviews, talking about why they were participating, what they wanted to achieve through participating and how they think crime could be solved in South Africa.
Awareness of this topic, especially the genocide that is currently taking place directed towards the farmers is very much needed on a global scale, as the media are censored, and the world …well the world is very disinterested and ignorant. That is why every opportunity must be used to create awareness, especially with the world cup looming over head, and that is exactly what this protest did. It made people who were willing to listen around the world, more aware.
Thank you to everyone who participated, it was a pleasure working with you!
And thank you to every South African across the globe that was there with us, in spirit.
My personal facebook page were you can see the entire protest photo album: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/rozanne.meyer
My Youtube channel were you can see all the interviews: http://www.youtube.com/user/Southafricatalks (more videos are still to come!)