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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 May, 2003, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
May Day protest - live in London
Anti-capitalism protesters rallied in London on 1 May, and BBC News Online's Megan Lane and Phil Coomes gathered their views with the aid of a mobile phone camera. This page was updated throughout the day.

Name: Sam Quinn
Location: St Martin's in the Field
Time posted: 17:46

I'm in a political metal band called Defcon4 Jihad. It's a reference to 1984 and keeping the people in a state of fear, combined with the Koranic word for holy war. The war in Iraq is the American military's holy war. I came here today independently, to get the numbers up. I wanted to be with a mass of people speaking the truth about what's going on in the world. I started the day on the Socialist Worker's march and then joined the main TUC one. Tonight I'm going to Channel 4 to watch the film Injustice which is about police brutality.

Name: Dave
Location: The Strand
Time posted: 17:06

This is one of my protest T-shirts. I've been on the main march and then headed down to Lockheed Martin, the arms company. The police had hemmed in a crowd of people, so we headed off to the Shell building and got moved on by the cops. I've been to Cambridge University but I don't buy into the capitalist system. I want to get a squat in London with some anarchists. But I'm not an anarchist myself - I don't believe one group has all the answers to our problems. It would have been nice to have seen more people here today.

Name: Natasha Adams
Location: Trafalgar Square
Time posted: 14:57

I'm a care worker on an organic farm and, basically, I'm against the whole philosophy of global capitalism - more power and money for the rich and less and less for everybody else. I've been to the past two May Days but I got really disheartened because the media coverage only shows riots and trouble makers. Most people here today just want to make their statement peacefully. After the TUC rally I'll head off and find some other action.

Name: Dagmar Diesner
Location: The Strand
Time posted: 14:26

I'm against the US taking over in Iraq but today, for me, this march is all about labour rights. There are so many other days we can have our say about war - there's a CND march coming soon. Having said that, the two issues are not totally exclusive and I want to express my solidarity with the Iraqi people so they will get labour rights as well. In London, there are no rights for workers. I'm a freelance teacher and the only work I can get is through agencies. The UK has already eroded contracts.

Name: Gabrielle Hamm
Location: St James's Park
Time posted: 12:45

I'm in the park to meet up with Critical Mass's picnic but I'm a bit early. I've been on previous May Day protests as well as the recent anti-war march and stop Esso rallies. While my main message today is that people should be cycling more in central London, I think it's very interesting how the war has gone. I don't think that toppling Saddam has taken the wind out of the protest's sails. Instead, everyone is now taking a pause while we wait to see what happens. I'm prepared to wait and see what the US does with its reconstruction money.

Name: Tom Rutter
Location: South Bank complex
Time posted: 11:32

This is my first May Day protest. I'm not the most activist person here but I enjoy Critical Mass bike rides because I cycle round London and it's empowering not to feel scared on the roads. When I'm on these rides I almost feel like I'm in the countryside rather than the city. Sustainable transport should be encouraged. People need to get out of their cars and into busses. That's why I think the congestion charge is a good thing.

Name: Jamie
Location: Under Waterloo Bridge
Time posted: 11:10

I'm here because I believe that cycling is the best form of transport for London. It's quiet, healthy, it doesn't cause pollution or congestion - and it's not reliant on oil. There's a bigger picture to this war in Iraq. The only place to be heavily guarded in Baghdad was the oil ministry. And soldiers put out blazing oil wells with thousands of gallons of water while, 10 miles down the road, Iraqi people went without. I'm a veteran May Day protester and I also go on the Critical Mass cycle rides every month. After this I might go to the Shell protest and make my point in a peaceful way - talking to people and explaining why I'm here.


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