Save Lewisham Hospital: More Photos of the Massive Protest on January 26, 2013

Lewisham children say: Save Our A&EUnison say: Save Lewisham A&ETriplets born at Lewisham HospitalTired monstersFamilies march to save Lewisham HospitalPassing Lewisham Hospital
Lewisham A&E staff support the march to save the hospitalStop the cutsSave our hospitalSave Lewisham Hospital: the march reaches CatfordSave Lewisham Hospital: protestors in CatfordOur NHS: We're proud of it … keep it that way!
People of Lewisham! People of South London! You are amazing!Save Lewisham Hospital: protestors in Mountsfield ParkUnison: Defend the NHSThe Millwall busDon't keep calm. Get angry and save Lewisham A&EBandaged
Save Lewisham Hospital from the Tory dragonHands off our hospitalDon't do it, Jeremy!Save our local NHS hospitalsFor all the people who are too fragile to marchPlacards

Save Lewisham Hospital: More Photos of the Massive Protest on January 26, 2013, a set on Flickr.

So now we wait.

On Saturday, as this second set of my photos shows — following on from the first set here — around 25,000 people marched through Lewisham, in south east London, to a rally in Mountsfield Park in Catford, to deliver a powerful rebuke to senior NHS officials, and to the government.

In the first set, I focused on the initial gathering in the centre of Lewisham, and in this second set I photographed the march through the streets, past shoppers and car drivers earnestly honking their horns in support, past Lewisham Hospital, and on to Mountsfield Park in Catford, where there were speakers including Louise Irvine, a Deptford GP and the chair of the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign, and Heidi Alexander MP, who introduced a successful petition to save Lewisham Hospital, which now has over 30,000 signatures.

There was also music, a number of food stalls and a giant petition, and it felt, just for a few hours, as though a velvet revolution was beginning. It is certainly true that only huge numbers — like the numbers seen on Saturday — can genuinely alarm those in power, but it remains to be seen, of course, if such numbers can be mobilised again, not just for Lewisham, but across London, and throughout England as a whole, as the long years of this wretched coalition government — arrogant and cruel, to an extent that is almost beyond belief, and without a genuine mandate — continue to grind away at the very structure of civil society, hurling more and more of the most vulnerable members of society into genuinely alarming poverty, while continuing to destroy Britain economically, and doing nothing for anyone except the rich and the super-rich — the bankers, corporations and individuals who got us into financial difficulties in the first place, and who continue to avoid paying taxes on a colossal scale. Read the rest of this entry »

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