Middlesbrough Anti-Trump Demonstration

Campaigners gather during an anti-Trump demonstration in the Centre Square area of Middlesbrough today in the wake of similar events held across the country demonstrators who oppose the policies of the newly-elected US president came onto the streets of Teesside to show their solidarity with refugees, women, Muslims and the LGBT community.

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Women’s March – London

On the day following the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States close to 100,000 protestors marched on London to voice their opposition to his presidency and to spread a message of inclusiveness and positivity in the wake of the rising tide of intolerance and division that has emerged from the US election.

The Women’s March On London was one of hundreds of similar protests taking place in major cities around the globe with participants of all genders, races and political beliefs taking part. In their mission statement the march organisers said that their aim was to take a stand against a growing right-wing political sentiment in all its forms, including homophobia, transphobia, anti-muslim bigotry, misogyny, class prejudice and racism.

The London march gathered outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square in Mayfair before marching through Park Lane, Piccadilly, Pall Mall and into Trafalgar Square for a rally with politicians and activists addressing the crowds.

The largest rally took place in Washington DC with an estimated half a million people taking to the streets and unconfirmed reports suggest that more protestors attended the Washington Women’s March than Trump supporters who attended the inauguration.

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TECH STUFF: All pictures in this set were taken on a pair of Leica M9 cameras fitted with 50mm f2 Summicron and 35mm F2 Summicron lenses. The 50mm lens was fitted with a 3-stop ND filter to allow for pictures to be taken at the f2 aperture in the bright sunshine. All pictures were subsequently edited with minor adjustments made in Lightroom and in line with standard editorial editing guidelines. No picture has been doctored or altered in any way.

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Newcastle becomes United

Newcastle was very much united today as the city, its inhabitants and many others who travelled in from further afield came together to hold a counter-demonstration and march in response to a demonstration by the German based far right movement – PEGIDA. The group formed originally by a German PR agency owner called Lutz Bachmann, held its first ever demonstration in the UK and three to four hundred people attended.

The group whose name translates as ‘Patriotic Europeans against the Islamification of the West‘ claim to be trying to defend countries from the spread of extremism at the hands of Muslim immigrants.

In response, a newly formed group called ‘Newcastle Unites’ quickly put the word out and organised a counter-march and community groups, trade unionists, political figures, anti-facists, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus and Islamic communities and other men, women, children and families formed a three thousand strong multi-cultural group that marched through the centre of the city in response to the Pegida demonstration….

 

Here’s a few pictures from the day that I shot whilst on assignment for Getty Images , you can see more via the link, and I’ve broken the pictures down into 4 groups as you will see from the sub-title above each set…

 

Anti-Pegida Demonstration organised by Newcastle Unites

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Freedom for Palestine

Around 1500 people marched through the centre of Middlesbrough today in a peaceful demonstration to show their support for Palestinians living in Gaza. People from all communities, religions and backgrounds attended the march through the town showing solidarity for the people of Gaza and calling for an end to the military action being conducted by Israel.

 

Teesside Solidarity Rally through Middlesbrough

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Teesside Palestine solidarity campaign

Members of the Teesside Palestine solidarity campaign group gathered in the centre of Middlesbrough town centre earlier this evening to mount a peaceful demonstration to voice their opposition to the current Israeli actions in Gaza.

 

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Degrees of separation

Middlesbrough town centre hosted two demonstrations yesterday. The first was a counter demonstration held to celebrate diversity on Teesside and also to show opposition against an English Defence League demonstration that had been planned for later the same day…

 

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TECH STUFF: All pictures were shot with a Leica M9 with a 50mm f2 Summicron lens and a Fuji X Pro 1 with an 18mm f2 lens (28mm equivalent on full frame). Images were edited and turned into Black and White using Lightroom 5.5 and Photoshop.

 

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Tapestry of Tradition

From early morning on the twelfth of August in 1871 groups of miners and their families made their way steadily towards the City of Durham. Like small conquering armies they headed towards the cathedral city along the small roads and tracks that snaked through the countryside marching behind heavy canvas banners held aloft by those at the head of the column. Many travelled by foot but some rattled their way towards the city on horse drawn wagons. The pitmen, whilst a little apprehensive about the welcome they might receive from the city folk, marched proudly and with purpose.

The city people were not happy that these pitmen were making their way towards their city. They were, in the eyes of those who lived within the relative comfort of the city, a race apart. Living hand to mouth in small isolated villages they eked out a meagre existence. These pitmen who lived constantly within earshot of the clatter of the winding engines and who were always covered by the ever present black dust that permeated everything they owned. Living in their small homes engulfed with the sulphurous fumes that spewed from the ventilation furnaces they were, to the city dwellers, like marauding clans. Coming to their city and taking their pleasure in ale-houses, gambling at pitch and toss or wagering on cockfights. On their way to town they poached the squire’s pheasants and game and stole turnips from his fields and if all of this wasn’t bad enough it was their smouldering discontent, which could erupt at any moment into riot, that was feared most.

 

These days the Durham Big Meeting is a little more sedate, if no less lively or busy. Still open to the odd pint or two being swilled and in its recent past even the odd fight or two has been known to break out. But generally speaking the Durham Miners Gala, or ‘Durham Big Meeting’ as it is called locally, is a little less violent. The winding engines have slowed to a halt. The black dust has now settled. The sulphurous fumes no longer rise into the air. Where once a hundred mines made up the mighty Durham coalfield, today, none remain.

 

Today, events began with many hundreds of people meeting up in the Market Place of the city. the main assembly point for the start of the parade through Durham. The colliery brass bands and banners, followed by those with allegiance to those former great colliery villages start to march from there to the cities Racecourse. As they pass the County Hotel on Old Elvet they walked past union leaders, invited guests and local dignitaries who greet the march from the hotel balcony.

The procession can take three to four hours to pass the County Hotel due to the huge numbers of people attending and the frequent pauses at the hotel. However, an amazing atmosphere of street theatre is created making the occasion more a fiesta than a march.

The bands pause beneath the balcony to play their musical ‘party piece’ before marching on the rest of the distance to the Racecourse where a platform waits for the speakers to address the crowds. There are food stalls, funfairs and rides offering excitement and thrills to those willing to have a go. Their banners, carried with pride through the city are now all secured to the surrounding fences in a tapestry of tradition and working class history that remains a source of pride and sadness for an industry lost to the people of the Durham coalfield.

 

 

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