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Demo Against Lansley at Princess Royal University Hospital, Bromley

posted 3 Aug 2011, 08:30 by Lewisham KONP   [ updated 3 Aug 2011, 08:58 ]
At least 10 demonstrators turned out to greet Lansley on Monday 1st August in Bromley. Activists from Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham turned out for the lunchtime demo.

Demonstrators didn't manage to see Lansley himself, activists were instead escorted to the edge of the hospital grounds. Placards and the Greenwich KONP banner were however displayed on the main road during the protest. Later on a couple of activists went back into the hospital but were told to leave because they "had been on the demonstration!".
A minor London protest against a high profile figure like Lansley may seem disappointing at first glance. It is however important to bear in mind that firstly the demo wasn't built for apart from an e-mail circular. Secondly, scores of activists were either at work, on a summer break or simply out of town on the day of the protest including the author of this post! Finally, the Lewisham KONP inbox alone received around a dozen notifications within a few days of our circular e-mail (a fraction of our total supporters' database) from health supporters notifying us of their absence or inability to attend for the afore stated reasons.
This gives us an indication of what we should be able to start mobilising from September and shows us all the importance of building sizeable protests in the future: it is easy to "escort" 10 people to the edge of the hospital grounds but far more difficult to move 100 or 200 demonstrators in the same manner from a picket or lobby.