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World's biggest Pope protest

20,000 march in London against Papal intolerance


21 September, 2010

Photo: Andrew West, British Humanist Association Benedict XVI
LONDON — "The Protest the Pope demonstration in London was the world's biggest demonstration against any Pope for many, many years," said human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who helped coordinate the 'Nope Pope' march and rally in London on Saturday 18 September.

The protest was organised by a broad-based coalition to coincide with Pope Benedict's State Visit to Britain.

"There were ten times more people than we expected; between 15,000 to 20,000 protesters, filling most of Piccadilly, from Hyde Park Corner to Piccadilly Circus. This was an awesome turnout for a protest organised by a small ad hoc campaign with no office, paid staff or proper funding.

"Our thanks to everyone who joined the march. We made a difference. The protest was reported worldwide, which helped expose the Pope's sexist, homophobic and reactionary dogmas to hundreds of millions of people.

"Our march had a good-natured, carnival atmosphere, with lots of witty placards and slogans. It was one of the best, most fun, demos in years.

"Congratulations and gratitude to everyone involved," said Mr Tatchell. – Issued by Peter Tatchell Human Rights Fund (PTHRF)


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