#Repealthe8th London 2016

The sun kindly shone in London for the Repeal the 8th gathering of about 300 people.  The demo was in two parts. One a performance of 77 women wheeling suitcases, to symbolise the 77 women a week who travel abroad from Ireland to access abortion services.  The rest were out in support.

Meeting at Belgrave Square
Meeting at Belgrave Square

There was a small police presence and they liaised with the organisers.  The demo was entirely peaceful.

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77 women with suitcases did a circuit of the square and over to the Irish Embassy
77 women with suitcases did a circuit of the square and over to the Irish Embassy

During this, the entire crowd remained silent, in solidarity with the silence women in Ireland face, when trying to access abortion services or aftercare.

One of the most creative signs. The text inside the number eight is women's stories as published in the media
The text inside the number eight is women’s stories as published in the media
The travelling women stood and faced the Irish Embassy in silence
The travelling women stood and faced the Irish Embassy in silence

The Irish flag is absent outside the Irish Embassy.  There was some speculation as to whether this was due to the Ambassador not being in residence.  Also conspicuously absent were any Pro Life campaigners.

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After facing the embassy, the travelling women turned and faced the rest of the crowd who had come out in support
After facing the embassy, the travelling women turned and faced the rest of the crowd who had come out in support
Great turnout by the men
Great turnout by the men
This lady gave a very moving speech
This lady gave a very moving speech
The Polish are also facing a big fight with women's reproductive rights there moving backwards
The Polish are also facing a big fight with women’s reproductive rights there moving backwards
The demo made the Irish Times too
The demo made the Irish Times too

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Barbara O’Donnell

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