On day 18 of Blogmas I was on my way to a meeting in the west end and just before I went on the underground I witnessed a very interesting demonstration on the Buchanan Street steps. The protesters didn’t come from the Yes movement for whom the steps were such a meeting place in the run up to the 2014 independence referendum. Nor did they come from the trade union movement or CND for whom they have always been a powerful symbol of protest. These protesters were from the Sudanese community in Scotland who were protesting at the corruption and human rights abuses in their homeland.
This was I have to say one of the more unique sights I’ve seen in the run up to Christmas and given the chilly weather one of the bravest It was however heartening to see that they thought Glasgow to be the kind of friendly and welcoming environment where they could make this peaceful protest to highlight they what they believe is wrong with their country
The official purpose of demonstration was, to raise awareness of the corruption in a country which is so often overlooked when people talk of global trouble spots. However, I think that there may also have been a more subliminal purpose to this quiet , peaceful protest , and that is to remind us that in this festive season which is so often the busiest time of year for commercialism and consumerism, that there is as the Band Aid single so eloquently puts it, a world outside your window and maybe just maybe we need to look outside it sometimes and I thank the protesters for reminding of it.
Love And Best Wishes