In Pictures: London for a Secular Europe Protest

By Nicolas Chinardet Last edited 96 months ago
In Pictures: London for a Secular Europe Protest
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Placard summerising the message of the protest
Placard summerising the message of the protest
Sisters of the London House of Common Sluts of the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence officiate on a disguised protestor.
Sisters of the London House of Common Sluts of the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence officiate on a disguised protestor.
Sisters of the London House of Common Sluts of the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence and protesters on Victoria Street
Sisters of the London House of Common Sluts of the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence and protesters on Victoria Street
Along Grosvenor Place
Along Grosvenor Place
Outside the Italian Embasssy, Grosvenor Square
Outside the Italian Embasssy, Grosvenor Square
Peter Tatchell speaks out against the Popt
Peter Tatchell speaks out against the Popt
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Placard summerising the message of the protest
Placard summerising the message of the protest
Sisters of the London House of Common Sluts of the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence officiate on a disguised protestor.
Sisters of the London House of Common Sluts of the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence officiate on a disguised protestor.
Sisters of the London House of Common Sluts of the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence and protesters on Victoria Street
Sisters of the London House of Common Sluts of the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence and protesters on Victoria Street
Along Grosvenor Place
Along Grosvenor Place
Outside the Italian Embasssy, Grosvenor Square
Outside the Italian Embasssy, Grosvenor Square
Peter Tatchell speaks out against the Popt
Peter Tatchell speaks out against the Popt

Around 300 people (mostly it seems members of the LGBT community) faced the loveless streets of London on a wintry Valentine's Day afternoon to voice their opposition to the seemingly growing political interference of the Vatican and the Pope in European and British politics.

The protesters gathered outside Westminster Cathedral before joyfully marching all the way to the Italian Embassy in Grosvenor Square, followed by three hymn singing Catholics. At the embassy, they listened to a series of speakers of humanist and secularist persuasions listing the wrongs of the Catholic hierarchy.

This protest was taking place in solidarity with a demonstration happening in Rome and was the second of a series of protests during the year against the Pope's state visit to the UK in the autumn.More pictures of the protest available on flickr here
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Last Updated 15 February 2010