I agree with what Racko said. These were a small minority. Maybe half or less of the demonstrators are there truely about the potential war, the rest are there just for a good time, and a few of them figured to take advantage of the massed crowds and start breaking things.
My wife and I wer invited by several people today to go into town and join the demonstrations. Every one I spoke to treated it as a big party rather than any kind of political statement.
Uh, yeah, I'm sure the 1-1.5 million people who froze theis butts off in London were there just for the fun of it. I mean, taking 90 minutes for the 200 metres along the Riverbank leading up to the houses of Parliament, with no music (apart from our friends
, the Socialist worker Party guys, singing a mildly entertaining song entitled "George Bush is a w**ker") or fun or toilets or warming coffee or anything around, it sure WAS fun.
, so towards the very end, around Picadilly, they had some music and some drums, but for the vast majority of the 5 hours I spent on the walk that would otherwise take 1.5 hours or less, I felt miserable and cold. Especially whenever I looked around and felt embarassed to be seen in the close vicinity of members of the "British Communist Party" or "International Union of Sex Workers" or indeed the "Socialist Worker Party" - all not exactly organizations I would consider myself a fan of.... But hey, at least everyone agreed on ONE point...
Still, every minute was worth it if it has any effect on politics....