Avaaz holds protest against Murdoch in front of Parliament - London
Demonstrators with Rupert Murdoch masks rally in Westminster, organized by an online advocacy group named Avaaz staged a protest outside parliament naming Murdoch as 'Public Enemy #1,' and calling for him to go. UK. 19th July 2011
Murdochs abounded in Westminster as on-line advocacy group Avaaz staged a protest outside parliament naming him as 'Public Enemy #1' and calling for him to go. London, UK. 19/07/2011
The demonstration was held as others waited for Murdoch to appear for his hearing in front of a Commons Committee. Around 40 Avaaz protesters donned Murdoch masks and t-shirts with the message 'Murdoch Wanted for News Crimes' although few stayed until the end. Unfortunately it was hardly the massive, creative action that Avaaz had hoped for.
For once the masks were quite lifelike, and the impression on seeing a whole flood of them a little disturbing. There was also a large puppet head of Murdoch, which was considerably less lifelike and even rather appealing. Other Avvaz placards read 'The People Vs Murdoch' and one stated 'Public Enemy #1.'
The protest was enlivened by some unofficial additions, including a young man suggesting we should take action over Palestine, and an Asian-looking woman with a silver cross who I think was suggesting we should all give up our wicked ways and turn to Jesus. Perhaps more relevant was one of the funnier posters around Westiminster with a caricature of Rebekah Brooks suggesting that since she had experience with telephones and lying she might have a good career opportunity on the end of an Essex girl phone line service.
I'd understood that the protesters would go on to Portcullis House, where Murdoch himself was expected, but after the photo opportunity in Old Palace Yard they simply dispersed.