The #OccupyPigeon Protest At Trafalgar Square Reaches Historic 1-Year Milestone
THE #OCCUPYPIGEON Protest is gathering speed and looks unlikely to disperse as fifty thousand pigeons remain camped out in Trafalgar Square, making it the largest political protest by birds since 40,000 geese made a long trip to South America in support of 2008 Presidential candidate John McCain.
Yet as OccupyPigeon reaches it’s 13th month, details of the pigeon’s political demands still remain unclear. Despite this uncertainty, several prominent figures have lent their support to the protests.
On Tuesday, The English Defense League held a march in Luton in support of the pigeons. ‘These British Pigeons are sick of Islamic extremism and I can’t blame them for that,’ said Tommy Robinson, the head of the EDL.
However, Neil Flimpton of UK Uncut believes that the pigeons are protesting against government cuts. ‘This is a clear example of the trickle down effect that comes with cuts. Pigeons are suffering too and its time that we stand up to The Coalition and say ‘Enough is Enough’.’
Speaking exclsuively to The Basion, Labour MP Harriet Harman has called OccupyPigeon ‘‘The first great feminist protest of the 21st century’. ‘Female Pigeons are under no illusions’ Said Harman. ‘They want equal pay and want to help women and pigeons break through the glass ceiling…”
Metropolitan Police have increased security around Trafalgar square as the pigeons have been courting and mating in public, drawing many comparisons to the Free Love movement of the 1960’s.
Billy Bragg recorded a protest song for the pigeons, entitled, ‘Flying with clipped wings’. In a statement he said, ‘The government never gave them an education, it’s like the miners all over again.’
A local shopkeeper explained that pigeons are damaged business in the area, adding: ‘pigeons should try to get jobs instead of ruining it for the rest of us. This Avian Spring is a threat to us all.’
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