Friday, April 3, 2009
Bragg, Nash and Get Cape member among G20 protesters
The G20 is over. World leaders are celebrating "breakthroughs" in their plan to solve the economic crisis. A large amount of workers, students and activists clearly aren't buying it, though. Nor should they. The G20, along with other international financial institutions like the IMF and World Bank are part of the problem, not the solution.
It's estimated that 40,000 people marched the Tuesday before the meetings began in London. As most readers are aware of right now, the following days brought clashes between police and demonstrators.
During the demos on April 1st, the confrontations became especially violent. Police cordoned off the large crowds, making it impossible to get a sound system to the performers who were scheduled that day: Billy Bragg, Kate Nash, and Sam Duckworth of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. All three played truncated sets without any form of amplification.
Not that any of them minded. Solidarity isn't always neat and tidy. Speaking to the NME, Bragg was insistent that protests and bottom up organizing are really the only way to force the world's governments to carry out radical and meaningful change.
Bragg was scheduled to perform "The World Turned Upside Down," a song he made famous in the 80s that was written about the Diggers, a radical group who attempted to transform the English Civil War into a fight for communism in the mid-17th century. No word on whether this ended up in his abridged set.