Musings of a middle aged misfit.
Mmm ... that is an interesting series of images. I would think that each of those children is old enough to go to school. I was interstate so not sure which day of the week this was held. Why could the children not go to school?You know, I am not sure I agree with stuffing a banner in a child's hand and encouraging them to march. No matter what the cause. It is 'using' them according to my thinking.
Teachers were on strike as part of the protest. Agree with you somewhat about the signs, particularly the Socialist Alliance ones. Still, it made for some good photography.
Ann, your coverage of this rally has been riveting. But this first little girl and her sign are especially moving.
I'm also not comfortable with children of that age group participating in protests, but they were there and you've done a great job of covering the day Ann!
When I was a kid from primary school age upwards was always going on marches. My brother was a toddler when he learned chants and protest songs. (leader: "we'll be overjoyed" group: "when Maggie's unemployed!") I often carried signs and I'm glad I did. Infact I remember pleading with my mum to find me a sign to carry. It made me more politically aware than many of my classmates and made me ask questions about the world. I'm all for it.
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