Campaigners from across Britain shared a feeling of achievement that the movement had beaten the ban and that they had got the anti-war message across.
On the minibuses back to the West Midlands there was a strong sense of victory.
“An excellent result,” was the verdict of music teacher Alastair Wingate who added that it was “great to see people getting into Parliament Square”.
Alexandria from Warwick university agreed. “It was good to see people sitting down outside parliament,” she said.
Edmund Quinn, the pensioner from Coventry, had enjoyed the day. He told Socialist Worker, “There was a bit of jostling with the police, the police wouldn’t let us cross the road to parliament but with a bit of patience we got outside the Commons.”
Richard had come with a 20 strong delegation from the University of the West of England in Bristol and said he was really pleased with the student turn out.
He said, “It was great to see loads of students outside parliament making so much noise. The police tried to stop us getting to the rally at College Green but they could not stop us!”
Liz, one of six workers on the Camden Unison union delegation was less than impressed with Gordon Brown’s statement that some troops would be taken out of Iraq.
“Brown has said that British troops will remain until the Americans decide to leave,” she pointed out. “Meanwhile they are being positioned on the border with Iran.
“If Brown backs Bush in any attack on Iran we need to be straight back protesting outside parliament.”