On Saturday the 23rd of August I attended the demonstration in Whitehall against the continued selling of arms to Israel, organised by a range of organisations protesting against the current siege of Gaza. For the most part the event was peaceful, though without question one of high emotion and energy. There was only one small scuffle I witnessed between a single demonstrator attempting to cross the road heading towards the gates of 10 Downing Street. He was swiftly grabbed by Met officers as well as one of the protest organisers. This brings the newspaper headlines and television reports home. It also makes me grateful to live in a country where the freedom to gather and speak truth to power is an important part of the culture.