April 2022 Extinction Rebellion protests in London entail swarming and blocking the capital’s streets. The day I joined we ended up on Lambeth bridge with the Palace of Westminster looking on.
As the Rebels gathered at Speaker’s Corner, so did the police. The red van is the surveillance vehicle: two huge cameras on top and face-recognition AI inside. We have images of one another. I love the contrast with the cargo bike of XR Buddhists.
As we crossed Knightsbridge heading to the Wellington Arch a police officer told me how impressed she was that I could be part of the march and paint watercolors at the same time.