1 June 2016: Protests outside the Home Office, in Parliament Square, and Mike Buchanan’s arrest

Our thanks to E for editing this piece (video, 16:38) from a number of video sources, including his own. The (Kiwi) policeman who arrested me was the personification of charm and patience, and the ensuing couple of hours were not without their comic moments. He was accompanied by a young policewoman, and at the police station I was taken to, he gently prompted her to give a verbal account of events preceding my arrest to the (female) desk sergeant. I wish I had a recording of the ensuing scene, which went like this:

Policewoman: Mr Buchanan stepped out into the road into the path of oncoming traffic, despite my colleague having warned him many times that if he did that, he’d be arrested.

Desk Sergeant: Where did the arrest take place?

Policewoman: Trafalgar Square.

Policeman (eyes closed): Parliament Square.

Policewoman (stony-faced): Parliament Square.

You can’t buy memories like that.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • bakamonosan

    You and your fellow protestors demonstrated that there are lions in Parliament Square, too.

    Choice, bro!

    • Haha thanks for that! I’m sure that accounts for her confusion…

  • epistemol

    Very nicely intercut by E, I thought, between two cameras, neither of whom knew what the other was doing – congrats!