Protests Make Russell Brand Nostalgic

Today I popped along to the protests seduced by nostalgia as much as any legitimate intention to change the world, for you see there was a time that within the truculent mass was where I was at my most happy. -Russell Brand, writing on his blog about checking out the massive G-20 Summit protests in London


Russell Brand attends a protest of the G-20 summit in London on April 1, 2009. (Photo by Photoagency)

British comedian and actor Russell Brand was overwhelmed by a sense of curiosity and nostalgia Wednesday that sent him into the midst of a massive protest of the G-20 Summit in London.

The radio personality refused to comment much to the press following him through the crowd, but later wrote on his blog:

"Today I popped along to the protests seduced by nostalgia as much as any legitimate intention to change the world, for you see there was a time that within the truculent mass was where I was at my most happy."

Brand goes on to recount his past days of rabble rousing: being too high to remember what he was protesting on his first outing; getting naked to fight capitalism back on May 1, 2001; you know, the usual stuff. He brings it back to say his real reason for being interested in the protests (directed mainly at failed economic policies that have driven the World economy into recession) is his "instinctive mistrust of authority and innate belief that whilst we are different we are all equal and have a social culpability to care for every member of our society."

Brand echoes the chants of protesters, claiming that "capitalism has failed us."

The real protesters -- you know, the ones who don't have Brand's money or notoriety -- represented all manner of disparate elements. Anarchists and socialists protested the summit alongside everyday Brits protesting the war in Iraq and failed financial policies. Even the French Spiderman, Alain Robert, showed up to scale the Lloyd's Building in Central London to protest about climate change.

Brand says in his blog that he skipped out early because the attention he was receiving made it impossible for him to lose himself in the crowd, but bemoaned the days of his youth was he was truly a "sweet and tender hooligan." Somewhere Morrissey just rolled his eyes.
 
Here are some pictures of what Brand presumably missed out on.

Mass Protests Are Held During The G20 World Leaders Summit
Anti capitalist and climate change activists demonstrate in the City of London on April 1, 2009 in London, England. Protesters marched through London demanding action on poverty, climate change and jobs, as World leaders arrived in London ahead of the G20 summit. (Getty Images)more pics »

Mass Protests Are Held During The G20 World Leaders Summit
Police react to protesters as they block access to a branch of RBS stopping anti capitalist and climate change activists demonstrating in the City of London on April 1, 2009 in London, England. Protesters marched through London demanding action on poverty, climate change and jobs, as world leaders arrived in London ahead of the G20 summit. (Getty Images)more pics »
Protesters Smash Windows At G20 Summit In London
Images show London this morning at the beginning of the G20 protests in the financial district. People are seen smashing the windows of the RBS Building. (Photo Agency)more pics »

Protesters Smash Windows At G20 Summit In London
Images show London this morning at the beginning of the G20 protests in the financial district. People are seen smashing the windows of the RBS Building. (Photo Agency)more pics »
Protesters Outside G20 Summit In London
Images show London this morning at the beginning of the G20 protests in the financial district. (Photo Agency)more pics »

Protesters Outside G20 Summit In London
Images show London this morning at the beginning of the G20 protests in the financial district. (Photo Agency)more pics »
Protesters Outside G20 Summit In London
Images show London this morning at the beginning of the G20 protests in the financial district. (Photo Agency)more pics »

Protesters Outside G20 Summit In London
Images show London this morning at the beginning of the G20 protests in the financial district. (Photo Agency)more pics »
Mass Protests Are Held During The G20 World Leaders Summit
A climate change and anti-capitalist activist is led away after being injured during a demonstration outside a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on April 1, 2009 in London, England. Protesters marched through London demanding action on poverty, climate change and jobs, as world leaders arrived in London ahead of the G20 summit dedicated to tackling the global financial crisis. (Getty Images)more pics »

G20 Protests Begin in London
Images show London this morning at the beginning of the G20 protests in the financial district. (Photo Agency)more pics »
Security Is High As Further Protests Are Feared Around The G20 Summit
Protesters clash with police in Threadneedle St in London's financial district, as global leaders attend the G20 Summit on April 2, 2009 in London, England. As police dispersed protesters UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced a raft of measures, agreed by world leaders, to tackle the global financial crisis. (Getty Images)more pics »

Russell Brand in Mass Protests Are Held During The G20 World Leaders Summit
Russell Brand watches as anti capitalist and climate change activists demonstrate in the City of London on April 1, 2009 in London, England. Protesters marched through London demanding action on poverty, climate change and jobs, as world leaders arrived in London ahead of the G20 summit. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Russell Brand (Getty Images)more pics »
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