Web petitions build support, but actions such as the Yarl’s Wood demonstration are viscerally energising

If, like me, you were taken on protests as a child, you may share a vague sense that all those marches and demonstrations, pickets and rallies are a bit past their heyday. I still own a badge saying Aldermaston Easter 1967 that must have been pinned on my top when I was less than three months old. It’s looking pretty rusty now.

Related: Hundreds protest to demand closure of Yarl’s Wood immigration centre

This is the colour, the heft, the pulse, that our online lives lack.

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