Documented across the mainstream press over the past few days, hundreds of disgruntled My Chemical Romance fans descended upon central London today to protest against The Daily Mail‘s coverage earlier this month.
Thrash Hits editor Raziq Rauf was there with photographer Abbi London.
At 9.50am on Saturday, 31 May 2008 a group of around 100 My Chemical Romance fans congregated at Marble Arch, in what is the final weekend of the half-term holiday for many, to peacefully protest against the Daily Mail’s “War On Emo”, and more specifically, it’s consistent attacks on My Chemical Romance.
By 10.15am the group had swelled to around 200 and there was a celebratory atmosphere as would be expected with such a large group of like-minded individuals. We must remember, of course, that everyone here thinks that My Chemical Romance are great.
We took some photos and will be updating this gallery throughout the day as well as bringing you interviews with some protesters.
We spoke to 16-year-old event organiser, Anni Smith – a proud My Chemical Romance fan and sufferer of depression herself.
“It’s been so amazing. We’ve achieved more than we thought we would and I’m so proud of our fans. The Daily Mail should take a look around.
“It was reported that My Chemical Romance created all this themselves but it’s not so much the power of the band as much as it is the power of the fans.
“We want to raise awareness of My Chemical Romance’s real message that when you’re feeling suicidal and depressed you should get professional help.
“We want people to understand how serious an issue depression is. It’s not a fashion trend.
Check out this montage video of the protest and see if you’re featured in it.
Find out more details at the official website.