PHOTOS: A massive day for Europe
52 events in 51 cities across Europe.
200,000 people on the streets from Berlin to Bucharest, Brussels to Budapest.
A video watched by 7 million Romanians.
Hundreds of thousands of door hangers across the whole of Sweden and Austria.
Over 2000 media hits worldwide (and not just in Europe - not only were we featured in the New York Times, but the story was picked up globally from China to Brazil).
The Eiffel Tower lit up with our message:
These were just some of the scenes from OPEN’s biggest ever coordinated action. And all of it was stunning.
Along with WeMove.eu and a host of local partners, the European OPEN organisations showed in all our creativity and diversity what it looks like to celebrate Europe. With banners and bands, we stood in solidarity against hate, and for progressive change.
In February, in freezing Berlin, when we first huddled to discuss the plan, we spoke of what we wanted to feel like on May 20th. We described a feeling just like this.
A few days before the event, there were the inevitable pre-show nerves. What if we were too ambitious in the short time we had? In a few locations the rain looked set to spoil the party (in Genoa they had to change venues to somewhere inside at the very last minute). But something was in the air and as the first photos of the Eiffel Tower lit up in Paris arrived in the early hours of May 19th, things felt good.
There’s a ton still to push for in the lead up to the 26th, when Europe goes to the polls in what promises to be an election that will set the tone for years to come across the continent. But we wanted to share some of our favorite photos from the big party that happened here yesterday, to show you what our European organisations are already achieving:
You can find more pictures and information here.