British writers and US expats turned out in force today for a demonstration in London in support of the American writers' strike.
Speaking to the assembled crowd and media, WGGB President, David Edgar, sent best wishes to the American writers and stressed that their fight was for the recognition of the fundamental right of authorship.
Guild General Secretary, Bernie Corbett, also emphasised the international importance of the dispute. Although British writers have secured many of the rights being sought by the WGA, if the American writers were to be unsuccessful it could have a knock-on effect around the world.
TUC General Secretary, Brendan Barber, pledged the support of the wider British trades union movement in what he said was a very important dispute over important matters of principle.
Actor Timothy West also addressed the demonstration, speaking for many other actors present in offering support for the American writers' cause.
Guild President, David Edgar, addresses the demonstration.
Writers gathered outside the TUC Congress in central London.
Guild General Secretary, Bernie Corbett, pledges the WGGB's support for striking American writers.
The London demonstration was part of an international day of solidarity, with events also taking place in Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Holland, Canada and Mexico.
Update (29/11/07): Welsh members of the WGGB held their own demonstration in Cardiff (pictured below), along with members of Equity and the National Union of Journalists.
The video from yesterday's event in London is also now up on YouTube, part of a YouTube group featuring videos from around the world.
Thanks to Jill Golick (see comments) for links to events in Toronto, on her own blog and on Denis McGrath's. Plus, from Montreal, Alex Epstein and a Facebook Group.
Update(2): Coverage of yesterday's London demonstration on BBC News. And scriptwriter James Moran offers a personal view on his blog.