Warriors for Change – Pickets and Protests by The Loyal Arthurian Warband
As self-proclaimed warriors for change, The Loyal Arthurian Warband has been at the forefront of many politically focused movements. They have stood up against the destruction of nature and other wrongs attacking the preservation of their Druid ancestral heritage.
The Chief Druid, King Arthur Pendragon, has been instrumental in championing a number of legal battles against governmental bureaucracy. Here are a few of the more noteworthy pickets and protests by The Loyal Arthurian Warband and their colorful leader.
No Pay to Pray
One of the protests that have earned The Loyal Arthurian Warband (LAW) the most notoriety involves the legendary Stonehenge. Stonehenge is one a mysterious monument dating back to prehistoric times.
Archaeologists date the construction of the ring of massive stones to be as early as 3,000 BC. Stonehenge is envisioned with spiritual reverence by thousands. Many ascribe to the idea that the stones possess a spiritual healing power.
Thousands visit Stonehenge to witness the spectacle, while droves of people come just to pray. The English Heritage oversees a number of historical places, one being Stonehenge.
They decided it would be financially wise to charge people to park when visiting the monument. The thought of paying to pray irritated The Loyal Arthurian Warband’s Chief Druid, King Arthur Uther Pendragon.
Pendragon and his band of activist warriors picketed Stonehenge during the Summer Solstice celebration and eventually his protests led to a court hearing in the Salisbury County Court.
Pendragon eventually lost the court case in May 2017, but it wasn’t without a noble fight. Other aspects of the LAW’s Stonehenge protests continue. They believe there should be no attendance restrictions, no upfront booking for tickets, and no restriction of access.
Rebury Them Where They Belong
Before the English Heritage leveled the parking charges on Stonehenge visitors, an act that irked the Druid order, dozens of members protested the removal of ancient bones. The bones were then placed on public display.
The Loyal Arthurian Warband’s Chief Druid insisted that the display was akin to a Victorian peep show. These bones were believed to be ancestors of the original Druids. They are estimated to be as much as 5,000 years old.
Pendragon pleaded with the English Heritage to act out of a sense of human decency for the sacred, and return the bones to their resting place. The LAW’s protests discounted the Heritage’s insisted that people want to see authentic archaeological evidence.
He proclaimed their motivation to be solely based on selfish greed with a total disregard for the historical sacredness of the burial site. These two movements created a collective ambition by the Druid-based order.
They call them KLASP, the King’s Loyal Arthurian Stonehenge Protest. The desire to have the re-internment of the remains removed from Stonehenge has been one of The LAW’s most ambitious protests.
The Olympic Torch Protests
The activist protest movements supported by The Loyal Arthurian Warband have not been restricted to events in and around Great Britain. In 2012, Pendragon, accompanied by dozens from his order, was part of a throng that protested the Olympic Torch passing through England.
The protests targeted the human rights violations and treatment of Tibetans by the Chinese Government, host site of the 2012 Summer Olympics. For the most part, the protests remained peaceful, with but a handful of minor skirmishes. The LAW’s involvement supported their principle that all creatures should be treated humanely.
The Warrior’s Call
A year after The Loyal Arthurian Warband extended their protested support to denouncing China during the Olympic Torch relay, they called on all Druids worldwide. Their Druidism principles are a guide for fighting against the destruction of all-things natural.
Fracking across the United Kingdom was the target of the Warrior’s Call. The Loyal Arthurian Warband adamantly believed that fracking disrupted the sacred around Albion. Their protests insisted that fracking would irreparable toxic damage to the geothermal springs.
They called for Druids and environmentalists worldwide to stand unified against what they called fracking-induced ecocide. Led by Pendragon, The Loyal Arthurian Warband held a public ritual at Stonehenge in harmony with similar scheduled protests around the world.
The Bedroom Tax Protest
Besides things that were perceived as attacks on the environment, The Loyal Arthurian Warband also feel compelled to fight for any type of tyrannical injustice. One such protest involved the leveling of a tax in Salisbury County against rooms used for non-family use.
Tax laws were enacted, which targeted any room in a home that was deemed as an opportunity to generate income. However, these laws placed incredible burdens on people who needed rooms for various reasons.
As an example, Pendragon pointed out a handicapped lad who was taxed for keeping an extra room open for a needed caregiver. Pendragon and The Loyal Arthurian Warband were outraged. They staged the Bedroom Tax Protests.
Hundreds of loyal followers of Druidism convened at Queen Elizabeth Gardens and marched to the library. The protest generated hundreds of signatures on a petition to stop the government from exploiting the needy to fill their nefarious objectives.
While many of The Loyal Arthurian Warband’s efforts have battled to protect Stonehenge, the historic monument’s protection has not been their sole focus. They follow their ancestral path of Druidism, holding a fervent passion for protecting nature and standing up for the less fortunate.
These are a few of the more passionate ambitions Pendragon and his followers have pursued. Rest assured, if there is a perceived political or environmental injustice; The LAW will consider it their duty to reveal such to the world.