Leila Deen – Saviour of the Universe, have your say!March 24th, 2009 by Barry Potier
The middle class charity worker who covered Lord Mandelson in green custard on live television is a veteran of direct action campaigns since childhood. Leila Deen’s commitment to the environment meant that for her mother’s recent 60th birthday the family spent three days travelling to Morocco by train as she would not allow them to fly.
Ms Deen, 29, says she is part of a new generation of protest movement. She recalls being inspired by a film about the fight against apartheid in South Africa and said she has read about Gandhi and the Suffragettes, but she argues that direct action needed to be upgraded for the modern era. “We are inspired by history but we are a new generation,” she said. “We try and do it in a light-hearted way and our methods are maybe a bit more dynamic.” So do you agree with Leila that direct action like these are the right way or do they just give protesters a really bad name?