A diverse group representing nearly every slice of the LR citizenry, the protesters denounce minifig rights abuses on the war-torn island and the Republic's seeming indifference to the Federation of Legopolis's alleged war crimes. Led by University of Bricksburg student radical Robert Hayes, the protests began on Thursday, July 9 and have grown in size and volume each day since. Several high-level political figures are in attendance, including 2014 Socialist presidential candidate Elizabeth Fancourt and Conservative Member of Parliament Pierre Pamplemousse.
Protesters, though, argue that the government's actions have not been nearly enough.
"Marie Bricks's government needs to do more to prevent rampant minifig rights abuses and war crimes in Ancarta. Aid is all well and good, but it helps no one if the Ancartans are already dead," said Hayes.
The movement's ultimate goals, however, are unclear. Some, like Hayes, seem to want the Republic to jump into the conflict on the side of the AIM, while others, including Fancourt, would prefer a more moderate approach.
"Directly supporting the AIM or fighting on its behalf would be foolhardy and too risky," she said. "It would put us in conflict with the Federation and PBR governments."
Since this spring, PBR troops have fought alongside Federation forces; therefore, supporting the AIM would put the Republic in opposition to both countries, two of its closest allies. So far, Marie Bricks has tried to keep the LR in a neutral role, sympathetic to the AIM's ideals but withholding direct support. Instead, Bricks has focused on minifigitarian aid for civilian populations.
The protest is the largest seen in Bricksburg to date, encompassing nearly 15 minifigs at last count. Although being closely monitored by security forces, protesters have remained peaceful. Under the Lego Republic Constitution, citizens have the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech. A harsh crackdown would severely damage Bricks's standing.