I was a volunteer steward on one of the big anti-war demos. Unlike any other demo I'd been on, or stewarded on, we were told to create a 'box', linking arms and basically walking sideways, around the VIPs at the front of the demo. It was quite bizarre, like a guard of honour for Galloway, just one or two other Stop The War activists and some buddies from the Muslim Council. And several bouncer types. (As I recall, most of the other Stop The War/Respect leadership were elsewhere on the demo, not in the protected 'box'). The demo was lined up for a long time, setting off over an hour late, waiting for Galloway and his VIP guests to arrive.
After a (very slow) mile or so, a very old peace campaigner at the side harangued me; why couldn't he slip into the front of the demo (he was frail, it was packed behind the front), why the protective box, he'd never seen anything like it in 60 years of demonstrating. I walked about another 10 yards, realised he was right and walked off the 'box' into the pub; had a quick pint, dumped my stewarding bib in a bin and enjoyed the rest of the demo.
There's something (as Michael said earlier) rather offputting and fraudulent about Galloway. It's there to see in his political opportunism at times, his croneyism with despots and his flawed 'Respect' alliance between solid socialists and (some) religious bigots. Seeing him up close acting as the self-proclaimed leader of the anti-war movement, requiring a 'guard' for him and his VIPs, that I've never seen on any other demo (and many in much more potentially violent situations), just reinforced it.