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Air Pollution Protest Blocks Brixton

Brixton, London. Thu 14 Sep 2017

 


 

 People meet at Windrush Square for the first 'Stop Killing Londoners' road block in Brixton

 

 The have large posters telling drivers why the protest is takeing place and that it will only last a few minutes

 

 Among those taking part are four mothers with young children - greatly at risk from air pollution

 Most of London's air pollution comes from the heavy traffic on our streets

 and the worst effects are on young children, the elderly and those with lung problems

 People move off to walk to where the protest will take place

 

 and wait for everyone to be ready at the busiest crossing in Brixton, in front of the Underground station

 

 

 They walk onto the crossing to begin the protest

 and block the road, though a few motorcylists make their way through or round the protest

 One protester wears a gas mask

 

 and another speaks over the public address system they have brought about the critically high pollution levels

 on our streets that result in 10,000 premature deaths a year in London

 

 Children in buggies suffer more as pollution is higher close to the ground

The protesters ask drivers to cut their engines and reassure them the protest will only last a few minutes, but some
still get rather angry.

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