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September 2017

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Trafalgar Square blocked over pollution deaths

Trafalgar Square, London. 21st September 2017

 



 In their largest protest to date, Stop Killing Londoners blocked all 5 entrances to Trafalgar Square

 bringing traffic to a standstill in a protest against the high level of air pollution in London,

 Road traffic is the largest single source of air pollution, particularly NOx and particulates

 The banners say 'Stop Killing Londoners - Cut Air Pollution' and smaller ones explain the protest will be brief

 Drivers are asked to stop their engines while they wait for the protest to end, but most leave them running

 

 

 

 

 

 The only traffic around the square is a few cyclists

 

 Police watch but take no action

 There are other protesters handing out leaflets about the problem to drivers and pedestrians. After a few minutes
the protesters left the road and gathered on Trafalgar Square for a few minutes, before running on to the road again

 this time just stopping traffic on the east side of the square by South Africa House

 

 Again a banner tells drivers it will only be a few minutes of delay

 and a road block disco starts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police tell protesters its time to go - and they move off the road


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