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Stop Killing Londoners with traffic fumes

London. Thu 5 Oct 2017


 Campaigners arrive at Oxford Circus and get out banners

 Then wlaqk into the road and block the entrances to the junction

 The banner makes clear what they are protesting about

 and a smaller one tells people it will be a brief protest and asks them to switch off their engines

 

 The banner across Regent St

 

 

 

 They were handing out leaflets which gave some details about the almost 10,000 early deaths each year

 in London because of pollution, mainly from traffic

 and there was a speech for those close enough to hear

 

 

 At the end of the five minute protest they left the road

 and walked along the pavement to Piccadilly Circuse

 The action here needed some planning, with traffic from several directions

 and the protesters split into groups to block several roads

 waiting at the traffic lights until the traffic stopped

 and then walking onto the road to hold up banners

 

 

 

 

 Soon all the traffic was stopped

 

 and again there was a speech explaining why as well as the banners and leaflets

 

 

 

 One of the protesters was pushed over by a pedestrian and others help her up

 

 

 

 As the protesters were leaving the road, one was attacked by a cyclist

 whose sweater had the word 'MONEY' written large across it - and posed as I photographed him

The protesters tell him the health of Londoners is important and we should all be protesting


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