Protest march against Olympic missiles at Blackheath and Oxleas Wood

Protest march against Olympic missiles

Protesters march against surface-to-air missiles from Oxleas Wood to Blackheath

Protesters march against surface-to-air missiles from Oxleas Wood to Blackheath

First published in London Olympics 2012 - Latest News Herald Series: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

PROTESTERS against the installation of surface-to-air missiles for the Olympics marched from Oxleas Wood to Blackheath on Saturday to cheers and hoots from supportive residents.

Around 140 people joined the 4.2 mile march between the two proposed sites for Rapier missiles amid fears locals will be put in grave danger if the weapons are fired.

The missiles were unveiled at Blackheath last month and are expected to return in time for the Olympics to defend the city against a worst-case scenario 9/11-style attack, according to the MoD.

Bearing placards and waving peace flags, the demonstrators strode down the middle of Shooters Hill and along the South Circular Road which police cornered off for the event.

Residents and local groups backed the two hour march organised by Greenwich and Bexley Trades Council (GBT), Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Stop the War.

Troops numbered 60 at the start and gathered supporters en route.

GBT spokesman Dave Putson said: "It was really good natured. There was a hell of a lot of support from people driving by.

"People were tooting their horns, shouting and saying 'carry on!'".

He added: "There has been an absolutely deafening silence from the military.

"We are still waiting for Philip Hammond to tell us why he thinks it is appropriate to place the missiles in our communities.

"They keep calling it ‘collateral damage’ but that basically means death and destruction."

Nearly 100 signatures were collected at Plumstead Make Merry festival for the wider South London Against Missiles campaign which is also running an online petition with GBT.

Woolwich and Riverside ward councillor John Fahy said: "People are obviously very worried about missiles being positioned in the centre of South East London communities and in Oxleas Wood.

"It is undemocratic and unfair that people were never consulted about this."

Responding to news of the protest, an MoD spokesman told News Shopper: "The MoD has conducted a number of engagements with local council officials and community groups to explain the requirement for using Ground Based Air Defence Systems as part of the Air Security Plan for the Olympics.

"We are now waiting for a decision to be made by the Government on whether they will be used. The MoD will conduct further engagement with local council and community groups if the decision is made to deploy Ground Based Air Defence Systems."

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4:48pm Mon 11 Jun 12

the wall says...

They keep calling it ‘collateral damage’ but that basically means death and destruction."

No it doesn't.

I would just like to say that these people do not represent me in any way, shape or form. Think of the time money and resources that these people have wasted. For something that is going ahead no matter what they say or do.
They keep calling it ‘collateral damage’ but that basically means death and destruction." No it doesn't. I would just like to say that these people do not represent me in any way, shape or form. Think of the time money and resources that these people have wasted. For something that is going ahead no matter what they say or do. the wall
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12:24am Tue 12 Jun 12

apak24 says...

in 2010 there was 228,500 people living in the bourgh of greenwich, You have 100 people who signed a petition, and 140 people joined in the march thats 240 people. Thats less than 0.1% of the population of greenwich. And as the first post stated they do not represent the majorty, so get over it as you aint going to change nothing...
in 2010 there was 228,500 people living in the bourgh of greenwich, You have 100 people who signed a petition, and 140 people joined in the march thats 240 people. Thats less than 0.1% of the population of greenwich. And as the first post stated they do not represent the majorty, so get over it as you aint going to change nothing... apak24
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8:56am Tue 12 Jun 12

longshanks2 says...

What a waste of money the games are in the first place, for the money the games cost, they could have put a lot of people back into work.
What a waste of money the games are in the first place, for the money the games cost, they could have put a lot of people back into work. longshanks2
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10:30am Tue 12 Jun 12

bible scoffer says...

...olympic games ? yawn!!
...olympic games ? yawn!! bible scoffer
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12:29pm Tue 12 Jun 12

beatrix2002 says...

apak24 wrote:
in 2010 there was 228,500 people living in the bourgh of greenwich, You have 100 people who signed a petition, and 140 people joined in the march thats 240 people. Thats less than 0.1% of the population of greenwich. And as the first post stated they do not represent the majorty, so get over it as you aint going to change nothing...
Just because only 100 people were on the march and 140 people joined in does not mean to say that they were not the majority. There would also be people who were not able to make it and who did not sign the petition who are against the missiles. I dont see any pro olympic missile groups marching? Maybe you should do that and see how many you get?
In regards to your comment on "getting over it as you aint going to change anything".......many people protest for a number of things and things do change......black equal rights, women getting the vote, The Arab Spring (only last year), The march on Washington, FAll of the Berlin Wall.......I could go on........
A nice poem for all to remember by Pastor Niemoller ...
First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because i was not a Jew.
Then they came for the communists
and i did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists
and I did not speak out
Because i was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.
[quote][p][bold]apak24[/bold] wrote: in 2010 there was 228,500 people living in the bourgh of greenwich, You have 100 people who signed a petition, and 140 people joined in the march thats 240 people. Thats less than 0.1% of the population of greenwich. And as the first post stated they do not represent the majorty, so get over it as you aint going to change nothing...[/p][/quote]Just because only 100 people were on the march and 140 people joined in does not mean to say that they were not the majority. There would also be people who were not able to make it and who did not sign the petition who are against the missiles. I dont see any pro olympic missile groups marching? Maybe you should do that and see how many you get? In regards to your comment on "getting over it as you aint going to change anything".......many people protest for a number of things and things do change......black equal rights, women getting the vote, The Arab Spring (only last year), The march on Washington, FAll of the Berlin Wall.......I could go on........ A nice poem for all to remember by Pastor Niemoller ... First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because i was not a Jew. Then they came for the communists and i did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists and I did not speak out Because i was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me. beatrix2002
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