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Issue No. 1732

I can't stand the way big brand name companies smother us with their distorted view of the world. So I was really pleased when I heard about a protest organised against Gap in the centre of Bristol. Gap employs child labourers at 22p an hour while the executives get £15,000 an hour. The protest last week was amazing. Within minutes we had over 100 people outside Gap. This soon rose to 150 people, holding placards, petitioning and giving out leaflets.

I was really struck by the atmosphere of the protest. There were loads of fantastic young people who just appeared out of nowhere, many older people from all walks of life, a Labour councillor and people from the trades council. We soon ran out of petitions and leaflets, so we had a sit-down in front of the shop.

Activists opposed to the siting of a waste dump in a residential area in Islington, north London, blocked traffic on Wednesday of last week and handed out 2,000 leaflets to motorists and passers-by. The leaflet pointed out that the waste dump, part of Arsenal football club's redevelopment plans, will massively increase heavy traffic in what is already a pollution hotspot.

Hundreds of people protested outside the US embassy in London on Saturday against George W Bush's plans to build the 'Son of Star Wars' missile system.

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Sat 27 Jan 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1732
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