Londoners against Olympic missiles

This video from Britain is called London 2012 Olympics: Plans to Put Surface-to-Air Missiles on Residential Flats.

By Paddy McGuffin in England:

Residents launch legal bid to block roof missile plans

Thursday 28 June 2012

Council tenants in east London began legal proceedings today over the proposed siting of surface-to-air missiles on the roof of their tower block during the Olympics.

Solicitors instructed by the residents’ association at the Fred Wigg Tower in Leytonstone have lodged papers for the action at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Harrow Community Support is seeking an injunction to prevent the ground-based air defence system being stationed above the heads of families living in the block.

It is also applying for judicial review on the grounds that residents’ human rights were breached as they were not consulted over the proposals.

The tenants’ lawyers will argue before the courts there has been no “fair and proper consultation process.”

They have also accused the Defence Secretary of breaching article 8 and article 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

They want the Ministry of Defence prevented from installing the missile system until there has been a proper consultation process and an equality impact assessment carried out which takes into account the needs of disabled residents.

Howe and Co senior partner Martin Howe said: “It is incredible that the MoD thinks it’s acceptable to present women, children and men living in a block of flats in a densely populated residential area of east London with the fait accompli of having a live high-explosive missile salvo above their heads while while they sleep at night.

“Security of the Olympics is of course extremely important but could the MoD not find any other way of protecting the Olympic village than by putting the lives of hundreds of innocent council tenants at risk by turning their homes into a military battlefield position?”

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4 thoughts on “Londoners against Olympic missiles

  1. London bus drivers to be re-balloted on strikes over Olympic Games bonus

    Around 4,000 London bus drivers are to be balloted again after a high court injunction prevented staff at three operators taking industrial action over Olympic Games bonuses. The transport workers are seeking a £500 bonus for extra work during the multi-billion pound Olympic Games.

    Three operators secured an injunction over alleged ballot irregularities last week, although thousands of drivers at 17 other operators went ahead with strikes last Friday.

    The Unite union confirmed the re-ballot as “groups of supporters staged protests outside depots used by the three operators involved in the high court ruling,” according to the Guardian newspaper.

    Transport for London (TfL)—the corporate operator of the capital’s subway and bus networks—said the impromptu protests had disrupted 33 services. TfL is expected to make tens of millions of pounds in extra bus revenues during the Olympics.

    The Guardian reported: “It is also understood that bus operators have sounded out TfL about a contribution towards an Olympic bonus, but TfL has made clear that the ODA [Olympic Delivery Authority] fund will be the limit of any taxpayer-backed contribution.”

    Further strike dates are expected to be announced in a dispute that could include up to 29,000 workers.


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