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United Kingdom: Heathrow third runway: Thousands join protest

Thousands of demonstrators have taken part in a carnival-style protest against the proposed expansion of Heathrow, the world's busiest airport.

Source:  Copyright 2008, Telegraph
Date:  May 31, 2008
Byline:  Olga Craig
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Climate change, increasing noise pollution and congestion have united environmental groups and more than 20 councils against the government-backed BAA plan for a third runway and a sixth terminal.

More than 3,000 turned out for what was dubbed the Make A Noise Carnival, walking from Hatton Cross in west London to Sipson, the village that will be obliterated if the planned third runway goes ahead.

The mood was jocular and good humoured, despite the strong feelings the proposed expansion has evoked.

In a village field, as bands played, the protestors gathered to form a huge NO, which they expected to be visible from passing aircraft.

Many came in fancy dress and on stilts and paraded behind brass bands.

John Stewart, chairman of Heathrow anti-noise and anti-expansion group Hacan said: "Heathrow has never before seen a spectacle like this. Coaches have come from as far away as Manchester and ...

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