22 June 2012
The Rapier and Starstreak missiles that the MoD is planning to deploy have a range of 3-4 miles. If they were to be used they would be aimed at targets over some of the most densely-populated areas in London, potentially causing large numbers of casualties.
The 'Stop the Olympic Missiles' campaign, which demands the plans are scrapped immediately, was launched in East London at a public meeting in May. Activists have been protesting, campaigning and petitioning on the streets against the positioning of missiles in residential areas of London.
Residents have serious concerns about such a disaster, the possibility of accidents, and the fact that the deployment of missiles is accompanied by the presence of armed soldiers and dangerous equipment in our communities.
There is a demonstration assembling at 1pm on 30 June at Wennington Green, Mile End Park, E3 5SN