On Saturday the 15th of November Stop the Killing organised the first ‘National Funeral for the Unknown Victim of Traffic Violence’ – A national protest and die-in against the deaths and lethal diseases caused by our motor transport system.
Members of Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign joined in with hundreds of other protesters for the day’s activities. The protest started with a procession down the length of Oxford Street to Marble Arch behind a lone piper and a horse-drawn hearse containing the symbolic coffin of the unknown victim. At Marble Arch we heard poetry, music and speeches from campaigners and from people who’s lives had been directly affected by traffic violence.
The speeches included a very moving speech from Dominique Vesco the mother of Marie Vesco a young woman killed whilst cycling on the A23 in Surrey in 2008. After the speeches a mass die-in was held while a lone trumpeter played the “Last Post” to mark the memory of the dead.
I would like to thank all the members of Stop the Killing who organised a very moving and effective protest, in particular local WFCC member Fred Smith who worked very hard to ensure the event was a success.
Information about the day including the speeches can be found at stopthekilling.org.uk.
Report by David Hamilton.
For more pictures from the protest – click here. You can also watch the ITV news coverage – here, the Evening Standard reported “Traffic brought to a standstill at Oxford Circus as thousands join road safety protest” in addition to coverage elsewhere.