Protests planned for Greenwich Olympic test event

  • Activitists are planning an orchestrated on-site protest during the Olympic test event (4-6 July) at Greenwich Park.

    Members of the campaign group NOGOE — No to Greenwich for Olympic Equestrian Events — are planning to protest twice daily in a bid to target riders and officials and convince them of the unsuitability of the site.

    NOGOE’s Sev D’Souza said: “We are holding these peaceful protests to get riders to see some of the shortcomings of the venue. We are hoping we can get them to think again and to ask questions of [Olympic organisers] LOCOG. The equestrian community is our last hope [to get the Games moved].”

    The protestors intend to convene at St Mary’s Gate, where riders and officials will enter the venue. NOGOE is concerned about damage to the park and how its use will impact on the local community.

    Horse & Hound will be on site at Greenwich for all four days of the test event with daily reports, blogs and photo galleries published online. A full report packed with expert analysis, plus reaction from the riders, will be published in Horse & Hound magazine (14 July issue)

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