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Protesters block Tower Bridge causing traffic jam—in protest at traffic pollution

PUBLISHED: 13:27 30 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:41 30 October 2017

The sit-down demo by seven campaigners on the iconic Tower Bridge later arrested. Picture: Stop Killing Londoners

The sit-down demo by seven campaigners on the iconic Tower Bridge later arrested. Picture: Stop Killing Londoners

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Protesters have brought traffic to a standstill on Tower Bridge in a protest over London air pollution.

Demonstrators cause gridlock at both ends of Tower Bridge in protest at air pollution, with City Hall close by. Picture: Stop Killing LondonersDemonstrators cause gridlock at both ends of Tower Bridge in protest at air pollution, with City Hall close by. Picture: Stop Killing Londoners

Police are negotiating with members of the ‘Stop Killing Londoners’ group who say they are determined to remain with their sit-down demo in the middle of the road on the iconic cantilever bridge.

Their protest has caused gridlock at the Tower Hill one-way system affecting traffic as far back as Aldgate, Whitechapel and Wapping on the north side of the Thames as well as Bermondsey on the south side.

“We won’t budge until we get arrested,” protester Lydia Wolf, 19, told the East London Advertiser.

“But the City Police who have been negotiating with us say they don’t want to arrest anyone. They would rather we left—but we’re staying put.”

Prtotest group's provious demo at Marble Arch on October 25. Picture: Stop Killing LondonersPrtotest group's provious demo at Marble Arch on October 25. Picture: Stop Killing Londoners

The campaigners turned up at 12.30pm and sat in the road, protesting that the Mayor of London’s proposed expansion of an ‘Ultra Low Emissions’ zone out to the North Circular and South Circular main routes “doesn’t go far enough” to tackle London’s air pollution.

The group also plans a ‘mock funeral’ on during this Wednesday evening’s rush-hour in The Strand.

Their last protest was at Marble Arch five days ago when one demonstrator was arrested.

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