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London Citizens’ launch 19 CitySafe peace rallies for 2012 Olympics

PUBLISHED: 12:28 08 June 2012 | UPDATED: 12:39 08 June 2012

A ‘Hundred Days of Peace’ campaign is being launched tomorrow (Sat) by the London Citizens’ community network in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics—50 days before the Games and 50 days after.

Its aim is to get more shops, offices and public buildings to sign up to its register of ‘safe havens’ for people in trouble in the streets.

The Citizens’ network of community organisations and voluntary groups is holding 19 rallies across London to launch the 100 days—inspired by the truce that was called 50 days before and after the ancient Olympic Games in Greece to allow athletes to reach the competition and return safely.

One event being staged by the East London Citizens’ group is 150 volunteers and anyone else who wants to join them grouped together in the shape of the word ‘peace’ for an aerial photograph to be taken from the Met Police helicopter hovering above.

It takes place at Watney Market in Watney Street, off Commercial Road, at 12 noon.

The photo is being used to publicise a map listing all the safe havens that London Citizens plans to distribute through schools and other community organisations this summer.

Other events being staged include a CitySafe football competition between youth clubs in Shoreditch Park, just off New North Road near Hoxton.

Rallies also take place at four of the sites of major rioting last August, Woolwich town centre, Clapham Junction, Reeves’ Corner in Croydon—supported by Maurice Reeves and family whose furniture store was burned down—and Tottenham including Spurs stadium.

In the West End, a large Chinese dragon and drummers take over China Town in Soho and spell out ‘CitySafe’ in Chinese.

There will also be a ‘flash dance’ at Euston main-line station, which is becoming a CitySafe zone, being announced to passengers arriving on trains throughout the morning, and a ‘cake bake’ and music outside St Paul’s Church in Hammersmith.

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