Monthly Archives: September 2008

Pics from Labour Party Conference flashmob

From the Manchester Evening News:

PROTEST groups descended on the Labour Party conference to oppose the expansion of Manchester Airport and raise support for ex-British Gurkha soldiers.

A flash mob, from the new environmental pressure group Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport (SEMA), staged a colourful protest to coincide with the fringe debate ‘Can politicians save the planet and get re-elected?’

About 100 protesters, with support from London campaigners opposed to the expansion of Heathrow airport, removed coats and jumpers to reveal bright red protest T-shirts outside Manchester town hall.

Bemused passers-by stopped and stared as protesters spelt out the words ‘take the trains’.

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Lunchtime FLASHMOB against Airport Expansion

A flashmob to protest against the expansion of Heathrow, Manchester and all UK airports is being called to coincide with the Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

Tuesday 23rd September
12.45pm (sharp!)
@ Albert Square, outside Manchester Town Hall

What’s a flashmob?
A flashmob is a gathering that suddenly emerges out of nothing and then melts away nearly as quickly as it’s formed.  They’re usually quite short, about 10-15 minutes. They are fun, peaceful and legal.

Turn up outside Manchester Town Hall and, at precisely 12.45pm, reveal your red T-shirt.  Keep it covered before hand!

It will all be over by 1.00pm

3 ways to get your free ‘Stop Airport Expansion’ T-Shirt

1.  Email, or
2.  Meet at Friends Meeting House (Mount St) at 12.15pm and collect one, or
3.  Make your own!  Or just wear a red T-shirt!

The Flash Mob is also the public launch of the newly-formed Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport group (SEMA).

For more info see:

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Decision day flashmob at Heathrow Terminal Five: Oh No You Don’t!

We are expecting Ruth Kelly to announce the Government’s decision about Heathrow expansion in either November or December.

Whenever the announcement is made, there will be a Flash Mob on the first Saturday after the announcement at midday (prompt!) at Heathrow Terminal 5.

A sea of t-shirts will be a visible sign that we intend to up the pressure! More info to be posted shortly.

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