7 July 2011 – Three Fantastic Days of the NOGOE Protest at the Test Event – We are ecstatic about the popular support for and the media attention to our protests held on all three days of the Test Event.
Al Jazeera, ESPN Brasilia, Fox Sports Australia, Canadian tv, French tv, NZ tv all took the opportunity to include film footage of this example of the fine English tradition of street protests in their coverage of the Test Events in Greenwich.
Woolwich Hospital Radio, and some UK national and local media channels also filmed our placards and interviewed Sev and some of our supporters.
For a small community group, with no budget, the coverage that NOGOE received was remarkable.
The third day ended on an unexpected “high” for NOGOE when the equestrian Piggy French herself came down at 5.30pm to the protest line, fresh from being presented with the First Prize, to collect the placard that said “Go, Piggy, go”. We wished her well – at Windsor –
and, when we refused her offer to pay for the placard, she signed and gave us her Team GB cap and posed for photographs
So thank you to everyone to came to the protest, even if you could manage only a few minutes on your way to work; everyone who made placards or came up with brilliant ideas for placards,
who stored our placards between protest sessions, handed out leaflets, or who took photographs for the NOGOE Flickr page.
Thank you, too, to the Olympics division of the Met for their adroit, light-touch policing, enabling us to exercise our right to freedom of expression.