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Knife crime ‘Shutdown’ protesters promise fresh action

03 May, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

Photographs of knife crime victims were held up on the Operation Shutdown march in April

CAMPAIGN group Operation Shutdown is staging a week-long peaceful protest outside the Home Office, demanding action on knife crime.

Between May 27 and June 2, events will target the home secretary Sajid Javid’s office in Marshal Street.

It follows a demonstration of hundreds of people, including bereaved mothers, that blocked off Westminster Bridge, calling for the authorities to do more about the stabbings.

Organiser Elaine Donnellon said: “Operation Shutdown wrote to Sajid Javid and Theresa May outlining our 15 demands and a call for a Cobra meeting. That was the Easter bank holiday and we’ve heard nothing since.

“Because the daily violence and slaughter on the streets continues and appears to be getting worse, we feel literally no choice but to call another protest which is a week-long peaceful protest, non-violent, direct action.”

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