Protest the Pope march through London on day of Hyde Park mass

The Protest the Pope campaign has announced its large-scale march through London on Saturday 18 September – the day that the Pope will be holding his outdoor mass in Hyde Park.

The protest march will assemble at 1pm at Hyde Park Corner – Piccadilly Downslip (full details will be made available nearer the time). It will then proceed through central London and arrive in the vicinity of Parliament Square (details currently being discussed with New Scotland Yard).

This is in response to Ratzinger’s first event in London, on Friday 17th September, which will be at St Mary’s University College in Twickenham, just down the road from Richmond, where he will talk about his views on Education.

A spokesperson for the Protest the Pope Campaign said: “We reject the promotion of segregated education and state funding of faith schools.

This is why the Campaign will support a local coalition of associations based in South West London that are organising protests on the 17th September in Twickenham: a day that will be themed “Education Day”. The Protest the Pope campaign’s main target is not so much the right of the Pope to visit but his conduct over priestly child abuse and the exorbitant security cost to the hard pressed British taxpayer.

Tony Akkermans

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