2 March 2000
Pinochet protest halts pig vigil

By FWi staff

THE pig farmers vigil in Londons Parliament Square was halted on police advice on Thursday (02 March), following the release of Chilean ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet.

The farmers pig, “Winnie”, was moved to Reading early on Thursday morning, and the farmers were asked to take down their banners.

Police said they were concerned for the welfare of the pig should there be trouble at anti-Pinochet demonstrations in the square, opposite the Houses of Parliament.

The farmers hoped to return the pig and resume their vigil by Friday morning.

In the event, a small number of Chilean protestors, who had been staking out Senator Pinochets temporary home at Wentworth, Surrey, travelled to London to continue their action.

The pig-farmers vigil, at the foot of the statue of Winston Churchill, started on 3 February.

More than 1800 farmers have volunteered to take a shift at the vigil, which has collected over 600,000 signatures from the public, MPs and tourists.