14 November 2000
Fuel protesters home in on London
By Johann Tasker
DOZENS of lorries are set to converge on London as farmers and hauliers prepare for a rally against high fuel taxes at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park.
Organisers dismissed suggestions that their protest had run out of steam after about 100 vehicles set off from Wales late on Monday (13 November).
They are expected to join a smaller convoy of 20 vehicles which spent four days driving to London on a “go-slow” protest from Tyneside.
After lengthy negotiations with protest leader David Handley, police partially relaxed a ban preventing the convoy driving through the city.
Protestors will now park their vehicles on the eastbound section of the A40 in west London before continuing their journey to Hyde Park by public transport.
They are expected to be joined by other protestors travelling independently for a rally and march through the capital scheduled to take place at 12 noon.
However, fishermen called off a similar protest which would have seen a flotilla of boats sail up the Thames in a show of support for the farmers and hauliers.
The National Federation of Fishermens Organisations cancelled the demonstration in the wake of concessions announced by the government last week.