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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Protester sticks himself to British PM to show protest

In a unique protest, a protester, part of a group that protests against airport expansion and climate change, wanted to make the protest known to the world. What better way to do this than to use the occasion of a meeting with the British Prime Minister. So, the protester, who managed to get himself invited to 10, Downing Street for a small ceremony with the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, was to be invited for receiving an award from a charity. He used the traditional hand-shake for good effect, putting super-glue and causing the British Prime Minister to have his hand stuck for around 30 seconds more:

A protester who wanted his message to stick managed to superglue himself to the British prime minister Tuesday evening. Dan Glass was at 10 Downing Street to receive a charity's award for his work on transportation issues when he staged the unusual protest. Just before Prime Minister Gordon Brown presented him with the award, Glass squirted superglue in the palm of his left hand. He shook Brown's right hand and then grabbed the prime minister's sleeve.
"I've just superglued myself to your arm," Glass said he told Brown. "Don't panic. This is a non-violent protest." "I just wanted a few more minutes of his time to get the message across, because he's not listening to communities affected by airport expansion," Glass told CNN on Wednesday.

This was an interesting way of protest, non-violent. Glass was not immediately arrested or evicted, which just shows how a protest can cause embarrassment enough that the Prime Minister could not get him evicted.

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