Important practical Information for those attending the RFR Protest on Thursday 16th September

Sep 12, 2021 | Campaign Updates, News

Important practical Information for those attending the RFR Protest on Thursday 16th September
We’ve been liaising with the Police and Downing Street Officials and have finalized the arrangements.
Meeting Point:
Richmond Terrace – opposite the gates of Downing Street
SW1 2NJ – see photo attached
Meeting Time: 12:30pm
Petition Delivery Time: 1pm
Duration of Protest from 1pm to 4pm
will be wearing red arm bands on the day so approach them if you have questions or need assistance
Group Management and Social Distancing
The area opposite Downing Street referred to as the “Protest Pen” holds approximately 100 people, however, we will limit this to fifty in order to allow for social distancing.
As discussed with the police – there is ample room for all those attending to spread out on the wide / long pavements either side. People can also stand either side of the Downing Street Gates. However, pedestrians should not be hindered from using the footpaths.
Picture identifying locations for our demonstration
Toilets and refreshments
As there are no shops in the immediate vicinity so please ensure you bring ample supplies of water, food etc to see you through the afternoon.
As far as we can establish the nearest public toilets are at Leicester Square or Charing Cross train station. We got this information from the police – but it would be really helpful if you could look into this and confirm in the comments below.
There are pubs at either end of Whitehall : The Red Lion and Silver Cross. However, our contact thinks that the Red Lion has only a toilet below stairs. Again it would be good if someone could check this out and comment below.
Risk management
Please be mindful that we are not an official organisation – we’re campaigners and therefore all those attending do so as individuals. With this in mind you need to be responsible for your own safety and manage your own risks on the day.
Tips from those in the know!
If you’re local or a frequent visitor to the area and have useful advice or tips on things such as toilets etc. please comment via our Facebook page  to help others. It’s going to be a great day – so many have now committed both on and off FB. We can’t wait to stand with you in a sea of blue RFR tops and make some waves next Thursday. Thanks so much for making a huge effort. It’s still not too late to book a ticket to join us.
This is a one off chance for you to send a message to the Government. Even if we had the desire to do another – which is doubtful – the looming possibility of Autumn / Winter restrictions is likely to make another protest impossible.
Momentum is building again in the media – many will be present on the day and as you’ll be aware we’re getting good coverage in the lead up. Myself, Jenny and the Team are really looking forward to meeting you all.
See you there.  Diane and Jenny



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