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Anti Olympic missile protest in East London

Hundreds of East Londoners will hit the streets later today in protest at government plans to site missiles on local estates as part of security measures for the Olympic games.

The demonstration is calling for the ground to air missile plans to be scrapped.

Protesters will be addressed by councillors, trade union officials and local religious leaders before marching to Bow Quarter - one of the proposed missile sites - from 1pm.


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Six sites being considered for missile launchers during Olympics

The Ministry of Defence is considering six sites across London for the deployment of surface to air missle launchers during the Olympics.

The Lexington Building in Tower Hamlets and the Fred Wigg Tower in Waltham Forest have been identified as potential sites.

Also Blackheath Common and Oxleas Wood in South London, William Girling Reservoir in Enfield and Barn Hill in Epping Forest. Talks have already taken place with housing associations and residents. Organisers say it's to ensure a safe and secure Olympics.

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