Warship's Thames Exercise

The Royal Navy's largest warship has sailed up the Thames to take part in military exercises ahead of the Olympic Games. The eight day 'Olympic Guardian' operation has also seen rapier missiles stationed in Blackheath and fighter jets in the skies.

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Olympic military exercise will 'create a climate of fear'

A campaign group says that Londoners will feel less secure as a result of a military training exercise taking place in the capital. Snipers, pilots and missile operators are being trained in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.

"This military presence in the city is unacceptable. Far from safeguarding Londoners as they go about their daily lives, they will bring a real fear of explosions and the prospect of these places becoming a target for terrorist attack.

"These manoeuvres taking place create a climate of fear in the city, and allow a future military presence to be established more easily.

"If the Olympic park needs security, this should be within the confines of the park and not forced on ordinary people in east and south London who have no say in the matter."

– Stop the War Coalition

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