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Campaigners fighting plans for new residents-only parking zones around Bristol drove a tank down one of the city's main streets tonight.
The protest was to highlight a petition expressing "no confidence" in Mayor George Ferguson's handling of the scheme.
Mayor Ferguson rejected the groups concerns, which he described as of "no consequence". The petition was debated in tonight's meeting of Full Council but no vote was made and the system is set to continue.
People shopping in Bristol this afternoon may have been shocked to see a Sherman tank making its way down Park Street.
The display came courtesy of a group campaigning against the city's parking zones. The demonstrators were heading to College Green to support the fight for a vote of no confidence in Bristol Mayor George Ferguson's plans to control residents parking.
If you missed the spectacle, here it is:
Bristol Mayor George Ferguson will face a 'no confidence' debate later today over the way he's introduced residents' parking schemes.
Protesters have submitted a petition of more than 5000 signatures, enough to force a council debate.
Seven out of twelve proposed zones have now been approved, but campaigners argue they hit trade and force businesses to move.
Tonight's debate is purely a symbolic gesture, as the city's 70 councillors do not have the power to remove a directly-elected mayor from office.
Bristol's Mayor George Ferguson is facing a 'no confidence' debate over his leadership.
A petition started over Mr Ferguson's plans for residents parking zones has reached the three and a half thousand signatures needed to trigger a full council debate. It still has to be validated before it is presented to council.
As a directly-elected mayor, he cannot be ousted from office regardless of its outcome.