Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Day 2 of Tyne Bridge Protest

Full Story: http://www.stopinjusticenow.com/News_0872.htm

Determined Rffj activist Simon Anderton spent a cold night perched on the Tyne Bridge wrapped in the father's day banner, the protest moves on to day 2 and Simon, who has no plans to come down, remains firmly in position on the Newcastle landmark. The press coverage is now national and ITV Tyne Tees featured the protest as their lead story on Sunday evening and Monday morning watch again here Rffj would like to say thanks for all the messages of support for this protest, they all will be passed on to Simon. A selection of online press below Chronicle Campaigner continues Tyne Bridge protest Jun 16 2008 by Linda Richards, Evening Chronicle Fathers4Justice protester Simon Anderton A CAMPAIGNER is today spending his second day perched on the top of the Tyne Bridge to highlight the plight of dads denied access to their children. Activist Simon Anderton, a member of Real Fathers for Justice, climbed 193ft to the top of the famous landmark just after 5am yesterday. The 44-year-old unfurled a Happy Fathers Day banner and dangled a dummy of a hanged man under the arch, which is said to symbolise the many men who commit suicide as a result of being denied access to their children and prolonged family court proceedings. A spokesman for the group said Mr Anderton, from Heaton, Newcastle, had enough supplies for a number of days and did not intend to come down. Mike Kelly defended Mr Andertons actions and denied it was a tasteless stunt. A lot of people who havent had the misfortunes of going through the family courts might think that, he said. The sad thing is that when you get married and you have children nobody expects that one day you are going to be denied contact with them. But the reality is that if your marriage or relationship goes wrong you might never ever see your children again.

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