Crossing at the pedestrian crossing
Re-crossing at the pedestrian crossing
Total's profit = Burma's loss
Happy 50th birthday, CND!
After the last car has left
No need to queue today
Our new 'Beep 4 Burma' banner had the desired effect, and soon the air was filled with the cheery, and occasionally startling, sound of tooting horns. Using the pedestrian crossing to, er, cross (and re-cross) with our banner also worked well.
Many motorists changed their minds and drove right on after indicating for the petrol station; others drove in and straight out; some filled up and vowed never to return; just a few refused to take the leaflets. This is a petrol station that regularly has queues for petrol on a Saturday morning. Trade this morning was no more than a trickle, with the forecourt completely empty for long periods.
After the demo, one of the participants said: "By taking a stand I felt I could contribute to raising awareness of Total’s investment in Burma It was so empowering to see an empty forecourt and and realise that the people of Chester were no longer willing to give their money to a company that funds the Burmese junta."
In a rare piece of direct action by the authorities - supporting our efforts to encourage people to buy their petrol elsewhere - all motor traffic is going to be diverted well away from Hoole TOTAL garage from next week while the railway bridge is being repaired, so we might need to find another local TOTAL petrol station to visit. Suggestions on a postcard, please.