Feminists set off attack alarms in City Hall to protest lack of Rape Crisis funding

// 15 July 2009

Five women snuck attack alarms into City Hall today, and set them off at just after 11.30am to protest London mayor Boris Johnson’s failure to deliver on his election pledge to boost funding for Rape Crisis Centres in the capital, reports the-sauce.org.

The alarms were set off as BNP GLA member Richard Barnbrook stood up to speak.

The protesters were wearing t-shirts painted with the slogan “rape crisis in crisis” in red as they sat in the public gallery of the GLA centre next to former mayor Ken Livingstone.

They linked arms but were eventually escorted out by security, allowing mayor’s question time to continue.

Beth Evans, 22, who has just graduated from King’s College and is a member of Mind the Gap London Student Feminists was among the protesters.

She said: “The total annual funding for Croydon Rape Crisis Centre is £250,000 which is the same amount Boris gets paid by The Daily Telegraph – what he calls ‘chicken feed.’

“The mayor has failed to keep his promise to voters that he would increase support for women who have suffered sexual violence.

Boris was answering questions from Green party GLA member Jenny Jones about the policing of rape in London and the funding of rape crisis centres.

You can see the full story on the-sauce.org.

(H/T to reader Brendan who sent in the link)

Comments From You

Jennifer Drew // Posted 15 July 2009 at 2:13 pm

How inconvenient for the London Assembly having attack alarms sounding as one of their members was about to speak.

Well done protestors because Boris Johnson clearly has no intention whatsoever on keeping to his pseudo mayoral election promise concerning providing adequate long-term funding for rape crisis centres in London.

There will be a rally outside the City Hall next Monday protesting against Johnson’s failure to keep his promises.

See link below for full details:


Cath Elliott // Posted 15 July 2009 at 7:19 pm

I just want to second Jennifer Drew’s comment and say well done and thank you to all those who took part in today’s action.

Pauline Simmonds // Posted 16 July 2009 at 11:18 am

No Free Speech For Fascists!

No To Male Violence!

Two of the slogans of 70’s socialist feminists, (unfortunately still very relevant), brought together very successfully by this brave and clever action. Brilliant.

Beth Evans // Posted 17 July 2009 at 3:58 pm

Please comment on the GLA’s consultation on violence against women online before Monday the 20th:


The rally will be from 12:30 to 14:30, Monday 20th outside the GLA, follow the link below for event information:


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