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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 February, 2005, 14:34 GMT
March to honour animal campaigner
Jill Phipps
Jill Phipps was killed at a protest at Coventry Airport
Animal rights protestors marched through Coventry to mark the 10th anniversary of a woman's death who was killed during a protest.

Jill Phipps, a mother-of-one, was crushed under the wheels of a livestock transporter at Coventry's Baginton Airport on 1 February 1995.

The 31-year-old had been protesting against the live exports of veal calves from the airport.

Family and friends marched through Coventry city centre on Saturday.

Flowers were laid near to where the 31-year-old, an Animal Liberation Front supporter from Hillfields, died on Thursday by her mother Nancy and others.

March in silence

Marchers were being urged to wear purple, adopted by campaigners as the colour to symbolise "suffering and justice for animals" during the live export protests.

Family friend and activist John Curtin said the first half of the march would be conducted in silence, except for a single drumbeat and marchers will be divided up to represent "various aspects of animal cruelty", including hunting, vivisection and circuses.

The march will stop at Coventry Cathedral, where Miss Phipps' funeral took place on St Valentine's Day 1995 before resuming with music before it finishes in Swanswell Park, Hillfields, with a vegan feast.

A film about the protester's life will also be shown for the first time while a poem about her by Benjamin Zephaniah will be read.

Miss Phipps, from the Hillfields area of Coventry, and her partner, Justin, were among 34 campaigners trying to prevent freight company Phoenix Aviation exporting veal calves from the airport.




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