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Animal rights activist remembered
Jill Phipps
Jill Phipps was killed at a protest at Coventry Airport
Animal rights protestors staged a peaceful march through Coventry to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of an activist killed during a protest.

Jill Phipps, 31, was crushed to death by a truck transporting livestock at Coventry's Baginton Airport in 1995.

The mother-of-one had been protesting against the live exports of veal calves from the airport.

Police estimate that about 150 to 200 people took part in the march through Coventry city centre, on Saturday.

Miss Phipps, an Animal Liberation Front supporter from Hillfields in the city, was crushed under the wheels of a livestock transporter at Baginton Airport on 1 February 1995.

'Peaceful celebration'

West Midlands Police said Saturday's march was peaceful and well organised.

Insp Brian Hornsby, said: "The march went well and without incident. It was well organised and they were true to their word that it would be a peaceful celebration. It was exactly that."

Many of the participants wore purple, adopted by campaigners as the colour to symbolise "suffering and justice for animals" during the live export protests.

The hour-and-a-half-long march also stopped at Coventry Cathedral - where Miss Phipps' funeral was held - to hear speeches and a didgeridoo performance by her partner, Justin Timson.

The march then continued with music and ended with a vegan feast in Swanswell Park in Hillfields.

A film about the protester's life was also shown for the first time.

Family friend and activist John Curtin said: "People have been really touched. They have been fazed by it but are really glad they came. We had a dignified day of remembrance.

"It made us more determined than ever to stay with the animal liberation movement. It was like one big family gathering."

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.




SEE ALSO:
Memorial marks campaigner's death
01 Feb 05 |  Coventry/Warwickshire


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