Fathers 4 Justice blockade threat
26th November 2007
By Sam Rkaina
South Wales Argus
PROTEST group Fathers 4 Justice has threatened to "close Wales
down" by blocking all traffic on both Severn Bridges.
The activists group that campaigns for fathers' rights
was allegedly due to stage a protest on the old Severn Bridge at
Chepstow on Saturday morning, but it failed to take place after
a conversation with the Argus on Friday night.
A Fathers 4 Justice member claimed the protest would probably
not take place because the special branch were "monitoring this
call" and he didn't want to tip them off.
Now the group's founder Matt O'Connor is
threatening potentially hugely disruptive direct action,
sometime this week.
The claim was made after a meeting between Fathers 4 Justice
members and Welsh and Work and Pensions Secretary Peter Hain MP
on Friday didn't go according to plan.
The group had previously threatened to attack Mr Hain's home,
handcuff him, superglue his door locks and scale his roof, but
called this off when they agreed to meet.
Now Mr O'Connor says the threat of action is back on, and could
involve a convoy of vehicles to stop traffic on the M4 and M48
bridges in and out of Wales.
"We aim to shut both bridges down entirely in the next seven
days," he said."We will close off Wales come hell or high water
and if they want to meet us face to face on the bridge that's