Report by Dee Boyle, NNN & KOLA U.K.
Copyright © 2001 Boyle
LONDON, ENGLAND - The Peltier Picnic and Vigil went really well on July 26th with around 45 people turning up. Lots of people had brought copies of the petition sheets with them already filled in and so these were added to the ones to hand in at the U.S. Embassy with the official letter from Native Nations Network (NNN).
We held a minutes silence for all those affected by the injustices of the USA Government and in particular for Leonard. We also all signed a greetings card to be sent direct to Leonard with our thoughts and prayers on it.
The picnic was from 12 to 2pm and a lot of people brought food to share. We sat in te shade of the trees as it really was an execptionally hot day in London. At 2pm we walked in silence over to the Embassy where we stayed from 2-30 to 7pm. At 3pm we handed in the petition as this was the time they had allocated us to have access to the Embassy. We had to move to a corner by the Embassy for a short while due to there being a bomb scare nearby. This actually worked in our favour as a lot more people saw us, took leaflets from us and asked us about what we were doing due to all the police and barracades being everywhere.
All in all we had a great day and even the police and a BBC cameramen filming a documentary took leaflets from us and talked about Leonard's case. All helped to raise the profile even more.