Adventure

Residents Sue U.K. Over Olympic Missiles

Plans to place them on apartment roofs

Tenants of an east London development are suing the U.K.'s Ministry of Defence to stop it from stationing surface-to-air missiles on their roof during the Olympics. Lawyers for the Fred Wigg Tower claim that the missile emplacements, which are to be staffed 24 hours a day, violate the residents' human rights because the tenants weren't consulted on the plan. "Could the MoD not find any other way of protecting the Olympic village than by putting the lives of hundreds of innocent council tenants at risk by turning their homes into a military battlefield position?" asked Martin Howe, the senior partner of Howe & Co, the firm advising the tenants. The Ministry of Defence said in a statement that they were aware of the pending legal action.

Read more at The Guardian

Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.
Contribute to Outside
Filed To: News
More Adventure