Anti-war protester Maria Gallastegui to keep up fight
An anti-war campaigner has vowed to brave the cold to continue her protest outside the Houses of Parliament despite police removing her tent and sleeping bag.
Maria Gallastegui, 53, pledged to remain in Parliament Square after the High Court lifted an injunction, leaving Westminster Council free to clear her camp. Her tent was the last remaining of the anti-war demonstration in the heart of the capital.
On Thursday night she slept on a board under tarpaulin and a borrowed a sleeping bag before police came to remove it at 3am.
"The police came and told me to stop using the sleeping bag, saying they would summons me," Ms Gallastegui said.
"I had to surrender it but I had binbags to wrap round my body. I couldn't sleep though because it was freezing, so at 6am I had to get up and have a hot drink. I am determined to do it again tonight and carry on as normal, but I will get a cheap sleeping bag because I know they will take it when they come back. I would like them to arrest me so I can go to a cell and be warm."
The protester said she was determined to go to the Court of Appeal and then on to Strasbourg in her bid to continue her demonstration.