Activist dads were removed from Woolwich Arsenal DLR station in London after protesting against a poster they claim is ‘utterly offensive to men’.
Police were called to the station to remove two members of fathers rights campaign group New Fathers 4 Justice, the News Shopper reported. Terry Vooght and Bobby Smith stuck stickers and banners over the domestic violence poster, put up by Greenwich Council.
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The campaign group had previously said they would undertake ‘guerrilla style protests’ at stations that display the poster, which they describe as ‘utterly offensive, sexist and discriminatory’.
Mr Smith said:
We decided to come and cover the poster.
Transport for London and the Met Police were not happy.
There was mayhem at Woolwich station.
Four police cars and six police turned up to throw us out because we covered that sexist poster up.
Our version was better.
Greenwich Council have defended the poster, pointing out that it was a part of a wider campaign that used a variety of different slogans and images.
A spokesperson for the council said:
The council agrees that domestic violence is utterly unacceptable regardless of who is causing it.
We also recognise that the overwhelming majority of men are good fathers and role models to their children and this campaign is not meant to detract from that.
This is our third set of posters designed to help victims – both men and women – to come forward and seek help and they also show the impact it can have on young children.
This single poster was developed as a result of evidence which shows that fathers who are abusive to their partners are more likely seek help to change their behaviour if they are made to face up to the damaging effects their behaviour has on their children.
People suffering domestic violence should call Refuge on 0808 2000 247.