Protesters March to a Different Drummer
OXFORD, U.K.--A placard-waving crowd took to the streets here on 25 February with an unusual message: Support animal research. Several hundred people showed up, among them a few speakers from the University of Oxford faculty, including neurosurgeon Tipu Aziz (surrounded by a crowd, right). The idea for the rally came from 16-year-old Laurie Pycroft, who describes himself as an Internet blogger and fan of science. Angered by an encounter in January with protesters seeking to halt construction of Oxford's $34 million life sciences lab, Pycroft decided to respond with a pro-lab march. The idea caught on. The same day, opponents of the lab staged a rally several blocks away; police kept them apart. (Read more)
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