Man dives off Tower Bridge in Olympic taxi protest

By REUTERS
July 23, 2012 21:21

 
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LONDON - A man dived off London's historic Tower Bridge into the River Thames on Monday during a protest by taxi drivers over their exclusion from part of a special Olympic Games road network in the capital.

Police pulled the man from the water under the landmark bridge, from which Olympic rings were suspended to celebrate the 2012 London Games, and arrested him on a public order offense.

The Port of London Authority said the man, thought to be a taxi driver, was lucky to be alive after diving headfirst from the walkway about 8 meters (25 feet) above the water.

"This was an absolutely crazy thing to do. He could easily have killed himself," the spokesman said. "He has tied up a lot of resources and endangered others."

The man, who has not been named, had been taking part in a protest by London taxi drivers over a decision to keep them off part of a road network reserved for Olympic athletes, officials and journalists.

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