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Greenpeace activists strap gas mask to Thierry Henry statue in protest against air pollution

Greenpeace activists have strapped a gas mask to the statue of Thierry Henry in a protest against air pollution.

The environmental charity are calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to do more to help the cause, and used the Arsenal legend’s effigy to get their message across.

The statue, which resides outside the Emirates Stadium in north London, wasn’t the only landmark in the capital to get such treatment.

Activists also left their mark on Nelson’s Column, the statue of Winston Chruchill and other monuments.

Greenpeace spokesman Ben Stewart told Mirror Football: “Air pollution is causing thousands of premature deaths every year in London, so we decided to fit famous statues with pollution masks.

The statue as it normally looks

“The thing is, most statues are of people who died decades ago, so to bring our protest up-to-date we also gave Thierry Henry a face mask. He’s a bit of an icon, though Spurs fans may disagree.”

He added: “If you do sport in London then you know air pollution is a big issue.”

A statement from the charity read: “Air pollution in the UK is responsible for cutting short 40,000 lives every year.

Greenpeace put a mask on the statue of Winston Chruchill

“It’s now a public health crisis, where children, the elderly and the most vulnerable people in our society are most affected by dangerous and toxic air.

“There isn’t a technological barrier stopping us from breathing cleaner air, we have the science and the tech know-how to put a stop to this crisis, what’s stopping us is lack of action from our politicians.”

To sign Greenpeace’s petition demanding action over air pollution in the UK, visit their page.

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