Back in March, I speculated whether we will eventually see an announcement of the kind of “authorised protest zone” that has featured at every Olympic Games since Sydney in 2000. There's still no news on this, but I am now the proud owner of an 'Official Protester of the London 2012 Olympic Games' t-shirt (above) thanks to those perennial pranksters The Space Hijackers.
They figured that as, ludicrously, the 2012 Olympics has an official chemical company (Dow) and an official 'Oil and Gas Partner' (BP), then why not make the protesters official too? Their new 'Official Protester' website, launched today. is promoting tickets for the 'official protest' this summer:
As the official protesters of London 2012 the Space Hijackers don't want you to miss the opportunity to celebrate and be inspired. Taking place in venues across London you can now sign up to be part of the official protest of the games. You can make a start by registering your interest with us.Tickets to the official protest will be released by us in Spring 2012. Tickets to officially protest will be dispatched in Summer 2012.Get ready to be part of a lasting memory of London and the Games!
Anyone worried that they might face arrest wearing an 'Official Protester' t-shirt can relax - the London Olympic Games (Trading and Advertising) (England) Regulations 2011 do not apply to "advertising activity intended to demonstrate support for or opposition to the views or actions of any person or body of persons" or to "publicise a belief, cause or campaign".
Of course, that doesn't mean that you will find it easy getting into an Olympic venue wearing one, or that G4S security guards with insufficient knowledge of their powers won't take exception. But if you'd like to become a proud owner of the coolest t-shirt in London this summer, then make a point of signing up to find out more.