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Tank takes to the streets in British parking 'war'

LONDON -- Traders in a British city have driven a tank around the streets to protest about proposed parking restrictions they fear could damage their businesses, the BBC reported Thursday.

The traders drove a 1942 Sherman tank through their area of Bristol, southwest England, on Wednesday in a bid to hammer home their message to the city mayor.

A placard hanging from the gun barrel read: “Clifton village traders defend their livelihoods.”

Mayor George Ferguson, who wants to impose a city-wide residents' parking zone scheme in a bid to clamp down on commuter parking, tweeted afterwards: “This is getting ridiculous.”

Under the scheme, residents would have to pay 48 pounds (US$80, 58 euros) a year for a permit, while some spaces would have a one-hour parking limit.

“We've chosen the tank because it represents power and a way to defend your territory when you go to war,” said organizer Tony Miles.

“The good people of Clifton are speaking out that something has to be done about parking,” he said.

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