The mayor was selling his e book Breathe on the Royal Competition Corridor on Wednesday evening – however was interrupted by round 10 protesters, who had been offended in regards to the deliberate enlargement of the Extremely low emission zone (Ulez).
Talking on Thursday, Mr Khan mentioned: “I had an ideal evening final evening, it was a very good expertise – one in all my most memorable nights over the previous few years.
“Not simply because family and friends had been there – my group had been there, inexperienced activists had been there, a few of the world’s main consultants had been there, parliamentarians had been there, so I had a stunning evening, and it was masterfully chaired by James O’Brien.
“A handful of protesters aren’t going to spoil what was an ideal occasion.”
Requested if he was anxious about additional such protests within the run-up to the subsequent mayoral election in Could 2024, he mentioned: “In a democracy, persons are entitled to protest – I feel that’s nice. So long as you don’t use offensive language or act in a violent means.
“I feel one of many joys of dwelling in a democracy is that individuals can protest. We even have, in a democracy, elections the place you possibly can select leaders and mayors.
“I’m trying ahead to the subsequent marketing campaign and am hoping Londoners will lend me their belief like they did within the final two.”
The protesters at Wednesday’s ticketed occasion interrupted the mayor whereas he learn extracts from his e book, together with throughout a bit in regards to the dying of nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah in 2013, which impressed him to scrub up the capital’s poisonous air.
When one man shouted that it was “a lie” that Ella’s dying had been attributable to air air pollution, he was eliminated by the venue’s safety workers.
At one stage, one in all Mr Khan’s brothers, who was sat along with his spouse close to the protesters, stood up and instructed them to be quiet. One man approached him, threatening a combat.
A second man was evicted shortly earlier than 9pm after shouting obscenities at Mr Khan. The remainder of the group then left.
Mr Khan is planning to increase the Ulez from August 29 to cowl all London boroughs, though a Excessive Court docket listening to which may probably derail that timeframe is deliberate for July.
The mayor has insisted enlargement is critical to stop the contribution air air pollution makes to the untimely dying of 1000’s of Londoners yearly.
Nevertheless, opponents of the Ulez enlargement say it should have little influence on general air pollution ranges however will hit folks’s pockets throughout a cost-of-living disaster.
Drivers of automobiles that don’t meet minimal emissions requirements are charged a £12.50 each day charge for getting into the zone.