Saturday, June 18, 2005

The right to protest

Protesting within half a mile of the Mother of Parliaments can now result in a conviction under the Serious and Organised Crime and Police Act. Let's read that again: the Serious and Organised Crime Act is being used to remove a man who should be getting a medal, not being condemned as “an eyesore” for his four year protest outside Westminster. That single description shows the contempt which our masters hold us in.

The right to protest is vital to the functioning of democracy, but if our leaders say that we can protest, just not anywhere near them then what's the use? They need to see feelings of the people, listen and debate with them, rather than hiding in the ivory towers of the Palace of Westminster, protected by their concrete blocks and half-mile exclusion zones.

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