The Government has decided to ban a peaceful march called by the Stop the War Coalition on 8 October. The protest has been called to demand all the troops withdrawn from Iraq immediately. The police have said all protests within one mile of Parliament are now prohibited. This is an affront to democratic rights and contradicts the Prime Minister’s commitment to liberalising protest laws. We urge the authorities to review this decision.
(Source: Stop the War Coalition Online)
When the Burmese regime stifles peaceful marches, that’s bad.
When the British regime attempts to stifle peaceful marches by inventing new laws, that’s good.
This is how the liberty-loving, Burma-condemning British government upholds our freedom:
Scotland Yard was accused of stifling protest and of “huge overkill” after the disclosure that 78 police officers had been used in the operation to remove placards from the anti-war demonstrator Brian Haw.
The early-morning raid by the Metropolitan Police to dismantle a wall of banners and flags on Parliament Square, outside the House of Commons, on Tuesday cost £7,200.
(Source: The Independent)
Read those figures again.
78 police officers.
Why shouldn’t we demonstrate outside Parliament if it’s peaceful? Why has this government instituted a law to literally silence protest by excluding it from their earshot? Aren’t our MPs paid by us to listen to what we say?
The criminalisation of the October 8th demo is another example of how our government is moving the goalposts, trying to criminalise dissent in this country.
Which is, of course, good.
Only idealistic fools would want to march to save lives on October 8th.
See you there! 😀