Monday, May 23, 2005

Local anti war protest march and camp

This is what happens when we start to protest locally. Apparently we few unarmed protesters have no right to disrupt this local military community, who supposedly have a right to bomb Iraq, and invade another sovereign state with no support or endoresement from the International Community.

"Every protester was handed 5 sheets of A4 paper, each listing a series of instructions & restrictions under Sections 12 (about processions) & 14 (about assemblies) of the 1986 Public Order Act, and contained the following statement from Assistant Chief Constable John Donlon: �I reasonably believe that it [the assembly or procession] may result in serious disruption to the life of the community or that the purpose of the persons organising this public assembly is intended to intimidate others to do or not to do something they have a right.� Restrictions included the max no. of persons allowed present (400); no leafleting; no burning of effigies of other structures; no offensive placards to be displayed; along with defined routes and specific timings. In 25 years of protesting, I have never seen such a pre-emptive strike by the state. Practising for the G8 summit perhaps, or based on the sort of intelligence that took us to war in Iraq?"