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http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/laurie-penny-fight-for-your-right-to-be-heard-2281185.html

This morning, 138 peaceful protesters were scheduled to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court. They were charged with aggravated trespass after occupying Fortnum & Mason on 26 March in order to voice their opposition to corporate tax avoidance alongside activist group UKUncut.

Most of the cases will now be adjourned until September, and many may be quietly dropped. That will not stop hundreds from gathering for a rally outside the court to defend this peaceful, media-friendly activist group. Many believe that the point of the charges was never to lock up criminals, but to make an example of UKUncut by frightening and inconveniencing its members as much as possible.

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UKUncut seem to have been singled out for police harassment. Far fewer arrests were made of those who committed unrelated acts of violent property damage on the day of the anti-cuts protest, whereas all I saw damaged inside Fortnum & Mason's was a single chocolate rabbit.

However, the group's core argument, that the state could save billions by pursuing corporate tax avoidance instead of cutting public services, is gaining ground. It is an argument so compelling that top economists and even, this week, the Royal Family's lawyers, have taken up the fight against wealthy companies "raiding the public purse" as the poorest are hit by spending cuts. Thousands of ordinary people, from octogenarians to toddlers, have been mobilised by this simple message.

The coalition is far more frightened by UKUncut's friendly model of popular resistance to government spending plans than by any overprivileged idiot swinging from the Cenotaph. This is why the group needed to be discredited, with key members effectively gagged by their ongoing court cases. Meanwhile, a concerted campaign is under way in the tame tabloid press to portray UKUncut and other peaceful protesters as thuggish and alien, making it seem as if only a "violent minority" disagrees with the Government's cuts, rather than at least 54 per cent of the population, according to the latest YouGov poll.

Looks like the govt is moving to stop people getting the buzz of peaceful protest, we can't have that in a democracy lets jail the radicals.

Keep the bankers free.

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Last week i did hear the fateful words on BBC news that in the aftermath of the Hollywood blockbuster Navy Seals do Abbottobad that with the heightened terrorist threat that “people should be wary of gathering in large numbers”.

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It's all a joke, they give us a referendum on some stupid voting system and not on things that actually matter like the eu.

It's all a joke, they give us a referendum on some stupid voting system, and may if necessary distract us with a vote on something else that doesn't really matter, the EU. But they never give us a say on the things that do matter, such as corporate tax avoidance. Hence the OP. :)

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It's all a joke, they give us a referendum on some stupid voting system and not on things that actually matter like the eu.

+ 1,000,000

Problem is they've managed to convince half the population that the EU doesn't matter, and by the time they notice it will be too late. We will have to endure 30 years of soviet style serfdom before eventually the thing eats itself in a violent revolution.

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It's all a joke, they give us a referendum on some stupid voting system and not on things that actually matter like the eu.

You have to admire the genius of it though - a question with a yes/no answer, where both answers are wrong and irrelevant.

It takes a special kind of politician to come up with something like that

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+ 1,000,000

Problem is they've managed to convince half the population that the EU doesn't matter, and by the time they notice it will be too late. We will have to endure 30 years of soviet style serfdom before eventually the thing eats itself in a violent revolution.

Youve got to FIGHT... for your right...... to Pilllllchhhardsssss

yeah up the revolution, free love man, grooovvvyyyyyy

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Looks like the govt is moving to stop people getting the buzz of peaceful protest, we can't have that in a democracy lets jail the radicals.

Keep the bankers free.

Soon they'll be made to wear yellow stars in public for our own protection.

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Why does authority never learn the simple lesson that creating hero's and victims is like pouring petrol on flame? For every one of these people they prosecute they will create ten more who will rally to the cause- if only because of all the publicity.

If the aim of the protest was to call attention to their argument then they have succeeded to a degree they might not have imagined. :lol:

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Why does authority never learn the simple lesson that creating hero's and victims is like pouring petrol on flame? For every one of these people they prosecute they will create ten more who will rally to the cause- if only because of all the publicity.

If the aim of the protest was to call attention to their argument then they have succeeded to a degree they might not have imagined. :lol:

Spot on.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/laurie-penny-fight-for-your-right-to-be-heard-2281185.html

Looks like the govt is moving to stop people getting the buzz of peaceful protest, we can't have that in a democracy lets jail the radicals.

Keep the bankers free.

And you'll notice that when they do pin something on someone - like the guy from the student protests, or another one in Bristol - they get whacked with the maximum custodial sentence possible.

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And you'll notice that when they do pin something on someone - like the guy from the student protests, or another one in Bristol - they get whacked with the maximum custodial sentence possible.

Or murdered by police beforehand.

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