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Protest Outside Parliament - Lone Protests Next Week?

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http://arts.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1857181,00.html

"Comedian calls for 'mass lone demonstration'

Alexi Mostrous

Thursday August 24, 2006

The Guardian

Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to gather in Parliament Square next

Thursday to take part in a unique protest. The subject: absolutely anything.

Opponents of war, fur, fees, developing world debt - whatever - will come

together for what has been called a "mass lone demonstration" by its

organisers.

The stunt is designed to subvert the government's widely criticised ban on

taking part in protests within a kilometre of parliament without prior

police authorisation. Each participant is being encouraged to apply to the

police for a "lone protest" licence (one demonstrator holding one placard),

in the hope that the constabulary will be overrun by having to grant huge

volumes of individual licences. The police cannot refuse an application made

at least six days in advance.

The organiser, comedian and political campaigner Mark Thomas, said: "What we

hope to achieve is to put a sense of fun and play into protest. We want the

police and the politicians to know that these laws preventing us from

peaceful protest are ridiculous. The government needs to know that it has

passed bad law." But he warned that any protester without a licence could

face a £5,000 fine and even prison. "The deadline for applying to the police

is today."

The ban was drawn up last year in an unsuccessful attempt to evict Brian Haw

from Parliament Square, where he had staged a protest for more than four

years. Last year it resulted in the conviction of Maya Evans, 25, for

reading out the names of 97 British soldiers who died in Iraq.

Critics have denounced the law, part of the Serious Organised Crime and

Police Act, for undermining free speech and have accused police of

inconsistency in its application. "Surely these new security laws were not

intended to protect parliamentarians from hearing peaceful protesters," said

Doug Jewell, Liberty's campaign coordinator. "Freedom of expression is too

precious to be marginalised in this way."

At Charing Cross police station, PC Gary Smith said he was aware of Mr

Thomas's plans. "We can't refuse a demonstration but we can impose any

conditions we think fit. But until the applications come in I can't

comment.""

Edited by SarahBell

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Oh if only I was in the UK....

I would be there in my HousePriceCrash t-shirt, waving the www.housepricecrash.co.uk banner.

... ofcourse displaying the logo and standing shoulder to shoulder with the Global place...

we are all part of the same family.

CAS.

Go to your local T-shirt printing shop... save the website(s) logo(s) on your memory sticks...

have the shirts ready by next thursday! yay!

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Oh if only I was in the UK....

I would be there in my HousePriceCrash t-shirt, waving the www.housepricecrash.co.uk banner.

... ofcourse displaying the logo and standing shoulder to shoulder with the Global place...

we are all part of the same family.

CAS.

Go to your local T-shirt printing shop... save the website(s) logo(s) on your memory sticks...

have the shirts ready by next thursday! yay!

I might pop along wearing a "quite-content-with-the-state-of-affairs-in-general" T-shirt.

Or possible a generic "down with this sort of thing" placard, with a "how's my protesting? call xxxxx" sticker underneath :P

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I might pop along wearing a "quite-content-with-the-state-of-affairs-in-general" T-shirt.

Or possible a generic "down with this sort of thing" placard, with a "how's my protesting? call xxxxx" sticker underneath :P

This is the point - that you can't just "pop along" you have to apply for permission to protest - wearing a t-shirt or placard giving a message could get you locked up under blair's nubritain.

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What a brilliant idea. :lol:

Thousands of us apply for licenses and really piss the government off. B)

If I wasn't working next Thursday I'd be in. :angry:

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wearing a t-shirt or placard giving a message could get you locked up under blair's nubritain.

Just so. Recall that chap who got busted for carrying the photocopy of the Vanity Fair article.

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