A quickie but it’s worth knowing. The Stop the War Coalition have organised a protest in Parliament Square for Sunday 15th June at 5pm against the final state appearance of George W Bush as he continues his ‘Good Riddance Bye Tour’. The Metropolitan Police (who’ve tried and failed at this wheeze before) have banned it.
I have attended a Stop the War demonstration which had initially been banned by the Met, only for the ban to be rescinded in the face of thousands of protesters gathering in Trafalgar Square anyway. And quite rightly Stop the War have said they’re going on anyway. Those of us who care about our civil liberties and the right to demonstrate peacefully should join them.
The government is planning on a partial repeal of the grossly unjust Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCPA), the Act which created a no-demonstration exclusion zone around Parliament (allegedly to turf out Brian Haw). They need to be shown just how urgent it is, and just how frequently the Metropolitan Police abuse their power.