Govt bans peaceful protest against war criminal

We will defy the ban on peaceful protest
13/06/2008

Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Huhne has requested Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to lift the ban on the peaceful protest against George Bush this Sunday. The Stop the War Coalition has vowed to defy the ban.

Lindsey German, Convenor of the Stop the War Coalition said, “We are still intending to march to Whitehall this Sunday. We don’t accept that this is an issue of security, it’s an issue of the right to protest against the greatest war criminal the world has ever seen.

Coming after the 42 days fiasco we see the ban as a further infringement of our civil liberties. So we will have to defy the ban.”

The Left List will have a major presence on the demonstration and call on our supporters to join us on the march. Stop the War put out the following press release after Chris Huhne’s letter to the Home Office earlier today.

British right to protest must not be curtailed by US requests

Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Huhne today wrote to Jacqui Smith calling on her to overturn the ban on a march against George Bush this Sunday.

Calling the ban ‘the final straw’ after Wednesday’s vote on 42-day detention, he wrote: “Just because the votes of these protesters cannot be bought, it does not mean that their voices should not be heard by those in 10 Downing Street.

“In this country we have a long tradition of peaceful protest and would be shocked if British civil liberties were curtailed at the request of a foreign government.”