Parliament Square Protester wins court battle

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Hahaha - excellent. The government drew up specific new laws as they were unable to move Brian Haws (who has been living in Parliament Square for 4 years now protesting the Iraq War). He's a BIG embarrassment to the Government and they are right miffed at his Loudhailer protests every PM's Question Time!

The high court ruled he's exempt from the new legislation as his protest pre-dates it...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4725907.stm

Nice one mate!
 

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That news has considerably cheered up my day. :lol1: Thank you.
 
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i cant begin to explain the thoughts in my head on this one

one small step in the campaign for justice over the iraq war

and a giant leap for one mans right to carry on his protest

hahahahahahah ad infinitum!
 
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JP

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After years outside parliment protesting against this awful war, Brian Haw's tent was trashed and strewn over the pavement by GLC workmen....

Sorry no link avaiable (repoted in Metro)
 
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necho

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damn that pesky independent judiciary of ours!

we're going to have to teach them a thing or two about staying "on message"....
 

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According to Indymedia
According to protesters in Parliament Square, today 17th October 2007, staff from a security firm hired by the GLA used force to remove the tents they have been living in.

In the same operation a fence that had been erected by the GLA for “maintenance purposes”, around Parliament Square was removed.

To my knowledge no maintenance was carried out while the fence surrounded the Square. Anti-war protesters have consistently argued that the fence was put there as a political act to force them from the Square. Protesters in Parliament Square also claim that the security firm hired by the GLA caused criminal damage to their tents as well as assaulting them.

According to a spokesperson for the protesters from the Burmese peace camp, also in Parliament Square, they were also asked to move their tents from the grassy area of Parliament Square, which they agreed to do.

The commanding officer of the Metropolitan Police at the scene claimed the their presence there during the operation was to keep the peace.
Pictures at: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/10/383886.html

According to GLA
Following a programme of maintenance and other work on Parliament Square, the fencing that has been in place around the grassed area is being removed today (Wednesday 17 October), allowing the public to have access to the square once more. The works have been undertaken as part of continuing efforts to make Parliament Square a public space that can be enjoyed by Londoners and tourists alike.
The Greater London Authority will continue to respect the right of Mr Brian Haw to hold a protest agreed by the courts on the pavement across the road from the Houses of Parliament and any other approved public protests.
As the authority responsible for the upkeep of Parliament Square as an amenity for all Londoners and visitors, the GLA can no more allow the Square to become an unauthorised camp site than would be the case with any other park or public square in London. Parliament Square does not have the facilities to be a campsite and must be a sanitary and healthy environment for all.
A spokesperson for the Greater London Authority said:
'Now that the maintenance has been done, we will be re-opening Parliament Square as an amenity for Londoners and visitors.
'We will continue to respect the court's decision that Mr Brian Haw may hold a legal protest on the pavement on the end of Parliament Square facing Parliament.
'The Square is neither appropriate, nor does it have the sanitary facilities to serve as a camp site
'As with London's other public squares and parks, Parliament Square will be maintained as a healthy environment and people will not be permitted to turn it into unsanitary camp sites with the flower beds serving as public toilets.'
 
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