If you can’t buy them – ban them 3


Liberal Democrat shadow home secretary, Chris Huhne, has written to the home secretary, Jacqui Smith, calling on her to overturn the ban on the anti-Bush march on Sunday. Referring to the recent 42 day detention without trial vote he says: “Just because the votes of these protesters cannot be bought does not mean that their voices should not be heard by those in 10 Downing Street”

It seems that more than one MP is now waking up to just how serious this governments attack on civil liberties and British traditions has become.

Dear Home Secretary,

I am writing to urgently request that you review the

decision of the Metropolitan Police to ban the anti-Bush

march taking place this Sunday 15 June from marching down

Whitehall. As you will be aware the Stop the War Coalition

have organised dozens of peaceful marches past Downing

Street, and I am deeply concerned that the request has been

denied.

In this country we have a long tradition of peaceful protest

and I would be shocked if British civil liberties were

curtailed at the request of a foreign government. I hope

that you can also confirm that the decision of the

Metropolitan Police was not made at the request of the US

authorities.

A static demonstration in Parliament Square is no

replacement for a protest march down Whitehall and I urge

you to work with the police and the protesters to ensure

they are able to make their voices heard outside Downing

Street. Just because the votes of these protesters cannot

be bought does not mean that their voices should not be

heard by those in 10 Downing Street.

Kind Regards,

Chris Huhne

Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary


3 thoughts on “If you can’t buy them – ban them

  • Suhayl Saadi

    I have news for Christopher Huhne. There is no longer a UK government. Over the past 10 years, our country has been redefined as a small overseas territory of the United States of America. The Labour Party was taken over by a US-backed cell around the early 1990s and the coup leaders have been in charge ever since.

    !Learn to love it, celebrate it, sing it!

    Or else be defined as a non-person. All non-persons shall be viewed as potential terrorists. All non-persons shall be viewed as potential terrorists. All non-persons shall be viewed as potential terrorists.All non-persons shall be viewed as potential terrorists…

  • hatfield girl

    Demonstrating public contempt for war criminals and monstrous policies is not what it used to be. Wholly different response techniques developed from colonial, and east European/Soviet practice are now standard.

    Before relatively uninformed and often with a retrospect understanding of political activity in the United Kingdom demonstrators are called out again there needs to be a widespread campaign on the nature of the targeted authority. It is now very violent indeed, and intends to inflict long term consequences.

    We, too, can learn from the Soviet/east European dissident movements but we need first to realise that we must.

  • hatfield girl

    Demonstrating public contempt for war criminals and monstrous policies is not what it used to be. Wholly different response techniques developed from colonial, and east European/Soviet practice are now standard.

    Before relatively uninformed and often with a retrospect understanding of political activity in the United Kingdom demonstrators are called out again there needs to be a widespread campaign on the nature of the targeted authority. It is now very violent indeed, and intends to inflict long term consequences.

    We, too, can learn from the Soviet/east European dissident movements but we need first to realise that we must.

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