democracy: from cradle to grave

An activist, Maya Anne Evans, has been prosecuted for ringing a bell by the Cenotaph (a First World War memorial near Downing Street) while her and another protester read out names of British soldiers and Iraqi civilians killed in the US/UK/'coalition' war against Iraq. She fell foul of section 132 of the 'Serious Organised Crime and Police Act', which bans any demonstration taking place within 1km of Parliament Square without prior police permission.

This fascist piece of legislation was brought in to try and get rid of this guy,, Brian Haw, who has been protesting opposite the Houses of Parliament 24/7 for over four years, initially against the sanctions and bombing of Iraq, since then about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, the legislation was worded in a way that meant he didn't need police permission to continue his demo which started before the law came into force.

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