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On December 13th 2006 five law lords unanimously upheld the right to protest and ruled that police had acted unlawfully in detaining Iraq war protesters and forcibly turning them back.

From George Monbiot's "A threat to democracy" See below

On March 22 last year, (ie 2003) the police seized three coaches carrying people to a peaceful demonstration at Fairford, held them for two hours, confiscated their ...
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March 24 ~ Three coaches did not make it to Fairford on Saturday... See report "....They confiscated people's hats and scarves, some cardboard shields, ...
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December 10 2004 ~ Fairford Coach Action (see also "A Threat to Democracy" by George Monbiot) are now saying they will go to the House of Lords. ...
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... three coaches carrying protesters from London, were turned away from the ... This is yet another restriction on the right to protest at Fairford. ...
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Democracy Watch Jan - April 2004

... war activists when they escorted their coaches back to London after stopping ... They were stopped last March on their way to a vigil at RAF Fairford in ...
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December 18 2006 ~ Fairford coachesOn March 22 2003, the police seized three coaches carrying people to a peaceful demonstration at Fairford,and held them for two hours. The Peace protesters, some Quakers, many middle-aged or older, were stopped, searched and forced to return to London. Amongst the passengers was the 64-year old aunt of one of those killed in New York on 11 September 2001. On arrival in London a number of police vehicles were waiting at Euston. We were appalled at the time The law lords have now ruled that both actions were unlawful and that freedom of expression was "an essential foundation of democratic society". (We particularly like Steve Bell's cartoon.)
Guardian On December 13th five law lords unanimously upheld the right to protest and ruled that police had acted unlawfully in detaining Iraq war protesters and forcibly turning them back. Amnesty International called the ruling "a case of fundamental importance for the right to freedom of expression and peaceful protest"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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