The appeal by Democracy Village after last week's High Court ruling will be heard at 10.30am this Friday (9th July) at the appeals court. In the meantime the camp is still going on strong, having started 'Operation Rolling Thunder', more – an ongoing programme of non-violent direct action. The village is calling out for people to come down and help on multiple fronts: to come and do actions, to help with the site, keep it tidy and maintain the gardens. There is a particular call-out for those with direct action skills and experience.Read more >>
On 8th October, the day that the British Parliament resumed after its Summer recess, a thousands of anti-war protesters marched into Parliament Square. They were joined by people who demanded the basic freedom to be able to protest peacefully without prior police permission or conditions.
In the past demonstrators in London have been arrested, charged and fined or imprisoned simply for reading out a list of names or for carrying an innocuous banner, under the draconian SOCPA legislation brought in by Prime Minister Blair's government and carried on by his successor Brown. Since a raid on protesters' legitimate encampment in the Square by Mayor Livingstone's Greater London Authority (GLA) team on 17th August, a surrounding metal barrier has been erected which severely inhibits the ability to demonstrate there.
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Video: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]
Pictures: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 ]
Texts: [ Monopoly on Protest: Open Letter to CND and the Stop the War Coalition | What's wrong with Stop the War Campaign? | SOCPA - STWC 'ban' was bollocks ]
Gordon Brown is facing an anti-war welcome during his first week in power, with little sign that he will break with Blair's disastrous foreign policy. A War Is Still the Issue camp was set up in Parliament Square from Saturday 23rd [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Video ] (the fact that it was allowed may be a sign that SOCPA will be repealed? ... well, in fact probably not!). There was a demonstration outside Brown's Labour leadership coronation in Manchester on Saturday [ 1 | 2 | 3 ] and a Military Families Against War demonstration took place on his first day as Prime Minister on Wednesday [ Pics ] Later in the evening, a small group of activists braved the rain outside Blair's new Connaught Square home and made neighbours aware of their new resident [ Pics ].Read more >>
At least 12 activists have now been charged under SOCPA in connection with the No More Fallujahs Peace Camp and Naming the Dead actions in Parliament Square and Whitehall on 29-30 October 2006. Reports from the actions here.
In a planned act of civil disobedience against the occupation of Iraq, campaigners set up an unauthorised camp in Parliament Square for 24 hours last October. In all, over 100 people took part in workshops and discussions and held 'Naming the Dead' remembrance ceremonies in Parliament Square and Whitehall during the action.
Most of the defendants have been in court over the past two weeks, with the judgements to date illustrating the arbitrary nature of British "justice".
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So reads the splurge on the Mark Thomas website. Today's efforts alone totalled 2294, breaking, according to Mark, the challenge set by records administrators.Read more >>
Brian Haw's display was removed early in the morning of 23rd May by 50 police officers. At 2.45am they turned up and started to load a container with all the placards and banners and almost all of Brian's personal possessions. [Photos | Video]
A timeline since Monday 8th, when the state won its appeal against the decision that the SOCPA legislation could not be applied to the protest which Brian Haw appears in full article and additions below.Read more >>
Hunger Strike in Parliament Square - day 25
Barbara Tucker now on hunger strike: started Thursday 27th
Yuletide in Parliament Square – War and Peace
Winter in Parliament Square
parliament banner - SOCPA section 128 convictions
SOCPA is dead.... but the illegal harassment continues
08-10-2008 22:45 | 1 addition
Reading the Names of the Dead, Afghanistan, London - Pictures
Freedom not Fear | The Big Picture Photocall
No police at Critical Mass London!
27-09-2008 08:27 | 1 addition
Freedom not Fear
11th October London
Mass 11.10 Walkabout?
Never mind the legal bollocks
11th October Anti- Surveillance Mass Action
11th October Mass/Decentralised Action
ECLN Call Out
SOCPA 2005 Notification: Family for life - Final Draft
Thurs @ Ministry of Justice
Police attack on Parliament Square Peace Campaign.
08-09-2008 14:58 | 1 addition
Thurs 11th September | Demonstrate for Civil Rights
Brian Haw - 7 years on, still going strong
DSEi Downing Street legal observer cleared of obstruction on appeal
SOCPA Is Dead but the police harassment continues
SOCPA Is Dead And Buried
25-07-2008 00:38 | 1 addition
Carnival Against Vivisection! - German, French and Spanish Translators needed
15-07-2008 11:21 | 1 addition
Tonight - Sequani Trial Talk
200th 'don't attack iran' petition delivered at downing street
sequani trial talk
Parliament Square Tent City
film and pics of today's tent city demo in parliament square
22-06-2008 00:39 | 1 addition
Tent City Parliament Square.
21-06-2008 15:37 | 1 addition
Arrests and police injuries at Bush demo
Police brutality and snatch squad at Bush demo
Policing of Bush visit (STWC).
16-06-2008 13:48 | 1 addition
film of bush demo whitehall yesterday
16-06-2008 09:17 | 3 additions
Home Secretary told “end police surveillance of journalists” - NUJ
"Get in my pen or you will be arrested"
16-05-2008 10:56 | 3 additions
SOCPA: Rebalancing your rights, unravelling the "repeal"
SOCPA: Met Police's consultation response
SOCPA: Greater London Authority's consultation response
SOCPA: Westminster Council's consultation response
SOCPA - hospital interview with brian haw
SOCPA - brian haw arrested in parliament square
05-05-2008 17:05 | 3 additions
Brian and Barbara attacked in Parliament Square
03-05-2008 15:06 | 1 addition
London Critical Mass 14th Anniversary ride.
27-04-2008 07:35 | 2 additions
Statement of Truth - Mr. Brian W. Haw
habeus corpus - round 2 - challenging bail, prison license, docks and bollocks
23-04-2008 18:57 | 1 addition
SOCPA - the dirt behind the imprisonment of barbara tucker
SOCPA - barbara tucker freed from prison today
Babs Tucker "... it's the Kids ... stupid"
Tucker To Be Released Tomorrow From Holloway
prisoner support info for barbara tucker
DJ Snow... what too much cocaine can do to a District Judge
Mrs. Sarah Winfield - please remove your head from your arse
DJ Snow is a bent judge and a blithering corrupt idiot
Sir Ian Blair - Political Prisoners: Guts For Garters Mate!
SOCPA - barbara tucker jailed for two weeks
SOCPA - two arrests at parliament square today
Ken Livingstone arrested
10-04-2008 07:05 | 1 addition
Dear DS Sunman ... from Babs Tucker
attempted citizen's arrest on ken livingstone
09-04-2008 19:26 | 1 addition
Video of April 2008 demonstration for Freedom of Assembly in London
judges for justice - 15th march
Cordial Council of Resistance | 1012 - 2012 | Humanity in the UK
Campaign For Free Assembly Demo.
SOCPA - chris coverdale arrested for non-payment of fines
Chris Coverdale arrested after giving War Crimes evidence
SOCPA: The GLA's campaign against Brian Haw
Go Zap 2012
SOCPA Victory? Demo 1pm April 5th Trafalgar Square
26-03-2008 03:08 | 1 addition
Photography protest looms at Scotland Yard (28.03.08)
Brian Haw on the fifth anniversary of the criminal invasion of Iraq
SOCPA - a day in the life of brian
Reminder: Campaign for Free Assembly public meeting 16th March LSE
Police Now At Parliament Square
13-03-2008 15:42 | 1 addition
Parliament Square Peace Camp display threatened...
13-03-2008 15:12 | 3 additions
Freedom of Assembly denied.
SOCPA - update on last night's arrests
27-02-2008 11:18 | 1 addition
London MET Police Launch New Anti-Terror Campaign
27-02-2008 00:00 | 1 addition
1st of March: Second National Day Of Action For Freedom Of Assembly
26-02-2008 23:20 | 1 addition
Mr. MI5 Roger S. Smith a.k.a. Smithy - your cover is blown
Judge Stone - are you stoned?
SOCPA - THE MOVIE free london screening next thursday
21-02-2008 12:07 | 1 addition
You need police permission to speak LOLCAT in a designated area!
brian haw carries 'queen and country' debate
brian haw 'walk for peace' began this morning
radical film, music and sounds in camden tonight
Campaign for Free Assembly public meeting 16th February
DJ Nicholas Evans - please get your head out of your arse
'SOCPA - the movie' - london screening @ monday love
Respect the right to protest - Don't harmonise its criminalisation
London Critical Mass January ride.
Gordon Goebbels Brown's head in a SOCPA 2005 noose please
Rivlin's Court stinks of bullshit and corruption
Support the Sequani Six (SOCPA defendants)
20-01-2008 01:14 | 1 addition
next Campaign for Free Assembly meeting tomorrow @LSE
Social Centres Squat Mania
Freedom of Assembly Protest - Part 2: Downing Street
Freedom of Assembly Protest - Part 1
Freedom to Protest Border Point. London 12 Jan, 2008
wmv version of rikki's film of freedom of assembly
film by rikki of saturday's london freedom of assembly protest
14-01-2008 09:23 | 4 additions
Police Farce Belgravia - Absolute Bollocks!
Video of Anti-SOCPA demo in London 12-1-08..
brian haw violently assaulted then arrested at downing street today
12-01-2008 22:55 | 6 additions
Anti-SOCPA London pics
Public sector cuts