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Old 01-29-2009, 10:25 AM   #1
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http://www.underthecarpet.co.uk/Page...e.php?num=5756

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Did you know … that you can be charged by councils for demonstrating against them?
guardian.co.uk / 26-01-2009

As the House of Lords nears a decision on whether the Metropolitan police were right to cordon off and hold peaceful May Day protesters for over seven hours in 2001, a number of recent protesters against the Israeli action in Gaza questioned whether riot police in balaclavas and attempts to contain crowds were really the best way for "working together for a safer London".

As local protest movements are discovering, myriad laws are being subverted and misunderstood by local authorities and the police. A new generation, as Henry Porter writes, are "increasingly coming up against authoritarian laws that were put in place while so few were paying attention"

Last summer, pupils from St George's Roman Catholic school in Salford received a bill for nearly £2,000, which the local council claimed was for managing the cost of a protest against the closure of their school, including closing a road for five minutes and keeping a set of traffic lights on red while the schoolchildren crossed.....
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