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A climate of tyranny in the UK

by IdiotSavant Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 01:47:13 AM EST

For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:

Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement's camp in Trafalgar Square.

The Metropolitan police issued a revised section 14 order on Monday night that said "any assembly linked to the Extinction Rebellion `Autumn Uprising' ... must now cease their protests within London (MPS and City of London Police Areas)" by 9pm.

Almost immediately, officers moved into Trafalgar Square and demanded that protesters remove their tents. Most XR activists staying at the site had already decamped to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, south of the river, and only a few dozen tents, along with gazebos and other infrastructure, remained on the square.


Which speaks volumes about the intentions of the British government. Face with people raising the alarm about the biggest crisis facing humanity, the establishment's response is to gag them. Not only do they not want to know - they don't want anyone else to be told. They'd rather UKanians all drowned rather than face the inconvenience of admitting the problem and taking credible action on it. Which is a prime example of why that political establishment needs to be voted out on their arses.

Still, it could be worse: at least they're not just murdering them - the British establishment's instinctive response to protest. But if you're in XR in London, I guess its time to take off your "XR" badge, put on a "school strike" one, and keep on doing exactly what you're doing.

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Section 14 and other little bits of legislation were enacted soon after the Sept 11 attacks.

Even tho it was obviously aimed at curbing terrorist attacks, critics even then complained it was so wide ranging that it would be too useful a catch all for the police to avoid a certain amount of "mission creep". There was even a period where even taking a photo as a tourist in London might find you subject ot arrest and detention, although the obvious abuse of power this represented caused certain necks to be wound back in.

But most of it is still there and ER fall foul of it.

The police exist, as they do in most countries, to protect the rich from the poor. The right to protest is only available when it is futile. If it looks like it might succeed, the state will act. Always

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Oct 18th, 2019 at 12:21:23 PM EST
The climate-catalyzed protests are just getting started.
by asdf on Sat Oct 19th, 2019 at 02:36:25 AM EST
The ban has now been declared unlawful, and arrested protestors are considering suing police for false arrest. Good to see the rule of law re-assert itself.
by IdiotSavant on Thu Nov 7th, 2019 at 01:41:30 AM EST
Good to see the rule of law re-assert itself.

Yesterday's news. So why don't you update your post to express your understanding of "rule of law" or the reasoning and tyranny of the court.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 7th, 2019 at 03:51:09 PM EST
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maybe, but the police, while accepting the ruling, are considering their future tactics. From what I've seen on the news, they believe that legislation will be needed to legalise what they've been doing.

The "rule of law" is a movable feast when there is no actual right to protest.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Nov 7th, 2019 at 04:27:52 PM EST
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huh. The headline I glanced at warned that the "high court" (whichever one) judgment permitted Extinction LLC (or whatever the org) to sue "the Met" --Metropolitan Polic, I presume.

But I am not going to go look for the judgment and order online. Not going to do it so long as THE OPPRESSED are content to hoover press gibberish and flagellate  figureheads of "democracy" in Britain.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 7th, 2019 at 06:57:22 PM EST
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