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Saturday, 04 June 2005
The Life of Brian

Brian Haw

This week marked the 4th anniversary of Brian Haw’s one-person demonstration in Parliament Square, London.

I have previously mentioned Brian Haw, here and here.  Brian is a fundementalist Christian who is opposed to war and who is mounting a 24 hour vigil outside the British parliament.  In our recent elections he also stood for election, but lost.  Since November last year Brian has a Wiki entry which gives a very brief overview of this peacenik, and gives some additional links, including Brian’s imagine a man election manifesto.

Brian is not only the longest running one-person protest in recent history, he is also an important voice of concience in our generally selfish society. This is why it is shameful that Brian has had to endure attempts by the Westminster Council to remove his placards, a twice-broken nose (first at the hands of a US embassy worker, and then at the hands of an Israeli), a fake security alert by the police, attempts by parliament to pass a law aimed specifically at outlawing his protest. The last-mentioned is still a threat to Brian’s democratic rights.  There is a full chronology of Brian’s protest on his website, and an interview by Walrus Magazine is here.

On 7 April 2002, on a visit to the USA, Tony Blair gave a speech at the George Bush Senior Library and said:

When I pass protestors every day at Downing Street, and believe me, you name it, they protest against it, I may not like what they call me, but I thank God they can. That’s called freedom.

Well now we no longer have that freedom.

Via: Londonist, and Lotus in the Mud.

Posted by bigblue on 04/06/2005 at 11:20 PM
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