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Tens of thousands of concerned British citizens are outraged after learning in sneak previews the scale of Stalinist-like repression descending on the British Isles. The lights of free expression and the rights to demonstrate, even to hold the authorities to account, are about to be snuffed out.
Thousands in the nation’s capital in the UK defied the rules of the Westminster Regime and rallied against controversial legislation that would allow authorities to place additional restrictions on public protests there. London State Police had urged people not to attend the demonstrations threatening those who do with penalties that will deter all but the strongest willed activists.
Dissident journalist remarks that state repression in England is now worse than it was in Northern Ireland during the Troubles (1960-1990).
‘More than 3,500 people were killed during the Troubles, 35 per cent of them security forces. Darkly, I can see a similar situation developing in Britain. I am very much reminded of the street violence that preceded the collapse of the less repressive Soviet Bloc.
The massive and often violent protests were held in 25 cities across England and Wales, including London. Outraged people marched from the capital’s Hyde Park with placards saying ‘Protect our rights’ and ‘Kill the Bill,’ referring to the controversial proposed legislation, known as the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
London’s Metropolitan Police urged the public not to attend using the Covid-19 ruse to threaten those attending large gatherings saying ‘that violate Covid-19 regulations and are punishable by fines. Similar rallies last month led to clashes with police and to arrests.’
The bill, which passed its second reading in the House of Commons on March 16, gives police additional powers to restrict and control all public protests, while reinforcing the punishment for public disturbance.
The government argues that the legislation is aimed at curtailing actions that cause what they claim is ‘unjustifiable disruption or distress’ to others. The bill was introduced on the heels of the Extinction Rebellion and Black Lives Matter protests that also involved rioting and property damage. Interestingly and true to police tactics, the state police allow violence at demonstrations to give the regime the excuse to tighten repressive laws.
Opponents of the bill agree it will allow a crackdown on the freedom of assembly. Labour Party MP David Lammy described the bill as ’draconian’ and argued that it will incentivize authorities to move against any protests they do not like. Source
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