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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Dawn raid

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims
may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than
under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes
sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for
our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of
their own conscience. " C.S. Lewis

When I left the House of Commons about 8.30pm last night on my way back to Wales Brian Haw was still there surrounded by his placards and banners. In the early hours of the morning the Police moved in and removed all but one of them. They were acting on behalf of the Government in suppressing Mr. Haw's right to protest outside the heart of government. Their actions raise many questions but the one that stands out for me at the moment is this:

If they did not want to give the impression of a Police state why did they not execute this act in broad daylight when we could all see what they were doing?
Well said Peter, and completely the right question - it was a peaceful, non-violent protest, so why on earth did they have to raid him at 0235? That's wrong.

So much for the residual belief that maybe they were just doing their jobs and enforcing dodgy laws becasue htey had to.

Maybe I'm jaded, being a yank and all, but this is commonplace here in the states. Of course it's not often publisized mind you. And does it really matter when he was raided? At least your government is attempting to keep it on the down low. They could have done it in the middle of the day with many more witnesses. BTW, I like the dramatic finish made by the photographer. Catching Big Brother "overpowering" a middle aged man with the backdrop of Big Ben. Nice touch.
re: Rashad, why would the government want to minimise the number of witnesses?

why should they care about how many people see that law was being enforced?

it was probably done in the middle of the night to avoid being on television, 50 police officers attacing one peaceful protestor (and two loud supporters). the night is the only time of the day that you could be reasonably assured that there were no television cameras in the area.

It just shows how much of a police state we are now, when we are not allowed to peacefully protest about the government.

it is a shame that the terrorists have already won in this country.
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