The Art of Protest

If you are going to London for The Wave tomorrow (or if you ever intend to show in public that you hold an opinion different from that held by the Government), you might like to listen to this programme from the BBC.

In it, Jonathan Porritt helps the presenter discuss whether the English tradition of peaceful protest is being undermined by heavy-handed policing.

A Christian Aid member describes how “everyone who got off the coaches was filmed by the police”, even though the average age of a Christian Aid supporter is “over 60, retired” and the police filmed them from “one metre away from their faces”.

I experienced something similar in Edinburgh a few years ago, on the “Make Poverty History” weekend: being photographed for walking round Edinburgh on a Saturday afternoon.

Good thing we’re not living in a police state 🙂

“The price of democracy is eternal vigilance”, as Thos Jefferson apparently didn’t say.

And “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” — Edmund Burke

Anyway, here is the link to the BBC programme:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00n51z

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