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Anti Brexit protester silenced by new Tory law

June 29, 2022 8:36 AM
By Bryan Lewis

Steve Bray is a former Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate who started a regular anti Brexit protest near parliament. He carried placards and would get in front of TV cameras during outside interviews. He also used a loudhailer to get his views heard.

A new law (The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act) came into effect on Tuesday (28th June) and was immediately used to silence Mr Bray. He was arrested and his equipment seized.

The new law introduces an offence of intentionally or recklessly causing public nuisance in an attempt to crack down on guerrilla protests of the kind used by climate change activists.

As the Suffragettes proved over a century ago, to be effective protests can be noisy and disruptive. Being able to choose what, how and when we protest is a vital part of a healthy, functioning democracy especially at a time when the government is bringing in laws that make it harder to challenge them.

Protest is not a gift from the state, it is a fundamental right.