One the day when The Queen announced the following bill during the opening of parliament:
Freedom (Great Repeal) BillWill limit the amount of time that DNA profiles of innocent people can be held on national database. Will tighten regulation on the use of CCTV cameras, remove limits on right to peaceful protest. The storage of DNA is a power devolved to the Scottish Parliament. The Bill would adopt the Scottish model.
The following happened:
Parliament Square anti-war protester Brian Haw arrestedParliament Square protester Brian Haw has been arrested for obstructing police during searches of tents on the green.Anti-war campaigner Mr Haw, who has been camping there since 2001, was held as police searched the "peace camp".Another protester Barbara Tucker, who has also been camping outside the Houses of Parliament, was arrested.
Now is it just me, or does there seem to be a slightly odd juxtaposition going on here? The police going in and arresting people who are peacefully protesting on a piece of ground opposite the Houses of Parliament whilst almost at the same time the government is proclaiming it will improve civil liberties and remove limits on rights to peaceful protest seems a bit jarring.
I hope Brian, Barbara and anyone else arrested are released soon and allowed to go back to protesting their cause peacefully.