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Anti-war movement fights for the right to protest

Issue No. 2228

THE AUTHORITIES have once again tried to obstruct an anti-war protest in London’s Hyde Park.

In February 2003 the Stop the War Coalition was told that it was not allowed to march against the invasion of Iraq because it might damage the grass.

In the end it won the right to use Hyde Park and two million people joined the biggest demonstration in British history on 15 Feburary 2003.

Now the Stop the War Coalition, CND and the British Muslim Initiative have been told marchers against the war in Afghanistan cannot assemble at Speakers’ corner on Saturday.

This is because they might cause an obstruction to people attending a Winter Wonderland event taking place half a mile away.

It is not acceptable that protesters should be excluded from this space for purely commercial considerations.

Stop the War and other organisers have pledged the protest will go ahead anyway.

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