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Friday, July 29, 2005 

Brian Haw wins battle to continue vigil.

Thank god for the courts:

A man who has held a four-year anti-war protest outside Parliament, has won a legal battle to continue his vigil.

From 1 August all protests in a half-mile zone in Westminster, London, must have prior permission from police.

But the High Court has ruled Brian Haw, 56, from Worcestershire, who claimed he was exempt as his protest pre-dated the new laws, can continue his protest.

But on Friday judges ruled by a 2-1 majority that secondary legislation could not be used to catch Mr Haw, who sleeps in the square in front of a large display of anti-war banners, placards and flags.

They also granted a declaration that Mr Haw is not required to seek authorisation to continue his protest.

A victory for peaceful protest. Maybe this'll show No Trousers Charlie how reactionary his new legislation on demonstrations around parliament is, although somehow I doubt it.

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I don't know if the big news about him is only about his right to protest I don't think he's really getting his message across know what I mean.

what war is he talking about anyway

He's been protesting since June 2001 about Palestine, Iraq, then Afghanistan etc. It's not about him getting his message across, it's about having the right to protest at the heart of democracy in the country. You can argue about his sanity in sleeping there and doing this for four years, but he's doing hell of a lot more than I am just sitting here writing shit.

Excellent, love it!
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Excellent, love it!
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