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Civil Liberties

Sacking parliament

As more observant readers will have noticed, parliament was not sacked on 9 October.

London's lone protesters aim for mass impact

Stupid, repressive laws require creative and surreal responses.

Critical Mass win legal victory

There was a mood of celebration - and also relief - on the well attended Critical Mass cycle ride in central London on 30 June, following a High Court ruling a few days earlier that a poli

First military SOCPA trial due to go ahead

On 1 April 2006, two peace campaigners from Yorkshire were arrested under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (SOCPA).

Tuesday 23 May: STOP PRESS ...

Just before 3am on Tuesday 23 May, around 50 police swooped on Brian Haw and his supporters in Parliament Square. Their instructions were to remove most of the anti-war display.

Police swoop on five-year protest

On 8 May, Brian Haw's exemption from the ban on unauthorised protest under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCPA) came to an end.

Clean-ups, postcodes, and corporate hypocrisy

Governmental attempts to soften up public opinion for an announcement of more nuclear power stations have their parallel in the nuclear industry itself.

An exercise in non-sequiturs

It's been a rough few weeks for the Home Office.

Anyone for cricket? The St George's weekend SOCPA challenge

Every Sunday afternoon, campaigners stage an open picnic on Parliament Square to plan ideas to subvert or test the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (section 132).

...and the trials of the "unauthorised" continue

On 16 March, Milan Rai, author, activist and founder of Justice Not Vengeance, went on trial for organising an unauthorised demonstration within the 1-km exclusion zone around parliament on