Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Brian Haw and civil liberties

Brian Haw has been demonstrating against the Iraq war since 2 June 2001. His one-man stand in Parliament Square is has been incredible, and a pain in the arse to the government and police since the day he started. He has fought off arrest and legal challenges and has managed to remain in place, a visible and constant reminder of the government's deeply unpopular policy. Having beaten off the last lot of legal challenges, the Home Office has won on appeal and it looks like he may be forced to leave.

His case highlights not just the war in Iraq, but also the steady and constant erosion of civil liberties.

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