perimeter warning notice
crossing to the south bank
explaining the socpa to the police
on the south bank
outside the shell centre
beating the bounds (well, the signpost)
the tea trolley
free to protest on this side of the river
the tea trolley in use
it's no picnic being an anarchist teddy bear
to date there have been more than 27 arrests under the new act. the first of these comes to court this wednesday the 7 december at bow street magistrates court. maya evans from justice JNV (www.j-n-v.org) was arrested in october for reading out the names of iraqi dead in whitehall to mark the anniversary of the lancet survey showing 100,000 civilian deaths in the war. supporters are welcome outside the court from 9am for a trial starting at 10am.
today's activists walked round the perimeter of the anti-freedom zone, putting up warning signs, red ribbon, and marking the boundary in the traditional way by hitting it with sticks. this noisy, colourful event took up the medieval theme with some participants in costume and the use of bells, drums and other instruments.
this soon caught the attention of bemused community support officers, and later some police. the activists had to explain the SOCPA law and the zone to the coppers, but had helpfully prepared a briefing to constables reminding them of their duties under the law. a policeman and support officer were then assigned to the group as the walk continued.
tea, mulled wine and veg stew were served near lambeth palace, and the archbishop was invited to join, but was apparently unavailable.
more info about the zone and forthcoming tests of this ridiculous law can be found at www.peopleincommon.org