The two took part in civil disobedience with 30 others outside the Labour Party Conference, staging a sit-down protest to demand a U-turn in British foreign policy, six protestors wearing a specially made “U Turn for Peace” T Shirt were arrested in total.
Maya Anne Evans says: “We know from the polls that - contrary to Government policy - majorities of the British public are opposed to Trident renewal and the arming repressive regimes, and want to see all British troops withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan.
“In Gordon Browns speech at the conference he stated to continue the current line in foreign policy as regards Iraq and Afghanistan. This aggressive foreign policy will increase the threat of terrorism in this country and will be responsible for the further death toll of hundreds of thousands of individuals in these countries”.
Maya Anne Evans currently has a warrant out for her arrest for the unpaid fine resulting from the Cenotaph protest in 2005, on the grounds of free speech Evans refuses to pay the fine and as a consequence faces a possible two week prison sentence.
Fr Martin Newell says: “According to recent reports British war planes have dropped more bombs on Iraqi targets in the past month than in the whole of the previous three years, British troops in Afghanistan have called in US airstrikes hundreds of times in recent months. These are Brown’s bombs”.
Maya and Martin at Bournemouth
Check this legal opinion on the Act from a prosecuting QC and MP: http://www.epolitix.com/EN/MPWebsites/Bob+Marshall-Andrews/3d406463-d242-4c63-8ecf-9dea045ddaec.htm
And here's the parliamentary debate on the "worst Bill evr brought before this Parliament"; skip to the end (all the failed amendments in green italics) to see how it had to be more aggressively whipped than the Iraq vote, or indeed any vote in the history of Parliament, to avoid amendment to bring it into line with European Law and basic principles of justice: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2005-11-02d.832.4
And yes, the judiciary have spoken out about the political drafting of the Act to exclude justice as a principle: http://www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,,1752773,00.html and http://www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,,1808323,00.html
Welcome to the Police State. No freedom of speech here. Take care, head down and make sure to agree with our noble leaders; they're sure to know best. Nothing to worry about.