Stop the War Coalition has written to the Home Secretary protesting the decision to ban yesterday's anti-war march and the "violent policing of the demonstration." The letter, signed by Andrew Murray and Lindsey German, warns: "there can be no question of any further co-operation between the Stop the War Coalition and the Metropolitan Police in regard to future protests until these concerns are addressed to our satisfaction."
The letter argues, "There could under no circumstances be any justification for the repeated and uncontrolled assault on peaceful demonstrators who at most were doing no more than attempting to proceed up Whitehall and in many cases were actually endeavouring to comply with police instructions.
"We hold that this conduct is entirely unacceptable in a democratic country.
The determination of the police to ensure that our voices cannot be heard in
Whitehall on an issue of urgent public controversy, at the apparent behest of
the US President, presents a bleak picture of the government's priorities."
For more including the full text of the letter see the StWC press release at https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/stwc-press/2008-06/msg00007.html