London Parliament Square peace campaigner Barbara Tucker has been arrested yet again – now an incredible 45 times in her 6 years and 4 months in the Square. Her heinous crime was to put up a small tent so she could get a little shuteye. Imagine if a load of police came to evict Tony Blair from his luxury house in the millionaire’s row of Connaught Square. There ARE police outside his house 24/7 but to protect him not to arrest him.
When the hastily drafted SOCPA (Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005) failed to get rid of Brian Haw and Barbara’s peace campaign the authorities drafted another piece of legislation PASRA (Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011). PASRA restricts certain "prohibited activities" in Parliament Square garden and the adjoining footways. Activities such as telling the truth and constantly reminding the authorities of all the lies they told in the run-up to war on Iraq. Lies which look like being repeated to try and justify an attack on Iran perhaps.
Tough though life may be for Babs she is still in the Square and the powers that be may have to enact even more ludicrous legislation to try and silence the democratic voice outside the `mother of all parliaments`.
More power to the awesome mother of two from Oz!
Here is Barbara’s account with photos of the latest arrest and harassment: