Worthing Freedom Campaign | 01.06.2012 09:59 | South Coast
Anyone who cares about freedom, wherever they live, is invited to attend as this could be a worrying sign of things to come for the whole country.
A new Worthing Freedom Campaign has been set up after the issue was highlighted by The Porkbolter, the town's long-running radical newsletter.
On its blog it condemns what it calls "an outrageous attack on our freedom launched by Sussex Police in collaboration with Worthing Borough Council."
It says: "They have imposed on us the type of draconian legislation that would normally be deployed by a dictatorship trying to put down a revolution!
"The sinister Section 30 Dispersal Order came into place on Friday June 1 and will last the whole summer, until August 31. It means police have the power to “disperse” groups of two or more people - even if you have done nothing wrong! The cops just have to claim it is “likely” your presence may upset someone - this gives free rein to the worst kind of police bullying and intimidation.
"And the order includes a 9pm curfew for anyone under 16, whom the police can take home if they find them out without their parents. If you ignore the order - no matter how unfair it is - you can be jailed for three months or fined £2,500.
"No justification for this nazi-style approach to policing has been produced.
"The police have said it is about protecting businesses and the council say it is about ‘the Jubilee and Olympic festivities’. This is not good enough!
"We don’t need this fascist law in Worthing. This is a town not a prison camp!
"We are all innocent unless proven guilty - if someone commits a crime, then the police can prosecute them.
"Join us in our call for this disgraceful and unnecessary police-state order to be withdrawn immediately!"
More details can be found at http://worthingfreedom.blogspot.co.uk/
and at http://www.eco-action.org/porkbolter/hogblog.html
Worthing Freedom Campaign