6 April 2021
By John Spottiswoode
I attended the 'Stop the Bill' on Friday evening in Guildhall Square because unfortunately we have to defend democracy in the UK. Issues such as Climate Heating are too important just to pay lip service to, and protests are the way to highlight the emergency facing us all. The Police Bill would allow the authorities to ban protests on very flimsy grounds.
The key point is that democracy is under attack. I wonder whether we should start to use the 'three finger salute' used in authoritarian countries to protest for democracy.
There are three fundamental freedoms under attack:
These are basic democratic freedoms under attack. As a poster at the demonstration said, if we do not stop this bill then this is how democracy dies. The price of liberty is everlasting vigilance. We in Southampton need to step up and defend the right to protest, something that has historically brought so much positive change to this country.
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