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SOCPA not dead

On 4 November, Maria Gallastegui and two other protesters were arrested at the Cenotaph, opposite Downing Street in London, while trying to hold a 229 minute vigil for the 229 British soldiers who have died in the war in Afghanistan.
The arrest was under section 132 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act, that prohibits unauthorised demonstrations in the vicinity of parliament.
Meanwhile, at USAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, Lindis Percy, of the Campaign for Accountability of American Bases, was arrested on 29 October inside the airbase under section 128 of SOCPA, which deals with national security “designated sites”.
She was waved into the base after showing her driving licence as ID. The attorney general had yet to decide whether to prosecute, as PN went to press.

Topics: Civil Liberties