Re-published from MBGA News with kind permission:
The eagerly awaited Trump welcome rally on the 14th July has been banned from the US Embassy or anywhere south of the River Thames by Met Police under an inappropriate application of Public Order Act (POA) sections 12 and 14.
Luke Nash Jones was contacted by the London police force who informed him that if he, Martin Costello, or UKIP London Chairman Freddy Vaccha go anywhere near the US Embassy, they will be arrested and would spend up to 3 months in prison!
If the British Prime Minister or Queen visited the USA, can you imagine the chair of the New York Republicans being banned from going anywhere near the British Embassy, or in fact, one side of New York City, in case he gave a short speech in support of the Anglo-American alliance?
The police have no basis to apply POA to ban the rally, and hence a London Assembly member has contacted the Met police. Section 12 of the order states:
“If the senior police officer, having regard to the time or place at which and the circumstances in which any public procession is being held or is intended to be held and to its route or proposed route, reasonably believes that—(a)it may result in serious public disorder, serious damage to property or serious disruption to the life of the community.”
Luke has organised many peaceful rallies, which never caused “serious damage to property” or caused lives to be at risk. We have never called for violence, so section 12 is not relevant. It only applies if a rally organiser calls for violence. Section 14 of the order states:
“If the senior police officer, having regard to the time or place at which and the circumstances in which any public assembly is being held or is intended to be held, reasonably believes that— (b)the purpose of the persons organising it is the intimidation of others with a view to compelling them not to do an act they have a right to do, or to do an act they have a right not to do.”
There is no grounds to claim either of these sections. We have a history of successful rallies and we wish to welcome the elected leader of our closest ally, the United States! We need a trade deal post-Brexit!If anything, any Public Order to disperse should be issued to the fascist counter-protesters who seek to attack those welcoming Trump.
The duty of the police is to ensure us a safe route from the US Embassy, through Parliament Square, and on to Downing Street. The fascist snowflakes will have their protest on the 13th, and on the 14th, those with a brain cell will stand for democracy!
To move the assembly from the new US Embassy to the old embassy and/or Trafalgar Square would be to remove all effectiveness, ignoring the duty of the police to protect peaceful assemblies, and thus would be a breach of the ECHR Articles 9, 10, and 11.
Under the ECHR, is utterly illegal to be “imposing a condition on the location of a protest”, this effectively goes against the purpose of the rally – we must be outside the real embassy to show solidarity with Americans in London!
It is clear that the likes of Khan and the rest of the political establishment wish to stop the American Embassy staff filming us for their Twitter account, and any video of the pro-Trump crowd going viral, yet somehow the latte liberals’ pathetic baby Trump blimp gets the green light for all and sundry to see. This childish stunt shows shocking misjudgement and is an embarrassment to our glorious country!
If the Trump rally is to be cancelled, the relevant section of the POA is section 13, under which the anti-Trump riot would also be cancelled. Could you imagine this happening between Boris Johnson and Obama on a visit to the UK?
What is our country coming to if we can’t even welcome the elected POTUS and show him that he is welcome here and the US is a crucial ally once again as we desperately try to escape the clutches of the corrupt EU? North Korea, Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia, many parallels from history can be aligned to this latest attack on the Freedom of Speech.
We are living in very dark times indeed and unless we stand for Free Speech, we will all be slaves and never truly free.