With one of the world’s most successful vaccination programs, Britain is on the verge of ending its lockdowns that were among the most restrictive in the western world. But recent access to information request revealed that with its lockdown soon to end, the government wants to extend its law banning protests. Some are calling it a blatant attack on freedom of speech.
The British government is reportedly seeking to extend powers granted to police to crack down on protests even after lockdown restrictions are lifted, raising concerns about the state of freedom of speech in the country.
A freedom of information request has revealed that Home Secretary Priti Patel wrote to the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), questioning how the government could continue to limit protests.
In the September letter, reported by The Observer on Sunday, Patel said that while protesting is “a cornerstone of our democracy”, she inquired as to how the Home Office could prevent protests from impacting upon “the rights of others to go about their daily business”.
“I would like to know… what steps the government could take to ensure the police have the right powers and capabilities to respond to protests,” she wrote to the head of HMICFRS, Sir Thomas Winsor.
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Now, there is nothing wrong with peaceful protests.
What is wrong is when protests lead to violence as they did again last night in Portland, when protestors linked to Antifa decided to oppose Biden’s reopening of child detention centres in Texas, by rioting in Portland, destroying people’s vehicles and attacking small businesses.
The Blaze explains:
Videos posted to social media showed hundreds of black-clad protesters creating chaos in the streets.
Other videos showed police reportedly backing away from engaging the protesters because of their level of violence.