Wednesday, April 12, 2006

UK: British Anti-War Activist Fined for Reading Aloud

Milan Rai (seen above at another demonstration) a author and founder of the British Anti-War group Justice Not Vengeance was put on trial March 16, 2006 for an unauthorized protest. The trial was moved to today and the verdict was a fine of £350. What was he doing to warrant arrest? Reading aloud the names of killed British soldiers from the Iraq war too close to the Cenotaph, a famous war memorial near the British Parliament. The prosecution came due to a new law enacted last year the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, which prohibits demonstrations within a kilometer from Parliament without Police consent and six days notice.

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