Press TV, London
Soon this might be illegal in the UK. Holding a banner, beating a drum and raising your voice in protest. The government’s controversial police, crime, sentencing and Courts Bill is currently being debated at the House of Lords. If passed any non-violent public assembly could be snuffed out.
There is a sense of impending doom. The people here fear an Orwellian scenario, in which democracy as they know it, flawed as it is might become a thing of the past. The new police powers would set conditions on the duration of protests, noise levels, and locations. The British feel the walls are closing in on them manifesting in more than just the bill.
The bill also proposes to introduce new laws that penalize stopping on private and public land without authorization. This would have the effect of criminalizing the way of life of Gypsy, Roma and traveler people.
The Tory government seems to be fishing in murky waters, taking advantage of distractions like the pandemic to push through draconian laws like the police bill and the borders and nationality bill. But the people out on London’s streets say they have the government sussed and won’t stand for it.