House of Commons
Re - Fathers Fear
Government Crackdown in Election Run Up
It's going to get worse, not
better. This is also after passage of the Prevention of Terrorism
bill. Since protest is now antisocial, you can expect that even
sending a couple of emails or holding a peaceful rally will be the
subject of ASBOs.
moderate animal rights supporters, moderate anti-war protesters a la
Greenham Common, countryside alliance, people standing outside
parliament with a sandwich board - anyone who rocks the boat can
expect arbitrary policing. We can't start mending the damage until
we get rid of this autistic, self-serving, destructive
We need some joined-up thinking among the full
range of democratic protest groups on restoring democracy and
ancient rights. We need to make it a priority to get rid of New
Labour now, ideally by tactical voting toward a hung parliament.
We've just had an anti-war march, but what we really need is a Death
of Democracy march.
Criminalizing peaceful protest should be
the place to start building a national movement for democratic
accountability. This could be the Rosa Parks moment for all of us
who uphold the constitutional values on which this country was
built. Peaceful protest is a right, not a liberty. Sometimes it's an
Matt O'Conner [F4J] Source:
In the past few weeks we
have done Downing Street (Not forgetting the PM in May), Fathers
activists have apparently targeted Labour Offices and there is a
Labour conference in Wales this weekend along with an election in 8
weeks. Is it any surprise that the people inside tonight are those
who climbed Downing Street.
This over reaction on the
part of the authorities (the detention, the police raids, jail) is
politically motivated by an attempt to intimidate Fathers 4 Justice.
We expect to see more of this in the coming weeks as Police &
Press infiltrate our ranks and more activists face heavy sanctions.
We now have our Guantanamo Dads.
In the midst of this madness
(and we were all upset at HO today about this) we must hold our
course. Sacrifice is part of this struggle and Andy James and Pete
Chippin knew this. These guys are brave and courageous, the first
F4Jr's to be sent down. These might be the first but they won't be
the last. We have to be prepared now for the coming weeks and months
Best Wishes and Good Luck to you