Sunday, February 13, 2011

Protest and Public Space

Listening to events unforld in Tahrir Square reminds me once again the topography of protest. Land use lawyers are only to aware how spatial the right to free speech is in practice, location is so often central to the message.

It makes me sigh inwardly to think again of the imminent eviction of Brian Haw from Parliament Square in London, who has been protesting there and survived various legal battles since 2001.

The Prime Minister David Cameron is apparently insistent that he will have to be moved by April after a decade of protest. Why? For the Royal Wedding, obviously. He mustn't spoil Kate and Will's big day. Sigh. 

Antonia Layard

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Thanks so much for this post. I will be looking to hear more about what becomes of this public witness for peace. When I lived in DC in the late 80s, my Catholic Worker activities brought me into contact with Connie Picciotto who shared a 24/7 vigil for peace across the street from the White House. It ultimately lasted nearly 30 years and still continues in a new form today.

Jim K.

Posted by: Jim Kelly | Feb 18, 2011 6:06:59 PM