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Has The Law Finally Won?

Time could finally be up for Parliament Square war protesters

Written by . Published on December 8th 2011.

Has The Law Finally Won?

FOR ten years now a group of tents, banners, and placards have been part of the Parliament Square backdrop in an anti-war protest stand against the government's foreign affairs policies.

Admired by some sneered at by others, the protesters face their sternest test yet with the Conservative-led Westminster Council aiming to remove all tents through the implementation of a new by-law.

The legislation, due to be agreed upon today, would make it illegal for tents to be positioned on the pavement at Parliament Square.

Council leader Colin Barrow had this to say, "I think everybody in London is getting fed up with the guys in Parliament Square, they've been there for ten years.

We've been trying all kind of legal methods to get them cleared off and finally we've got primary legislation which will enable the police to back what we do [using] our own by-law. We're now passing the relevant by-law and hopefully we'll be able to get rid of this problem for good." 

However the news doesn't seem to rubbing strong with all concerned. Maria, who has lived on the famous square for the past five and a half years says, "there's too many principles at stakes here. This is too important a site symbolically. Crucially it is right opposite the Houses of Parliament where they make a lot of decisions – many of which we don't agree with.”

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