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the right to protest: who dares to care?

schmoo | 18.05.2006 04:39 | Free Spaces | London | World

Suggestion: permanent 'protest center' to be built on Parliament Sq, opposite Parliament, London + pictures of Brian Haw protest May 11th

Who Dares To Care?

Responsible citizenship = protesting, investigating, whistle blowing, complaining, warning, writing to the newspapers, writing your own newspaper, jumping up and down, screaming, organising demonstrations, and waving fists (but not fist fighting, especially if you are a peace activist).

An Idea:

What we need is a 'protest bunker center' (or maybe hut) built with public cash, on (or under) Parliament Square opposite the Houses of Parliament.

Designed by a top architect, to the highest of specifications, it's purpose would be to serve all the protests and demonstrations that wish to make their points outside the 'Mother of Parliaments'.

Inside the facilities should include a small TV & radio studio, telephones, computers with broadband connections, and a small meeting room. Outside should be properly designed exibition display installations, for permanent as well as constantly changing placards, posters, banners etc.

A paid position of 'Parliamentary Protest Coordinator' should be created, and Brian Haw should be the first one! He should be given an annual budget to pay helpers to run the center.

'Fundamentalist' comrades will say this is an outrage; how can a serious revolution be organised from a government supported 'Protest Center'?

They forget that Karl Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto in comfort of the British Libary.

Still, if the 'Protest Center' was to happen, they could always organise a protest - outside the protest center.

More + some half way decent pictures of the brilliant Brian Haw protest exhibition (may 11) opposite Parliament:

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