March for Free Expression

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Donations - a final push

We are just £750 short of our target. Thank you very much indeed for your generosity so far. Just one last push...




4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Er this isn't donations related but I just wanted to point out this:

"LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN
In response to the March for Free Expression's decision to welcome people bringing the Danish cartoons on placards and t-shirts, we are requesting our supporters to write to the Metropolitan Police asking them to prevent anyone carrying or wearing these disgusting cartoons on the basis that it will lead to a disturbance of the peace.

InshaAllah we'll have a model letter and an address on the site tomorrow and we'll be having a meeting with the police as well."


Someone should reiterate to the met that we will absolutely not be involved in any violence and that we will be fully cooperating with the police on the day to remove banners if they make that request at that moment in time for example due to violence breaking out but we strongly oppose an outright ban. We will not cause or retaliate violence in any way and we believe that this organised letter writing is an blatant attempt to undermine and censor the protest and is in fact a thinly veiled threat i.e "if you don't stop the banners our bulldog groups will start trouble".

Comon these guys are trying to take the very freedom we are protesting for! Make sure we put our case to the police to match their lobbying. And make sure we have back-up banners just in case - if it comes to it gaffer tape the cartoons and make it clear that we have been censored out of threats.

11:29 am  
Anonymous publicansdecoy said...

>>we are requesting our supporters to write to the Metropolitan Police asking them to prevent anyone carrying or wearing these disgusting cartoons on the basis that it will lead to a disturbance of the peace

Hang on a second! They're the ones threatening violence, not the people who will actually be displaying the cartoons on the march. This is madness!

11:33 am  
Anonymous Nick Pullar said...

We will not be provoking violence and we will be asking anyone who has a violent or racist banner to take it down. We have already had a Stewards meeting where the Steward's responsibilities in this matter were made very clear. Stewards were instructed that if people with offending material do not comply with a request to surrender their banner, the Stewards will ask the police to intervene and remove the person with the banner from the rally.

The letter writing campaign referred to does seem like a threat (if you display banners we don't like, we will breach the peace) so I hope the police will see it for what it is an respond appropriately.

11:50 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cartoons are still allowed so-far though right? i.e the stewards wont take them unless something goes very wrong on the day?

10:48 pm  

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