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Repeal or Amend SOCPA 2005

Comment 16th August 2010

Hi Goverment,

I would like a change or a full repeal of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act of 2005. Part of this act involved designating sites by order of Secretary of State, such as nuclear power stations, which, if trespassed, incurred servere penalties.

In a one-man protest against the way the government was handling the economy prior to the G8 meetings of May 2009, I climbed over the railings into the front lawn of the Houses of Parliament following a peaceful march through the city. I sat peacefully on the lawn and when approached, stated "This is the people's parliament, and I am one of the people".

I was arrested and eventually cautioned for "Trespass on sites designated by order of Secretary of State. Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 S.128."

My point is this: how can sitting on the lawn of my own government's meeting place be as bad as breaking into a nuclear power station? Clearly, making a stand for democracy should not be penalised in such a way. Please amend or repeal the law. Thank you.

Why does this matter?

I believe my idea is important as it will remove an unnecessary restriction on the valid right to protest by the people of Britain.

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