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Repeal the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005

Comment 6th July 2010

I would appeal to the current Government to repeal the sections realating to protest and campaigns in  the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 e.g Part 5: "Interference with contractual relationships so as to harm animal research organisation".

Why does this matter?

In 2005 the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 was introduced by the labour Govt. This Law was trumpeted by politicians as an attempt to crackdown on crimes such as gangsterism, racketeering, people trafficking and sexual slavery, what it ended up as however was a crackdown on our right to organise and protest.

For a piece of legislation apparently designed to tackle some of the most heinous activities in our society it bizarrely contains a whole section specifically outlawing animal rights campaigning.

Sean Kirtley, an activist from Stop Sequani Labs in England became the first high profile victim of this Act receiving four and a half years (and a five year ASBO on release) for taking part in what even the police admitted was a peacefull protest against the Lab in 2007.  last year after serving sixteen months the Court of Appeal overturned his conviction.

This Act is an infringement of and interferance by the state into everyones democratic right to protest and involvement in campaigning.

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