PARLIAMENT ARREST- COLLEGE GREEN- SOCPA (Serious Organised Crime & Police Act) 1:19pm. 14/4/10
On Wednesday 14th April approx 12:40 pm. I was stood outside 4 Millbank holding a paper sign saying “NUKILLER POWER NO”. Mr Carr holding a placard approached me expressing concerns regarding his arrest the previous day for assault and that he may be arrested again whilst displaying his placard, I said he had nothing to fear because he was protected by article 10 ECHR and agreed to go with him to college green.
On arrival at the green Mr Carr stood some distance from a BBC crew and was approached by them asking him to go away an argument broke out and Mr Carr was accusing the BBC of telling lies which had resulted in his arrest the previous day- 3 Parliamentary police officers were present and the BBC made representations to them regarding Mr Carr. It seemed the police were of the opinion that as long as Mr Carr complied with his bail conditions (That he remained10 Meters from the TV camera.) that was sufficient.
Mr Carr was stood next to me, he was displaying his placard and I was displaying my sign, the BBC were insisting that Mr Carr should go away, I remarked that they were interfering with ECHR under Article 10 and made the comment that we should democratise the media and that I had not voted for the BBC and that the BBC constitution stated that controversial issues should be treated with due impartiality and balance and that the BBC had been the greatest promoters of cigarettes, transmitting over 400 hours of tobacco sponsored programmes per year such as Embassy World Snooker etc.
PC P617 came over to me asking my details etc. I was repeating what he said in a loud voice and included my solicitors phone number, I asked the officer if I was breaking the law he said “No” He gave me a receipt saying:
“Above male spoken to by police on Abingdon Green Westminster. Male was holding a sign saying “NUKILLER POWER NO” male was shouting and causing a nuisance causing a film crew to halt filming.” (Time 12:55 pm.)
After the film crew had packed up and left the green PC P855 (Who arrested Mr Carr the previous day?) approached Mr Carr saying now the TV cameras have gone there is no need for you to be here, I remarked that Mr Carr was an intelligent man and it was up to him etc. PC P855 left; I then decided to get my soapbox from my bicycle, on return Mr Carr departed.
I stood on the soap box first quoting Article 10 (Which I dictated.) and then making a presentation regarding the dangers of Nuclear Power, I was then approached by PC P617. I accused him of being in breach of Article 10 (Interference by public authority.) And asked him to go away which is what he did. PC P409 then approached asking if I had SOCPA authorisation I said I was acting under the protection of Article 10 ECHR he said you need SOCPA I said that article 10 over ruled SOCPA he then showed me his watch asking if it was showing the correct time pointing to Big Ben, there was a tree obscuring Big Ben, when I stepped off my soap box to view he arrested me for breach of SOCPA. (Time of arrest 1:19 pm.)
I was taken to Charring Cross Police Station and when interviewed by WPC Roberts CPU I responded by saying “I was acting under the protection of Article 10 of the European Charter of Human Rights – That just about covers it!” No comment was replied to further questions. I refused the bail conditions (Which was not to enter a 1 Km. area around Parliament) was charged with section 134 (2) SOCPA, 132(1) (B) and 136(2) SOCPA 2005. My reply to the charge was “I was operating under article 10 of the ECHR and I don’t feel as though I am involved in serious organised crime… I was kept overnight taken to court the next day, the duty solicitor argued the word demonstration was not defined and Article 10 had supremacy. The judge allowed unconditional bale but said if I demonstrated I would be arrested?
ARTICLE 10 -1) Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises. 2) The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or the rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.
SOCPA -134 Authorisation of demonstrations in designated area (2) The Commissioner must give authorisation for the demonstration to which the notice relates. 132 Demonstrating without authorisation in designated area (1) Any person who— (b) takes part in a demonstration in a public place in the designated area, or 136 Offences under sections 132 to 135: penalties (2) A person guilty of an offence under section 132(1) (b) or (c) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.
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