Wednesday, December 01, 2010

SOCPA restrictions on protest to be repealed

Following on from the last post it also seems that the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill 2010-11 will be repealing the restrictions on protests that were introduced under SOCPA. Section 139 states,
(1) Demonstrations in vicinity of Parliament: repeal of SOCPA 2005 provisions Sections 132 to 138 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (which regulate demonstrations and use of loudspeakers in the vicinity of Parliament) are repealed.

(2)The public assemblies in relation to which section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 applies, as a consequence of the repeal of section 132(6) of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, include public assemblies which started, or were being organised, before this section comes into force.
I'm thinking a few people might be happy with that, although I don't know if it will go far enough for some.

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