On an evening when 670 protests around the world were staged (1) and 20,000 protesters took to the streets of London (2), coverage by the BBC was lacking. On the live channel, there was no mention of the protests between 1820hrs and 1930hrs (2). However, there were constant updates on the 20,000 holidaymakers stranded in Sharm-el-Sheikh. If those 20K stranded are important to cover, why aren’t the 20K taking to the streets of London against capitalism? On the BBC app and website, there was no mention of the protests at all (3). The day after the protest, there is no mention of it on the front page of the BBC website, despite 50 arrests and three injured police officers (4). In order to find the linked article you had to go to the politics section, where the article is displayed in a small corner.
Feel how you will about this individual protest (very, very pro if you wondered), but to see that 59% of people polled (3) think that the power to protest should be taken away if there is a risk of public disorder is terrifying. YOU have the right to protest and speak your mind about anything you choose. That is YOUR right. Imagine if someday this was applied to you when you were trying to show your opinion. If we take away the right of protest, which is already limited by law (5), then we begin to lose our right to stand up for what we believe in.
1 – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/million-mask-march-anti-establishment-protests-expected-in-over-670-cities-across-the-world-a6722286.html
2 – Personal experience
3 – Personal experience
3 – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11975183/Million-Mask-March-Anonymous-protesters-hurl-fireworks-at-police-in-London-live.html
4 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34741434
5 – http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/may/01/right-to-protest-under-attack