This is a guest post by Polly

29th April – how was it for you? Possibly you were at a bit of a loose end if you’re the Syrian Ambassador, personally I spent the day cleaning. Some people however spent it residing in the cells at their local police station.

People like Chris Knight who was arrested  on suspicion apparently of   “planning to behead effigies of Prince William, the Queen, Charles and Camilla”,  or Charlie Veitch arrested on “suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance and breach of the peace.”

The ‘zombie wedding’ planned by knight was openly advertised on facebook  but has now been deleted – apparently along with up to 50 other sites

The  arrests aren’t exactly surprising, since over a week before the royal wedding, “pre-emptive” strikes were already being forecast in the press.

They weren’t the only arrests on the day – activists in Soho square were arrested

Iranian channel Press TV claimed technology to block Twitter was installed at Westminster Abbey

I’m not the only person by now who is wondering what exactly is going on in this country. Whilst there is obviously a policing problem with huge numbers of people on the streets and terrorist threats by the real IRA, both Knight and Veitch were quite open about their plans to protest.  Charlie Veitch’s girlfriend said:

“I am very concerned that not only has somebody been arrested on an issue of free speech, and arrested for something he might say, he’s been held for almost 24 hours,”

“It’s quite outrageous.

I know some people worry about anarchists but police know that Charlie uses a megaphone. There’s a strong non-violent tradition of anarchism.”

In total 55 people were arrested and 90 were banned from  central London

Police even raided a vegetable garden near Heathrow.

Media coverage has, unsurprisingly,  been sparse, but whatever happened to the right to protest against an event that is not only of little interest to 79%  of us but could allegedly cost the economy billions?

Metropolitan police commander Christine Jones told a journalist before the wedding that “There are 364 other days of the year when people can come to London and demonstrate and frankly it’s not appropriate on the day of the royal wedding for people to come to London with that intent.”

So it’s official –  the Met don’t want you to say that actually you don’t give a toss about Wills and Kate and you’d rather do without them. And if you insist on your right to make that clear anyway they’ll make sure you can’t.

Makes me wonder why they bothered dis-inviting the Syrian ambassador.

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