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Amplifier confiscation destroys all Boris Johnson’s work attacking Russia. Here’s how

Politically closer than comfort allows? Boris Johnson and Vladimir Putin.

Oh what a shame. After all his talk about opposing Russia, someone has pointed out that Boris Johnson imitates the repression of that country.

Labour’s Chris Bryant was pointing out that the removal of ‘Stop Brexit Steve’ Bray’s amplifiers, which he used to protest against the UK’s departure from the EU, was reminiscent of the kind of suppression of the people for which Russia used to be famous.

The equipment was taken under a clause of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act that seems to have been written specifically in order to allow Mr Bray’s equipment to be removed.

In the clip you can hear Andrea Leadsom weakly trying to defend the draconian policy – but even she knows she’s on a hiding to nothing.

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Fascism? Anti-Brexit protester silenced (almost) on day anti-protest Act comes into law

How do you like the new British fascism?

On the very day the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act that bans “noisy” protest became law, police swooped on anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray and confiscated his amplifiers.

Mr Bray, of Port Talbot, has been a regular feature in Westminster for many years, protesting against Brexit. He regularly used his equipment to broadcast protest songs about Boris Johnson, notably during Prime Minister’s Questions.

But after the new Act came into force, which extends a “controlled area” around Westminster where activities like sleeping in a tent are restricted, around 15 police officers swooped on Mr Bray and took his equipment:

According to the Mirror,

One clause that commenced this morning is for police to “impose conditions on one-person protests” – a law critics have speculated was drawn up because of Mr Bray.

A senior police officer can impose conditions on a one-person protest if they “reasonably believe” the noise it creates “may result in serious disruption to the activities of an organisation in the vicinity, or have a significant, relevant impact on people in the vicinity.”

This disruption includes if people in the organisation can’t “reasonably carry out any one of their activities for a prolonged period of time.”

This Writer has seen no evidence that this was the case when Mr Bray’s equipment was taken.

I would certainly encourage you to read the Mirror article, especially the comments by representatives of organisations opposing the draconian measures in the Act. They make its consequences very clear.

This is likely to be the mildest example of the new policy’s enforcement.

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