#OccupyDemocracy: Boris Johnson Squanders Quarter of a Million Pounds Suppressing Peaceful Pro-Democracy Prostest in Parliament Square as Protesters Vow to Return Monthly until General Election

Posted: January 5, 2015 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

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#OccupyDemocracy: Boris Johnson Squanders Quarter of a Million Pounds Suppressing Peaceful Pro-Democracy Protest in Parliament Square as Protesters Vow to Return Monthly until General Election

Freedom of Information requests to Boris Johnson’s Greater London Authority and Metropolitan Police reveal that the Mayor spent nearly £250,000 [1] in October trying to prevent peaceful pro-democracy protesters [2] from protesting in Parliament Square (dubbed “Tarpaulin Square” by the demonstrators).

The documents also revealed that at the height of Johnson’s efforts to prevent peaceful pro-democracy protesters sitting on tarpaulin placed on the grass, the Metropolitan Police had over 500 police on site.

Boris Johnson’s police operation – which was both disproportionate and heavy handed as well as farcical and surreal – seems to have been designed to crush this new peaceful movement for genuine democracy. At one point 140 officers were counted trying to confiscate a piece of tarpaulin that 30 people were sitting…

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