• continued so you can read...A number of people were arrested in the UK this week for protesting the monarchy, or calling out Andrews behaviour, based for breaches of the peace, or seeking to cause an offense (public order offense), what are your thoughts, and please leave some clips of how your countries folk protest. The New policing Act has damaged this democracy.
  • There are legal and illegal protests. "Freedom of speech" isn't really relevant in the UK since they - like almost all nations other than the U.S. - do not by law protect freedom of speech. (They DO by law protect several RELATED things, several specific SUBCATEGORIES of freedom of speech, but not freedom of speech itself). *** That being said: yes, even in the U.S. protests can be legal or illegal. Consider - for example - a protest that brings interstate traffic to a standstill. This has happened in the U.S. before...and typically the protestors are arrested for violating traffic laws (or whatever other ordinance is violated by such a protest). *** For another real historical example of illegal protest even in the U.S.: consider protestors who block entry to an abortion clinic.
    • Creamcrackered
      It falls under Article 10 of the Human Rights Act, but there are restrictions and penalties. Thank you for your imput, yes insulate Britain members have been incarcerated in the UK for stopping traffic.
  • No what he did is wrong hes not getting away with it. If he comes to Australia I'll be protesting yes I will drive 4 hours to the city . For to long too many powerful poeple have got away with too much now the Queen is dead she cant protect him. Lets be honest he should be in jail.
    • Creamcrackered
      I agree regarding Andrew, I think the Kings coronation will be very different.
  • It's ok as long as it doesn't put people in jeopardy.
  • In the US where I live protests are legal as long as they are peaceful and obey the law. Civil disobedience is illegal. People doing civil disobedience are subject to the laws that are relevant to them.
  • There is not only a time and place but also lawful and unlawful protest. You can't yell "FIRE" in a crowded public place, for obvious reasons. Here are a couple links:,of%20property%20and%20lighting%20fires. And while you may have a right to free speech people are free to disagree, even angrily! And on the other side there is a legal defense for provocation and self defense.

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