Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

A woman holds up a sign objecting to the 42 day detention proposal as Metropolitan police look on.

42 Days Terrorism Bill Protest. Whitehall, London, UK. 12th May 2008.

By Published Last Edited 2008-05-12 00:00:00

Protesters and activists gather in London to protest at the 42 Days Terrorism Bill proposed by the government who are seeking a minimum 42 days detention period for terrorist suspects detained in the UK under British law.

Civil liberty campaigners claim the bill will lead to arbitrary detention and a wholesale 'undermining' of 'presumption of innocence' which underpins the British judicial system.

The 42 day terror bill is particularly controversial due to provisions contained within it that allow for punishment outside of the 'normal judicial process'.

Activists gather outside Downing Street to carry out their protest.

Activists gather outside Downing Street to carry out their protest.

They listen to speakers who talk about the governments proposals.

They listen to speakers who talk about the governments proposals.

A protester holds up a placard in reference to the underlying causes of the bills controversy.

A protester holds up a placard in reference to the underlying causes of the bills controversy.

An activist refers to the bill's arbitrary nature.

An activist refers to the bill's arbitrary nature.

A man holds a sign referring to the provision within the bill that allows police authorities to asks courts for 'in camera' inquests into cases of 'death in custody'.

A man holds a sign referring to the provision within the bill that allows police authorities to asks courts for 'in camera' inquests into cases of 'death in custody'.

A woman hands out leaflets.

A woman hands out leaflets.

A large banner invoking the Magna Carta.

A large banner invoking the Magna Carta.

We are all terror suspects.

We are all terror suspects.