Terence Bunch

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A man is stopped and searched in Trafalgar Square as the protesters assemble. London. 5th April 2008. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Repeal SOCPA Sections 132-138 Protest, Protest Freedom. London. 5th April 2008.

By Published Last Edited 2008-04-05 00:00:00

SOCPA protesters gather in London to repeat protests calling for the repeal of sections 132-138 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 aka SOCPA.

The protest takes place as the government concede defeat and place the offending sections of SOCPA before Parliament for repeal.

The protesters begin from Trafalgar Square and walk through the SOCPA zone along Whitehall to Parliament Square and then onto the Home Office before visiting the Security and Intelligence Services at MI5 before returning back to Trafalgar Square.

The police adopt a more tolerant tone to the protesters in marked contrast to an earlier protest on January 12th (see 12/01/2008).

London. 5th April 2008.

Freedom of assembly protesters hold a banner outside Parliament during their protest.

Freedom of assembly protesters hold a banner outside Parliament during their protest.

A sign close to Downing Street declares the site protected under section 128 of the act.

A sign close to Downing Street declares the site protected under section 128 of the act.

The protesters arrive and hold up their banner outside the Home Office.

The protesters arrive and hold up their banner outside the Home Office.

The group walk along Whitehall during their incursion into the designated area.

The group walk along Whitehall during their incursion into the designated area.

They meet with Brian Haw who was assaulted during the last SOCPA protest.

They meet with Brian Haw who was assaulted during the last SOCPA protest.

A man holds a placard alluding to the nature and effects of the conditions imposed around Parliament.

A man holds a placard alluding to the nature and effects of the conditions imposed around Parliament.

Members of the Metropolitan Polices Forward Intelligence Teams gather information on those taking part.

Members of the Metropolitan Polices Forward Intelligence Teams gather information on those taking part.

A man holds leaflets setting out why SOCPA offends which he hands out freely to passers-by.

A man holds leaflets setting out why SOCPA offends which he hands out freely to passers-by.