Is banning all marches really justified? Why not learn from N.Ireland?

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So HM’s Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department has decided to ban all marches in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and four neighbouring London Boroughs for a period of 30 days.

Why is this felt necessary? Because the Metropolitan Police applied for this ban as they

consider that it would result in serious public disorder and that placing restrictions or conditions on such a march – for example its duration, location and size – would not be enough to prevent the disorder

Will this really make a difference? And with it all marches are banned because the police feel they cannot police the marches of the English Defence League. What will happen? Will the police be able to stop a march?

Banning marches has been tried before in the United Kingdom. In 1971 all marches were banned in Northern Ireland. We all know what happened in Londonderry when the banned Civil Rights March still took place which resulted in many deaths on 30 January 1972.

Let us hope that the Police in London will not see the same results.

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