"I will apply for authorisation to demonstrate in the vicinity of Parliament every day for a month from 1st August 2005 but only if 50 other responsible citizens will do the same."
— Robin Grant, responsible citizen
Deadline to sign up by: 31st July 2005
54 people signed up (4 over target)
Country: United Kingdom
On August the 2nd, the police will start enforcing section 132 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, which will stop anyone 'demonstrating without authorisation' in this designated area:
Which not only includes The Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square and Downing Street, but the Home Office, the Foreign Office, the Treasury and the Ministry of Defence. That's what we call freedom, folks.
Interestingly, it might be interpreted by some as a form of protest itself, if a group of say, 50 responsible citizens, wanting to avoid commiting 'serious organised crime', were to apply for authorisation to demonstrate (for example they might be walking from the tube to St James' park wearing their Make Poverty History band), every day for a month. I imagine it might take up quite a bit of police time, especially if those requests were delivered to a wide variety of police stations throughout the metropolitan area.
To send 31 notices by recorded delivery will cost less than £27 (or you could hand deliver them for nothing).
More details and links here:
Robin Grant, the Pledge Creator, joined by: