UPDATE 09 December 2009
It appears that the Metropolitan Police are intimidating the organisers, with the threat of arrest
under unspecified laws, into not holding a peaceful demonstration at Buckingham Palace.
UPDATE 10th December 2009:
We have been passed an email from Inspector Emma Richards from the Metropolitan Police Royal Parks Operational Command Unit (who could have emailed firstname.lastname@example.org directly) which clarifies under which law they are banning the Buckingham Palace demonstration in support of Gary McKinnon:
Statutory Instrument 1997 No. 1639 The Royal Parks and Other Open Spaces Regulations 1997 section 17, which says:
(17) organise or take part in any assembly, display, performance, representation, parade, procession, review or theatrical event;
These words do not actually cover a short term "static political demonstration" or a "plea for mercy".The regulations are to do with commercial exploitation of all of the Royal Parks, and road traffic speed limits etc.
Inspector Richards went on to say:
I am concerned that the wording implies that the Metropolitan Police is against your demonstration/cause. A detrimental comment has been made on the website and I am keen to stop this escalating. The reason for the refusal is due to the legislation.
That is exactly the impression which the Metropolitan Police Service at Charing Cross Police Station, who dealt with the SOCPA 2005 section 132 -138 Designated Area prior written application for the Home office demonstration gave, by failing to clearly communicate about this regulation in the first place, but instead, talking disproportionately and inappropriately about "terrorism".
There will be now be another peaceful demonstration in support of Gary McKinnon, at the Home Office in Marsham Street, London, this coming Tuesday 15th December 2009 from 12 noon until 2pm
and from 2pm onwards at Buckingham Palace.
Media Contact details:
We will pass on your messages to the demonstration organisers and spokespeople, or try to answer your queries ourselves.
Will Home Secretary Alan Johnson and his senior civil servant advisors at the Home Office get the message from the British public, and manage to get themselves out of the political mess which they have created, over the Extradition Act 2003 and the Gary McKinnon extradition case ?
Tuesday 15th December 2009 from 12 noon until 2pm
Home Office main entrance, Peel Building (between the defensive / ornamental moats ponds) , Marsham Street, Westminster, London - see this location map
Nearest Tube stations:
Westminster or St. James Park - see the Transport for London website for journey planning details.
London Bus Route 88 Clapham Common - Vauxhall - Westminster - Oxford Circus - Camden Town, stops directly outside the Home Office main entrance in Marsham Street, supposedly every 7 or 8 minutes.
There is a Westminster Council run public toilet quite close to the Home Office in Regency Place:-- turn right along Horseferry Road at the southern end of Marsham Street.
SOCPA 2005 s 132 Designated Area
The Home Office is, inappropriately, just within the Designated Area around Parliament Square, so the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 sections 132 to 138 apply. The organisers have already applied for the necessary prior written permission.
Loudspeakers and loudhailers are banned, but, given the volume of the chanting at the previous demonstrations, these would probably be superfluous anyway.
The Metropolitan Police can impose arbitrary extra conditions, at the time of the demonstration, but, hopefully, if things go as per the previous demonstrations at the Home Office, there should be no problems.
There will also be a demonstration at Buckingham Palace at the western end of The Mall, London, next Tuesday 15th December 2009 from 2pm onwards
Will Her Majesty the Queen be able to influence her stubborn Labour Government to treat Gary McKinnon with mercy, and not allow him to be extradited to the USA, but to be tried here in the United Kingdom ?
Tuesday 15th December 2009 from 2pm onwards
Buckingham Palace, The Mall, London SW1 1AA
Location Map of Buckingham Palace
Nearest Tube stations:
Victoria (and mainline railway), Green Park, Hyde Park Corner or St. James's Park - see the Transport for London website for journey planning details.
There are lots of buses which stop near Buckingham Palace e.g. Routes 2, 16, 36, 38, 52, 73, 82, 148, 436, 701, C2, 702, 797, X90
See London Bus Routes
There are no Westminster Council run public toilets near Buckingham Palace.
Buckingham Palace is a SOCPA 2005 section 128 Protected SIte
Buckingham Palace is not within the Serious Organised Crime Act 2005 section 132 - 138 Designated Area around Parliament Square.
However, it is a Protected Site under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 section 128 Offence of trespassing on protected site, (previously a Designated Site until the Terrorism Act 2006 amendment which changed the word "designated" to "protected").
(b) Buckingham Palace, the Mall, London, SW1A 1AA and its curtilage, including the buildings within that curtilage;
The curtilage means the outer walls and fences and gates of the site.
You can be arrested, but only by a constable in uniform not by Police Community Support Officers or by other security staff or military personnel on guard at Buckingham Palace,if you cross the gates, fences or walls of this outer boundary of the site. You would then face up to 51 weeks in prison and / or a level 5 fine (up to £5000).
Writing to Her Majesty The Queen
In advance of the demonstration, you could write to Her Majesty the Queen, in support of Gary McKinnon:
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
London SW1A 1AA
Start your letter formally to "Your Majesty".
More hints and tips about going on a demonstration in this part of central London: