by William Bowles
So sensibly, the state allowed the march to take place rather than use a law passed in the 1840s to curtail the activities of the Chartists (there’s gotta be lesson here for us somewhere). However, with the able ‘assistance’ of the police, what should have been short and sweet (and thus out of the public’s view as quickly as possible) was turned into a shambolic 1/4 mile march down Whitehall ending not in one sit down but two, both of which passed off peacefully as far as I know, although at least three people were arrested according a Stop The War steward I spoke to.
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