Sunday, 18 April 2010

Stik, Dow Chemical Co, Fake Cops

LSD went to meet Stik and show some support for this worthy cause. We knew Stik had painted some banners and we also knew there was a planned sponsored Water Run of sorts supported by the chemical giant Dow. This was canceled at the last minute due to the noise which had been made by anti-Dow protestors who were planning a day of direct action on the same date and in the same vicinity as the sponsored Water event.

It didn't take long before the Community Park Ranger came and laid down the so-called law on where and how they could hang their banners. Its wasn't the fault of the Community Park Ranger as they are just on the front line and trying to earn a living anyway they can to put food on the table. This we can sympathise with and understand.  Sadly due to massive cuts in basic law enforcement departments we are now coming face to face with relatively unqualified and poorly trained individuals who on given the slight bit of authority tend to take this illegal power to extremes.




The debate rolled on…The offending banners other than those put in trees by Stik were taken down and laid down on the grass. The Rangers wanted them out of sight but later accepted that the banners were doing no real harm.  The point is there was no recourse, no-one they could call to ask permission if they could be displayed on the grass.



It should be noted however that if Dow didn't pull out of the event the park would've been drenched in their banners. History states that Victoria Park was the first public park in the UK. The public part of the term Public Park means its open to the public but doesn't belong to the public because it belongs to the Council and though theoretically the Council is funded by public money you still cant hang a banner in that public space…































































































2 comments:

  1. Thanks for writing this. It was great to meet you on Saturday. Just a comment on the last point you made in this blog entry: I was part of a protest outside a town council meeting in Crawley (of all places) a few months back, and my fellow protestors and I were told by police and private security guards that we couldn't protest in front of the entrance to the town hall because it was private property. "Who owns it?" I asked. They told us the council owns it. "Who owns, elects and legitimises the council?" I asked. They said they weren't going to get into any debates about democracy, and that if I wouldn't mind I should just move three metres away onto the pavement next to the road - which is public property.

    Cheers
    Brendan

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