Anti-war protest placards removed from Parliament

Police have removed anti-war placards, which were part of a five-year vigil by peace activist Brian Haw, from outside the Houses of Parliament.

Police removed the placards belonging to Mr Haw in the early hours of Tuesday morning, leaving him with just one placard.

Earlier this month, Court of Appeal judges overturned a ruling allowing Mr Haw to continue with his protest, which began in June 2001.

Metropolitan Police took action over allegations that Mr Haw breached conditions relating to demonstrations under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act.

The legislation, which was widely seen as being brought in to force Mr Haw to cease his protest, was brought into force last year. It bans unauthorised protests in and around Parliament Square and restricts permitted protests to cover no more than three metres.

Mr Haw will now have to apply to police for authorisation to be allowed to continue the dispute.

A decision on whether or not he will be evicted from his protests may be made at Bow Street Magistrates' Court next Tuesday, when Mr Haw will face allegations that he breached protest conditions.


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