Fallujah. First time round.2004
When Fallujah was attacked and bombed by US forces in 2004, I later joined a friend in standing outside the House of Commons on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Between us, we held a sheet on which was written in red paint the number of civilians killed during this first battle of Fallujah.
The number was something in the region of 600 people, all Iraqi, all civilians.
Our presence on the pavement was a silent witness to these deaths. No leaflets were handed out and I made no attempt to engage people in a discussion.
Nevertheless, at the end of the afternoon, I was charged under the newly passed Serious Organised Crime and Police Act. http://bit.ly/29f4Xhg
This law was one of the more repressive Acts introduced during Tony Blair’s time as Prime Minister which sought to curb the individual’s right to protest.
You have to wonder what it was Blair feared that he had to go to such ridiculous measures to stop people speaking their minds.
Perhaps we’ll find the answer in the Chilcot Inquiry.