I am aware of this section….

Scene: the British (‘New’) Labour Party’s 2005 conference. Then-Foreign Secretary Jack Straw is pronouncing pieties about how the British are in Iraq to help the Iraqi Government build a stable democracy. It all gets a bit too much for party member and peace activist Walter Wolfgang, who shouts out: ‘Nonsense!’ With television cameras rolling, conference stewards step in to eject forcibly the 82-year-old from the hall. Later that day, when he tried to return to the conference, Wolfgang was held by the police under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which gives the police the power to stop and search people even if they don’t have ‘reasonable suspicion’.

New Internationalist


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