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Moving Toward Martial Law: UK Proposes Banning All Protests

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson referred to the level of violence in recent student protests against the rise in tuition fees, saying that he does not rule out banning all future student protests across the country, the daily Independent reported. Tens of thousands of student protesters from universities, colleges and schools have been marching across England in protests against the huge hikes in tuition fees, together with the scrapping of Educational Maintenance Allowance and proposed cuts in college funding. Police have arrested more than 180 people in London after four protests against the government's plan to increase the fees. The motion was voted on and approved last Thursday in defiance of the most violent protest scenes in and around Parliament Square where the clashes between police and protesters left 12 officers and more than 40 protesters injured. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner said banning students from marching was a power he had not ruled out using. "It is one of the tactics we will look at and something we will keep under review, and if we think it is the right thing to do then we will do it," said Sir Paul Stephenson.

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Comment by Ross Wolf
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Perhaps London police haven't studied UK history. Whenever the British have censored a civilian population through force or forbidding them to protest often the result has been to drive protesters underground to commit violence. Historically when people are told they can be seen but not heard, that has caused more Citizens to join a cause.

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