“Two British activists were arrested after waving Tibetan flags at the Chinese president’s motorcade”
When I read the headline I naturally assumed that this happened in China, which is shitty, but to be expected.
When I read on further I was shocked. This happened in London.
Two people were arrested for no good reason (“preventing a breach of the peace”) and more spuriously “conspiracy to commit threatening behaviour.”
These five people had every right to free assembly, protest and were not in violation of any of the laws of the United Kingdom. The Metropolitan Police violated this section of the human rights act of 1988;
Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
2No restrictions shall be placed on the exercise of these rights other than such as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. This Article shall not prevent the imposition of lawful restrictions on the exercise of these rights by members of the armed forces, of the police or of the administration of the State.
Sounds like there’s a big apology and perhaps settlement due to the injured parties, and some training for the police is needed. Or the British Gov has decided to bring across the lovely human rights rules of the PRC to the UK, see the scary stats on people that have been locked up for tweets, other ridiculous “crimes.”