Thursday, November 13, 2003

US wants ban on protests in UK during Bush visit

"Anti-war protesters claim that US authorities have demanded a rolling 'exclusion zone' around President George Bush during his visit, as well as a ban on marches in parts of central London.

The Stop The War Coalition said yesterday that it had been told by the police that it would not be allowed to demonstrate in Parliament Square and Whitehall next Thursday - a ban it said it was determined to resist. The coalition says that it has also been told by British officials that American officials want a distance kept between Mr Bush and protesters, for security reasons and to prevent their appearance in the same television shots."


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