8 November 2019

By Grace Browne

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2018 to 2019 has seen a wave of activism sweep over Britain. From ‘eco-warriors’ to vegan vendettas, the right to protest certainly has been put into practice. Emerging from this wave of activism however, is a surge of realisation. Through compare and contrast, the discrimination and inequality faced by pro-lifers has truly come to light.

London City 2019

Extinction Rebellion climate change protestors have cost the taxpayer £37 million and hit the police services with a £21 million bill after shutting down parts of London chaotically. Thousands of climate change protestors targeted London transport systems and commuters in their bid to physically ‘shut down’ London. Crazed activists physically scaled historic monuments such as Big Ben. Extinction Rebellion are open and boastful about their disruptive tactics.

Perversely, their two weeks of chaos has just won them the right to sue the Metropolitan Police for action taken against them, and protestors are expected to be awarded with financial compensation. Taking the side of the activists, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has said people had a right to “peaceful and lawful protest” in the capital.

Richmond 2018

A handful of pro-life volunteers, the majority of which elderly, stood peacefully and quietly, meters away from an abortion clinic. They were offering support and assistance to any women who wished to approach them. The Richmond vigils were community based and police were aware that no breach of law was being committed.

Their few hours of peaceful presence caused Richmond Council authorities to impose a censorship zone around the clinic, which now threatens pro-life volunteers with possible arrests and prosecutions.

Regarding the enforcement of a censorship zone, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “The High Court’s decision that… a buffer zone can stand is welcome”.

Brighton 2019

Extreme vegan protestors, stormed a Nandos chicken restaurant in Brighton. The protestors brandished graphic and bloody imagery of animal slaughter for customers to look at. Vegan protestors were then reported to shame the customers, who were subjected to shouting and intimidation by the vegan protestors who said: “A chicken is an individual. A living, thinking, feeling being. A chicken can feel distress, and recognise stress in others.” They caused obstruction in the restaurant to workers and customers. It was reported that police services were notified yet did not appear.

Shortly after, vegan activists stormed a Brighton McDonalds branch where they upset customers with a stunt in which they sported dead pig masks whilst writhing in blood.

Brighton Chief Inspector Rachel Swinney said: “We will work with organisers to facilitate peaceful protests that balance the rights of those to protest”.

Ealing, 2018

A handful of pro-life volunteers, the majority of which elderly, stood peacefully and quietly, meters away from an abortion clinic. They were offering support and assistance to any women who wished to approach them. The Ealing vigils were community based and police were aware that no breach of law was being committed.

Their few hours of peaceful presence caused Ealing Council authorities to impose a censorship zone around the clinic, which now threatens pro-life volunteers with possible arrests and prosecutions.

Regarding the enforcement of a censorship zone, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “The High Court’s decision that… a buffer zone can stand is welcome”.

I disagree with what you say, but will defend your right to say it

There is active discrimination occurring against pro-life people in our country.

The old saying goes: “I disagree with what you say, but I defend to the death your right to say it”. It appears such a phrase has a broad reach for the politically correct but does not apply at-all for pro-lifers.