Flashes of Republicanism Met With Summons by Bobbies, as Queen Is Morned

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The chief legal counsel of a U.K.-based organization that advocates for freedom of speech, Free Speech Union, Bryn Harris, told the Sun that the laws were set to protect public order, not to control what people are saying or determine what’s acceptable or not. “The police have been making the mistake of not asking themselves if the action is likely to disturb public order,” Mr. Harris said. “They see a sign and immediately assume it’s going to disturb public order.” At the moment, Mr. Harris said, there is a general concern about the “misuse of public order powers.”

Clara Preve-Durrieu, New York The Sun, 16th September 2022.