Breach Of The Peace, But Not A Hate Crime
November 23, 2005, 01:53 AM
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In the UK, a fringe party politician, and fifty supporters engage in a violent immigration related protest. The politician is arrested, and charged with

charged with acting in a disorderly manner, placing blockades on access gates, tampering with security gates, blocking an access road, and committing a breach of the peace.

Sounds very familiar. Can we expect the full weight of Britain's anti-hate laws to fall on him? No!

Because the politician in this case is the Scottish Socialist Tommy Sheridan, a member of the Scottish Parliament, and he's protesting in favor of immigration, and against enforcing the immigration laws, so any hatred involved is directed at the natives of Great Britain, which doesn't count. [Sheridan charged over immigration protest, The Times, (London)November 23, 2005]