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Breach Of The Peace, But Not A Hate Crime
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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]