Friday, October 10, 2008

42 days - get ready for Monday - SLEEPWALK

42 days has been reported as, if not a dead parrot, certainly a very poorly one.
Monday sees the House of Lords, our unelected saviours of democracy, debating the bill. And ripping it up into little bits and jumping on it, one hopes.
However, it is not dead yet and it is both a moral duty and a pleasure to point out to the government what a disgraceful thing it is, that they should even think about trying to lock up men and women for six weeks without charging them with any crime.
And it would well behove us as proud British citizens if a mighty roar could be raised in protest at this undemocratic, appalling erosion of our rights and freedoms in the name of 'terrorism'.

Amnesty is encouraging you to come to Leeds to show that you do not want to sleepwalk into a very different world, where you are no longer free - or protected from human rights abuses.
I'll be there, making a speech, and if you can make it, it would be great to see you there too.

A “mass sleepwalk” will take place through the streets of Leeds on Monday (13 October) as Amnesty International launches its new film, ‘Sleepwalk’, heralding the next phase of the organisation’s campaign against UK government plans to extend detention without charge to 42 days. The film, by Oscar-shortlisted directors DarkFibre, features an exclusive new soundtrack by The Orb and a voiceover by actor Christopher Eccleston.

Amnesty is concerned that civil liberties are still under attack in the Counter-terrorism Bill and warns that people in the UK may be sleepwalking into an assault on their basic human rights. Political rumours that the plans will be dropped cannot be relied upon and the 42-day proposals must be defeated once and for all, Amnesty says.

The film accompanies a new online petition at , urging MPs to oppose the 42 days proposal. Amnesty is specifically calling on MPs who did not support previous proposals for 90 days pre-charge detention, but did vote for 42 days in June, to oppose 42 days this time round.

The ‘mass sleepwalk’ starts at 7.15pm on 13 October at the Unitarian Chapel on City Square, Leeds and the film screening is at the Hi Fi Club, Central Road at around 7.45pm.

Wear pyjamas/dressing gowns/carry pillows.

If you can't march, please SIGN and pass on.

More news on 42 days fightback coming soon....

PS. If you haven't read this already, please do. It's terrifying. And it shows you what we are up against and why it is important to make a fuss about liberty and freedom now, whilst we still have it.

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