The right to protest is under threat in Britain, undermining a pillar of democracy

1 of 17 | A demonstrator holds a banner outside The Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, in London, Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) 12 of 17 | FILE England’s Ben Stokes, left, and Australia’s David Warner react as a Just Stop Oil protester is apprehended after they threw colored powder on the pitch during day one of the second Ashes Test cricket match at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, England, Wednesday, June 28, 2023. Britain is one of the world’s oldest democracies, but some worry that essential rights and freedoms are under threat. They point to restrictions on protest imposed by the Conservative government that have seen environmental activists jailed for peaceful but disruptive actions. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File) 13 of 17 | Protesters hold placards with the message “Not my king” before Britain’s King Charles III arrives to attend the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London, Monday, March 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File) 14 of 17 | A demonstrator holds a banner outside The Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, in London, Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. An estimated 500 people are expected to gather outside Crown Courts nationwide to protest. Britain is one of the world’s oldest democracies, but some worry that essential rights and freedoms are under threat. They point to restrictions on protest imposed by the Conservative government that have seen environmental activists jailed for peaceful but disruptive actions. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) 15 of 17 | Anti-Brexit protesters sing to music standing on a traffic island across the street from the Houses of Parliament, in London, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File) 16 of 17 | Police arrests protesters of the climate campaigners group Just Stop Oil in London, Thursday, […]

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