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All we are doing, says the airport operator BAA, is seeking to prevent unlawful protest. But under the act it used in the high court yesterday, all protest is arguably unlawful. The 1997 Protection from Harassment Act, amended by the 2005 Serious Organised Crime and Police Act, creates an offence of trying "to persuade any person … not to do something that he is entitled or required to do" or "to do something that he is not under any obligation to do", if in so doing you are deemed to be harassing him. Harassment is defined as "alarming the person or causing the person distress". No definition of alarm or distress is given. The purpose of the planned climate camp at Heathrow airport next week is to make people alarmed about climate change.Und das Gesetz gibt es schon eine Weile, das ist auch schon angewendet worden:
The Harassment Act has been used many times against peaceful campaigners. In 2001, for example, protesters outside the US intelligence base at Menwith Hill were prosecuted for distressing American servicemen - by holding up a placard reading: "George W Bush? Oh dear!" In the same year, a protester in Hull was arrested for harassment, on the grounds that he had been "staring at a building". In 2004, police in Kent arrested a woman who had sent two polite emails to an executive at a drugs company, begging him not to test his products on animals. This year, the residents of a village in Oxfordshire were banned from protesting against RWE npower's plan to turn their beautiful Thrupp Lake into a dump for fly ash. The stated purpose of the injunction is to prevent them from causing alarm or distress to the burly security guards the company has employed. No protest, however polite, is now safe from prosecution under this monstrous act.