This is not from the ModBlog cache, but from today …
From London daily The Morning Star:
The price of protest
(Tuesday 26 December 2006)
INTERIVEW: Maya Evans
by IAN SINCLAIR
COMMITTED TO CHANGE: Maya Evans.
MAYA EVANS speaks to the Star about her brave choice not to co-operate with the anti-democratic laws preventing protest.
When I meet Maya Anne Evans to interview her about her new book, it strikes me that this cheerful 26-year-old woman does not seem to be much of a threat to our national security.
Unfortunately, our government disagrees.
On October 25 last year, Evans was arrested under the 2005 Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (SOCPA) for standing outside Downing Street and reading out the names of British soldiers who have died in Iraq.
Subsequently, she became the first person to be convicted of “participating in an unauthorised demonstration” within one kilometre of Parliament.
Evans now has a criminal record and has been fined £300, which she refuses to pay.
“That’s something that I’m not going to do on principle, because, when you pay your fine, you are conceding guilt, so I’m not going to do that.
“How could it be wrong to simply read a list of names outside Downing Street?” she asks.