Free Speech

THE BATTLE OF DOWNING STREET: One American asked: “why did you ever let them take your guns?”

By Harry Palmer – Reporting Exclusively for

IT has been said by great political figures that the first quality of the true Briton is the power to endure, and today was no exception for we were protesting our very right to speak publicly and raise awareness for what a growing group of people firmly believe is within the national interest.

When many stayed at home in a deep slumber, hundreds of patriotic and passionate brits descended onto Whitehall.

Though I, like many others played the role of a keen observer, there were many that were not so hesitant and engaged not only in a war of words, but also a physical demonstration of what a small band of men and women could do. Something was stirring today and here is exactly how it unfolded.

The day started slow and a small crowd came together, enthusiasm was existent but not quite raw, for the number count was low. Then out of nowhere appeared an army of people! Flags of the union and England flew high and proud and the ecstatic crowd banded together and unified.

This sudden unification brought about a rattling of the downing street gates of which triggered a police presence en masse. One man passionately climbed on top of the gates and swilled an officer with warm Stella spit-backs. Little to pay for the injustices that would follow.

As the crowd gathered around and speeches became more high rate, London ground to a halt. The speakers held fast, they endured. Though beer was indeed flowing, it is safe to say it was well earned for the sun was beating down heavily.

The buses stopped and were unwillingly abandoned by happy American tourists, keen to embrace their brothers from over the pond. One American questioned: “why did you ever let them take your guns?”.

At first, the police seemed caring and offered open dialogue, yet were fundamentally disgruntled with the blocking of a public highway as opposed to addressing the fundamental issue at hand. The freeing of one innocent Tommy Robinson.

The police then marched a division in and resulted to dirty tactics, surrounding protesters, in addition to pushing and shoving. One teenager of whom was observing keenly got caught in the crossfire. Ben Taylor of Nottingham claimed it was “a gross injustice”, for he was only observing.

The crowd held fast due to passionate speeches from David Coburn and Alex Nieora of London. Mr Nieora passionately spoke of the prophesies foretold by Orwell and Hitchens years before, followed by the “mic drop” Voltaire quote of “ If you want to see who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticise”.

After several more passionate speeches and constant torment by officers pulling facial expressions, the crowd moved on to parliament square.

It is increasingly apparent to this field journalist that the rate of the free speech being taken away from us is being accelerated to a climax if we don’t fight for it now, when will be?

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