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Appeal For Help – Did you attend Hyde Park 420?

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There was an outbreak of violence in the early evening and the police are appealing for witnesses.  We should do all that we can to help them.

DC Tony Esmond contacted me today and he is looking for witnesses to the violence to whom he can show some photographs of suspects.  He is not interested in why you were in Hyde Park or anything to with cannabis. He wants to catch the thugs who inflicted serious injury on several people. I would count it as a personal favour from anyone who is prepared to do the right thing and step forward.

Contact DC Esmond on 020 7321 9315 or 020 7321 9364. Leave a message if he’s not there.

If you did witness the trouble then you should step forward.  It is the right thing to do.  Any society needs law and order and police to enforce it. Although we may use cannabis, we are still entitled to the protection of the law and we should support the police, particularly when violence is involved.

This is also an opportunity to demonstrate that we are reasonable, responsible and respectable citizens.  Co-operating with the police over this strengthens our argument for the change in the law that we all want to see.

My understanding of what happened is that it was a perfect demonstration of why a regulated system for cannabis is a safer and more responsible approach.  It was a turf war between two groups of dealers – the inevitable result of prohibition.

What is really ironic is that CLEAR had intended to organise an event in Hyde Park tomorrow, 7th May, to coincide with the international Million Marijuana March. We invested considerable time, effort and money in applying to the Royal Parks for permission.  We agreed to pay a substantial bond, take out insurance, provide stewards at a ratio of 1:20 and undertake to clear up all litter.  They didn’t actually deny us permission but they refused to allow us to use a stage or a PA – even though we pointed out that this would enhance public safety and order.  Consequently we decided not to go ahead and instead we are running an event in Cardiff tomorrow where we have received constructive and positive co-operation from the authorities.

So the unofficial, unregulated and un-stewarded event at Hyde Park went ahead on 20th April with its own PA and look what happened. I left at around 5.30pm when the atmosphere was still peaceful but it was evident that a massive clean up operation was going to be needed.  I hope that the Royal Parks will learn a lesson from this. I shall be writing to them pointing out what a foolish mistake they made.

So I urge you to contact DC Esmond if you have any information or if you witnessed any of the trouble. Now it should be obvious but If you go to the police station to look at photographs, don’t go there stinking of weed and check your pockets to make sure you aren’t carrying anything you shouldn’t be. You don’t want to put any of the officers or yourself in a difficult position!

(Yes, I did have a little chat with DC Esmond about cannabis. I sent him a copy of the medicinal cannabis leaflet and a link to the LEAP website. Well you’ve got to try,  haven’t you!)

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  1. Hey what’s the event in cardiff?

    Sam

    May 7, 2011 at 1:36 am

    • The Cardiff event is mentioned here (with a few pix):

      http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2011/05/07/hundreds-on-cardiff-s-streets-for-pro-marijuana-march-91466-28653225/

      I have tried to register so I can make a post, but the system first would not accept the details I entered, and when it looked like these went in, would not send me the activate account e-mail.

      If anyone on this site can manage to get a logon for comments, can they please post a link to the Clear leaflet on this site, with a short not saying that the leaflet is not making up claims about Cannabis and MS, but is stating proven scientific facts, complete with referencing where the facts are published.

      Secret Surfer

      May 7, 2011 at 7:03 pm

  2. I think if this has a posotive response then we shal slowly show the authorities our point exactly. That we are good, honorable and respectable citizens that like a good ol’ joint.

    Plant man

    May 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

  3. I can’t see a reason to help out really, like you say it was just another side effect of prohibition.

    Underneath the bridge

    May 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm

  4. Regarding the cleanup operation. At about 4pm I spoke to one of the workers who was picking up litter around the periphery, and offered to organise our own cleanup operation if he gave me some bags (since I was running the Pedals PA system I could have made an announcement). He thanked me for the offer but declined, saying that was his job and he was being paid to do it. Perhaps they were glad of the overtime?

    ianji

    May 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    • Really? That makes me feel so much better. I was disgusted at the amount of litter left, but if the cleaners aren’t complaining then neither am I!

      Zahrah

      May 31, 2011 at 12:16 pm

  5. […] It’s all very well for the well-healed to call for the legalisation of all drugs. There are some good points on both sides of the argument. […]

  6. it wasnt a side effect of prohibiton it was because 40 guys thought there were bad and tried to fight 4 guys and all they did was throw bottels in comparision of ration in numbers we fuckkkked them up

    unknown

    June 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm


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