Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

War Protester Vows to Fight on after Hearing

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

War Protester Vows to Fight on after Hearing

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

ANTI-WAR protester Brian Haw today vowed to continue his fight against the occupation of Iraq.

Haw, a former carpenter, staged a vigil outside Parliament for more than five years before his site was raided by police last week.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair was condemned by MPs and the Metropolitan Police Authority when 78 officers cleared away banners, placards and posters in a dawn operation costing [pounds sterling]27,000.

Haw, 57, was charged with failing to comply with an order limiting the size of his demonstration, which at one stage stretched for 40 metres.

Today he was granted unconditional bail and remanded until 11 July when a date for his trial will be fixed.

His lawyer, Laura Higgs, indicated he would plead not guilty to the charge.

If he is found guilty of breaching his protest conditions, Mr Haw could face 51 weeks imprisonment, a [pounds sterling]2,500 fine, or both.

Outside Bow Street magistrates court the father of seven claimed police had "stolen" the papers he relied on to fight the charge in the raid. …

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