Brighton police chief asks Smash EDO protesters to talk

Posted On 08 Oct 2010 at 8:45 am

Organisers of the Smash EDO protests are being urged to contact Sussex Police ahead of a demo advertised to take place on Wednesday, October 13.

Chief Superintendent Graham Bartlett said: “Sussex Police fully supports the right to protest peacefully.

“Our aim is to provide a safe and secure environment for protesters and local residents, to minimise disruption to the local community, and to prevent crime and disorder.

“We are keen to speak with the organisers of the protest to discuss their intentions and help facilitate their right to free speech, as we do with all groups who protest in the city.

“We have tried regularly to engage with organisers of this event, but unlike other groups and in line with their previous events, they have not been in contact.

“As a result, exact plans remain unknown. However, we are planning thoroughly for a number of scenarios so as to enable the protest to go ahead and for people to continue with other lawful activities.”

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The invitation remains open for organisers to contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 to discuss their intentions

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