by Maya Anne Evans - £8.00 JNV Publications (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781904527107 | ISBN 10: 1904527108
On 25 October 2005, Maya Anne Evans stood near the Cenotaph, facing Downing Street, reading aloud the names of British soldiers who had died in the war in Iraq. She was arrested under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (2005).
On 7 December 2005, Maya became the first person in Britain to be convicted of the new offence of 'participating in an unauthorised demonstration' in the vicinity of Parliament. As a result, she now has a criminal record, and she was fined £300, which she refuses to pay.
This is the story of how a brave young woman came to defy an unjust law, and an unjust war.
"Freedom of speech. What's happened to it? Why have we lost it? Why can't a woman stand near Number 10 Downing Street and read out a list of names without being arrested?"
(John Humphrys, Today, BBC Radio 4, 10 December 2005)
"What sort of society are we living in when a woman like this, who doesn't look to me to be a big threat to anyone, is arrested by police for a peaceful protest?"
(Jeremy Paxman, BBC Newsnight, 31 January 2006)
"Maya Evans cares and stands up to show it. This brings the change the world cries for. Inspiring! Thank you."
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