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Peace protest lasts for six years
Brian Haw
Brian Haw has had banners dismantled by police
An anti-war campaigner is marking the sixth anniversary of his peace protest opposite Parliament.

Brian Haw, 57, is camped in Parliament Square, central London, where he uses a megaphone to attack policy on Iraq.

Although MPs have tried to silence him, Mr Haw, from Redditch, Worcestershire, has won court battles over his protest.

Police claimed he posed a threat as terrorists could hide bombs under his banners, but in January a district judge said there was no case to answer.

District judge Quentin Purdy at City of Westminster Magistrates Court said the conditions previously imposed on Mr Haw were invalid.

The judge said they lacked clarity and should have been imposed by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner rather than an officer of a lower rank.

Replica created

In 2005 new legislation set up a 1km (0.62 miles) "exclusion zone" around Parliament within which police must be given notice before a protest is held.

Many thought the law - part of the Serious and Organised Crime and Police Act - was designed with Mr Haw in mind.

He has been charged with breaching rules imposed on him under the Act, including a ban on large placards.

Most of his banners were dismantled by police on 23 May 2006.

A replica of Mr Haw's display of more than 600 banners, flags and placards has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize this year.

Artist Mark Wallinger created the replica of his display just before it was dismantled.

In February, Mr Haw won the Channel 4 News award for Most Inspiring Political Figure.

The campaigner has said of his protest: "I want to go back to my own kids and look them in the face again knowing that I've done all I can to try and save the children of Iraq and other countries who are dying because of my government's unjust, amoral, fear-and money-driven policies."




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