On the subject of protests, this is an extract from an e mail I was sent whilst I was away;
"Yesterday (August 6th) 13 of us braved a downpour to sing, give readings and contemplate Hiroshima (as we do every year).
This year we decided to meet at Mound precinct. We were hassled by fringe staff (who appeared to be employees of a private security firm) for being in an area allocated to 'fringe festival' activity. We explained that our understanding was that it is a public gathering place, we were being careful not to form an obstruction and that it was a vigil for the dead of Hiroshima. They said that it was for performers only.We pointed out that there was not a performer in sight, the performances having been cancelled because the area was awash with rainwater.
When we refused to move they called the police, who were much more reasonable in their approach: checking how long we intended to stay, what we intended to do etc."
That's right, this was not Beijing, this was Edinburgh. Be assured I will be asking serious questions of the SNP/Libdem administration about this unacceptable attitude as it is they who, in the end, have responsibility for this.
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