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WITH REGARD to the Barkes at Large column on royal wedding protesters.

Here in England we have the right to free speech and peaceful protest, it is a foundation of democracy and a basic human right to voice our views without fear of persecution.

If people want to protest or demonstrate on the day of the royal wedding, then they simply must be allowed to so long as they do so in accordance with the law.

Personally, I abhor Barkes, and find many of his opinions and world views offensive, ignorant, and often borderline fascist, but I will adamantly defend his right to voice those opinions, whether or not I agree with them.

This is why the royal wedding is ‘free game’ to protesters; because it is their right, as it is Barkes’, to voice opinions publicly without the fear of being silenced by their government.

As Voltaire said: “I disagree strongly with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Henry Smith