LA News Release, Statement on Disturbance in Birkenhead County Court, 8th March 2011
Libertarian Alliance News Release
Release Date: Tuesday 8th March 2011
Release Time: Immediate
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Statement on Disturbance in Birkenhead County Court
On the 7th March 2011, there was a mass-disturbance in Birkenhead County Court, in which proceedings for non-payment of Council Tax had to be suspended, and there was an attempt to arrest the Judge.
Because the protesters seem to have been natives, this kind of disturbance is very unusual in modern England; and reports have appeared in both home and foreign media. Few of these reports have given the intellectual background to the disturbance, choosing instead to cover it as if it were some modern acting out of an Ealing comedy.
However, the protesters were motivated by a set of beliefs that can be loosely described as libertarian - though the protesters themselves had no connection with the Libertarian Alliance. Most call themselves Freemen of the Land, and they deny the moral and legal right of the British State to treat them as it does.
The Freemen of the Land are a growing movement, and are very likely to stage other protests. Anyone who wants a short but comprehensive overview - written by a sympathetic outsider - should read this publication from the Libertarian Alliance:
John Kersey, The Freeman on the Land Movement: Grass Roots Libertarianism in Action,
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