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The grass in Hyde Park: a history of official concern

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2017 by kmflett

The authorities have in recent times continued to express concern about the damage protests might cause to grass and plants in Hyde Park. Interestingly it is not a new obsession. The extract below is from a letter written by Engels on the great May 4th May Day demonstration in the park:

The fact is that in the case of popular meetings in Hyde Park the organisers must first announce their intention to the Board of Works and reach an agreement with it on particulars, securing specifically permission to drive over the grass the carts that are to serve as platforms. Besides, regulations say that after a meeting has been announced, no other meeting may be held in the Park on the same day. The Central Committee had not yet made the announcement; but the organisations allied against it had scarcely heard the news when they announced a meeting in the Park for May 4 and obtained permission for seven platforms, doing it behind the backs of the Central Committee.

 

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