Tamil protesters today vowed to fight proposed new legislation designed to push them out of Parliament Square.
Proposals were drawn up during an emergency meeting to give police the power to move people on from the square and to make it illegal for demonstrators to camp out overnight.
Westminster Council hopes the legislation can be passed before parliamentary recess in June. It would affect all protesters including veteran peace campaigner Brian Haw.
The proposals have been drawn up by parliament speaker, Michael Martin with consultation from Westminster Council, the Home Office, City Hall and the Metropolitan Police.
Westminster Council is also prepared to hand over ownership of the pavements surrounding the green to the Greater London Authority (GLA) - making any protest camp on the sidewalk illegal.
This is a disgrace. You may, like I do, disagree with the Tamil's protest. But everyone should have the right to protest outside of their parliament.
Politicians complain about being described as out of touch. Well if they won't let people voice their opinions outside parliament can they be surprised?
This simply adds to my feeling that politicians simply think they are our lords and masters.