Protesters Branded Extremists: Is Free Speech Under Attack in Britain?

Critics are worried that freedom of speech in the UK is under threat as the government announces it will rewrite the definition of extremists to potentially include protestors.

Government’s Plan for New Extremism Definition

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Alexandros Michailidis

The Government is set to introduce a revised definition of extremism that will be more specific and connote different types of activists with the word.

Gove’s New Definition Plans

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Peter Rhys Williams

According to the Communities Secretary, Michael Gove, the new definition will add “more specificity on the ideologies, behaviour and groups of concern to support vital counter-radicalization work.”

Critics Fear Lack of Free Speech

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Sorapop Udomsri

Critics worry that the new definition of the word could have an impact on the public’s right to protest and ability to speak freely without fear of being reprimanded.

Sunak’s Public Address Warning

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Sean Aidan Calderbank

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently addressed the nation outside Downing Street for the first time since becoming Prime Minister, speaking of his worry about the perceived rise in extremism.

Protestors Dubbed “Extremists”

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Erlend C. L. Birkeland

Sunak referred to the mass protests on the streets across the UK that are showing support for the people of Palestine as the Gaza Strip suffers major civilian losses.

Sunak Wants Police to “Take Action”

Image Credit: Shutterstock / John Gomez

Sunak urged police officers to “Take action” against the pro-Palestinian protestors after Tory MPs had their homes targeted for the government’s response to the conflict.

Sunak’s Response to Protests

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Sandor Szmutko

Sunak warned the public that “In recent weeks and months, we have seen a shocking increase in extremist disruption and criminality,” referring to the protests.

Sunak Committed to Stopping Protests

Image Credit: Shutterstock / ComposedPix

After criticism of the speech from Labour MPs, including Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, Sunak is willing to change the definition of “Extremism” to make it include more activists.

Gove Acknowledges “Good-Hearted” Protestors

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Motortion Films

Gove insisted that although not everyone in the protests is classed as extremist, those “good-hearted” protestors need to be more alert for those looking to cause damage and disruption.

Gove Wants Clear Definition

Image Credit: Shutterstock / B. Lenoir

Gove said that the government needs to be more “clear about the nature of extremist organizations,” calling for a rebrand of the definition so the public understands.

Gove Urges Marchers to Question Organizers

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Sebastian Reategui

Although he suggested he doesn’t “agree” with the “good-hearted” people on the marches, Gove insisted the new definition “may help some of them to question who are organizing some of these events.”

March Organizers Deemed “Extremist”

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Gorodenkoff

Gove insisted that some of the Pro-Palestinian marches had been “organized by extremist organizations.”

Not Everyone on March “Extremist”

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Volodymyr TVERDOKHLIB

In an attempt to clean up his comment, Gove clarified that not everyone on the marches was labelled as extremist, “That doesn’t mean that people who have gone on them are extremist, quite the opposite,” he said.

Gove’s Question to Protestors

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Peter Rhys Williams

Claiming that the organizers were extremists, Gove asked the protestors, “Do you really want to be lending credence to this organization?”

Gove Criticizes Chants

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Andy Soloman

Gove also took time out to criticize the popular chant from protestors “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” claiming that it wishes for the destruction of Israel.

Gove Slams Chant as Extremist

Image Credit: Shutterstock / MWPHOTOS55

Gove insisted the chant was from an extremist mindset and that it calls for “the end of Israel as a Jewish state,” supporting the erasure of the “Jewish homeland.”

Sacked Home Secretary’s Criticism of Chant

Image Credit: Shutterstock / I T S

Other members of the Conservatives have shown concern about the chant, including former Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who was sacked from her role due to her comments about protestors.

Braverman’s Criticism of Islam

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Koca Vehbi

Braverman called out the chant as “anti-Semitic”, claiming that the “Islamists”, the “Extremists” and the “anti-Semites” were “in charge of Britain.”

Supporters Argue Against Antisemitism Claims

Image Credit: Shutterstock / M-SUR

Supporters of the chant refute this argument, claiming the chant does not wish for the end of Israel, but instead, it supports the freedom of the people of Palestine who are being killed.

Is the Right to Protest in Jeopardy?

Image Credit: Shutterstock / wellphoto

The right to protest could be in jeopardy, according to some worried critics, as the government looks to clamp down on those who oppose their views on the conflict in Gaza.

25 Things You CAN’T Talk About Anymore

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Motortion Films

Remember the days when you could freely discuss just about anything without fear of sparking controversy? Well, those days are long gone. In today’s hyper-sensitive world, there are topics so fraught with tension that even mentioning them can lead to heated debates and hurt feelings. 25 Things You CAN’T Talk About Anymore

Stranded: 15 Worst British Cars in History

Image Credit: Shutterstock / John Selway

Ever had a car that spent more time with the mechanic than on the road? A car that turned every journey into a game of “Will we actually get there?” If so, you might just see a familiar face (or should we say, chassis) in our countdown to the most unreliable British car in history. Stranded: 15 Worst British Cars in History

“Britain Will Become Unrecognizable” – Suella Braverman Spells Disaster for UK Amid Steep Rise in Visas Issued

Image Credit: Shutterstock / I T S

Former Home Secretary Suella Braverman has warned that Britain will become “unrecognizable,” criticizing the amount of work visas the Home Office has approved, despite only being removed from her role in November. “Britain Will Become Unrecognizable” – Suella Braverman Spells Disaster for UK Amid Steep Rise in Visas Issued

20 Things From the ‘70s That Are Not OK Today

Image Credit: Shutterstock / HappySloth

Step into the time machine and set the dial to the 1970s, a decade of disco, bell-bottoms, and some rather questionable choices. While the ’70s gave us iconic music and groundbreaking TV, not everything from this groovy era would get a green light today. 20 Things From the ‘70s That Are Not OK Today

20 Best and Worst Universities in the UK

Image Credit: Shutterstock / William Barton

Navigating the UK university landscape is like deciphering a complex code of rankings, reviews, and reputations to uncover where you’ll not just learn, but truly flourish. Whether you’re drawn to the historic halls of Oxford or the creative buzz of Goldsmiths, finding your perfect fit is about aligning your aspirations with the unique offerings of each institution. 20 Best and Worst Universities in the UK

The post Protesters Branded Extremists: Is Free Speech Under Attack in Britain? first appeared on Edge Media.

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock / Zeynep Demir Aslim.

Oscar Davies, an expert in US and UK politics and sports, is renowned for his sharp and engaging writing style, appealing to a broad spectrum of readers.

Leave a Comment