London, 31st July. Popular street performer Danny Shine is challenging a byzantine bylaw, used by Westminster council to gag anyone their officials deem “annoying”. London’s dancers, buskers, artists and protesters have all fallen victim to Byelaw 3, section 235, Local Government Act 1972 which makes annoying someone a criminal offence punishable by crippling fines.
Danny Shine said: “I stand in the street and tell people “everything is OK”. Obviously the man with the clipboard thinks this is a serious crime”
“It’s a double standard. I’ve actually seen council functionaries solicit complaints against me from unsuspecting tourists but refuse to act on complaints against any of the businesses on Oxford Street”
Danny’s “Everything is OK” videos, which often focus on civil liberties, are watched by hundreds of thousands online and he is currently making a documentary about this case.
Westminster Council is prosecuting Danny for allegedly using his megaphone in Oxford Circus when ordered to desist. He has challenged the legality of the byelaw. At a hearing on 31st May at Westminster Magistrates, the Judge ruled this was a legitimate challenge. Surprised that Danny even mounted a defence, Westminster Council requested extra time to prepare a justification for the byelaw to remain on the books.
Danny’s barrister, Jeremy Rosenberg, said, “These kinds of prosecutions are clearly a waste of public money and an abuse of people’s human rights.”
Here is an example of the Westminster Council officer shutting Danny down whilst he was notifying passers by that he was giving out free sandwiches.
Danny Shine’s Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign for the Documentary – http://www.facebook.com/l/tAQEt8OVXAQHeeQF5ZJZp0k8vetL1MTZzCP7YJsGBblB1uA/igg.me/at/everythingisok/x/3859330
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