#Flegs Protest: Blocking the highway is only one way you can be convicted…

For me this was the most straightforward and relevant contribution on last night’s Nolan. Peaceful protest is fine this audience member says, but who is informing the young people who are getting involved about what is and what is not legal.

Obstructing the highway has been a focus (because it is probably the most disruptive), but that is not all you can get a criminal record for. Covering your face, acting in an intimidating manner towards others are also grounds for arrest and conviction.

You might think that could or may be even should go unsaid. But given we have generations now where the law has either been brought into disrepute, or broadly set aside for political reasons, may be it could do with repeating over and over.

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