Last summer, Trenton Oldfield swam into the Thames during the annual Thames Boat Race in an act of non-violent civil disobedience to protest elitism. He disrupted the race for 25 minutes. For this, he was handed a 6 month prison sentence. But this, apparently was not punishment enough.
He has received news this week that he is to be deported from the UK, despite living in the country for 10 years and the reality that his wife being about to have their first baby.
The above quote from an Oxford student (final line) epitomises the elitism that prompted Oldfield’s protest.
What kind of security state are we living in, that people would endorse the imprisonment and deportation of a peaceful protester?
Sign the Defend Right to Protest Petition – against the deportation of Trenton Oldfield.