Following Saturday Freedom to Party protest, supporting illegal raves in London, over 30,000 people have now signed a petition to legalize free parties throughout the UK.
Addressed to UK’s Home Secretary Theresa May, the petition calls for the full legalisation of free events, raves and festivals, highlights safety awareness as its central theme:
“We request that you address, in parliament, the appeal for the legalisation of free parties and celebrations of a similar manner. We believe it would be in the interest of all involved to allow the control and regulation of said gatherings rather than merely confiscating thousands of pounds worth of equipment and falsely persecuting a majority of those involved. It would make such events considerably safer which, after 3 stabbings in the last 2 months, is becoming more and more necessary.”
said Christina Morrison in his letter to the Secretary, further stating that:
“If private contractors were able to regulate rather than simply attempt to stop these events, it would discourage those who merely see it as an opportunity to commit heinous crimes from attending as they perceive it to be a place where laws are not enforced. I feel it would also be in the interest of the public that, instead of being chased away to another location causing more distress and hassle to those involved, the police can co-operate with organisers allowing for a much more relaxed event.”
Perhaps the most aware aspect of the petition deals with a call to end the prosecution of those who do throw such events, saying, “people who attend or set up free parties are no longer prosecuted for doing so,” which could be argued under the countries public order act.
In the past handful of months, the issue of illegal events has seen both sides of its argument tested with holiday raves in Lincolnshire, as well as a Halloween event in London shut down, while other’s in London and Northhamptonshire have been allowed to continue.
So far, the petition has gained over 34,ooo signatures with more coming in by the hour. So, if you feel so inclined, sign the petition yourself and ask the powers that be to stop the madness and just let us party.