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Respect demo against Elephant and Castle hoodie ban

Just fifteen people, and not a single person in a hood, was present at the start of a Respect for Hoodies demonstration.


South London Respect, a branch of the new political party led by George Galloway MP, advertised its demonstration at the Elephant & Castle to begin at 1pm on Saturday.

Billed to speak were two representatives of ASBO Concern, Respect candidate Dean Ryan and Gordon McLennon of Lambeth Pensioners.


However, one police officer, one TV camera team and a Sunday Telegraph reporter had a long wait before some young people wearing hoods appeared the demonstration eventually began.

Respect condemned the ban on young people wearing hoods in the Elephant & Castle shopping centre as "an outrageous attack on civil liberties".

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