David Behrens: Money at the root of ill will as council menaces tree protesters

WHAT SORT of democratic local authority threatens legal action against those who disagree with it?

In sending menacing letters to citizens – its very customers – who have been demonstrating against its policy of felling mature roadside trees in parts of the city, Sheffield Council has behaved as if it were being run by 
J Edgar Hoover.

The entirely justified outrage that accompanied the arrest of several protesters a few months ago led South Yorkshire’s crime commissioner to rule out a repeat. Prosecutors were not prepared to criminalise peaceful protesters, he said. So the council’s action in sidestepping all this and threatening people with civil action is quite beyond the pale.

Read on… http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/david-behrens-money-at-the-root-of-ill-will-as-council-menaces-tree-protesters-1-8638158

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