Sterk verzet tegen rookverbod

Nog steeds vindt er in Engeland sterk verzet plaats tegen het rookverbod in de horeca. Veel pubs weigeren nog steeds om de wet te gehoorzamen en staan roken nog steeds toe. Veel lokale overheden, die de wet moeten handhaven, durven nog steeds niet echt in te grijpen, maar dreigementen aan het adres van de pub-eigenaren zijn er al voldoende.

Met een nieuwe, internationale solidariteitsactie willen de Engelse rokers deze verzetshaarden steunen en een hart onder de riem steken. In de solidariteits-email staat een lange lijst van personen en groepen die zich met kracht verzetten tegen het rookverbod.

Verzend s.v.p. deze e-mail aan de Britse ambassade in Den Haag en informeer vrienden en kennissen 

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To the British Ambassy, The Hague.

I express my admiration for the courageous citizens of Day of Defiance, Her
Majesty the Queen fighting for to save tolerance and democracy in UK.

I express my solidarity with

Mr. Nick Hogan,  of the Swan pub, Bolton  who was one of the
first claiming he would flout the ban and had 700 people at the pre ban night on
Saturday the 30th and 300 on July 1st People, smokers and tolerant non smokers
flouting the ban at his place on Sunday
Mr. John Barret, Heywood, who
had nearly no customers on Sunday, had to send his staff home, and was left
alone to smoke three illegal cigarettes in his own empty pub.
Mr. Hamish
, Blackpool ,of the Happy Scots Bar, who founded his own smokers party
UK-FAGS and organized a smoking event on Sunday, facing the risk of losing his
Mr.  Tony Blows, Ewyas, by Hereford, of the The Dog Inn
who keeps courage and resists although they threatened him to close his pub and
take him his business
Mr. Alistair Choat, London, Soho, of the Coach
and Horses, who flouts the ban

The Citizens of London who held a smokers march on last Saturday at

Mrs Karen Wilcock, Mrs Zoie Davidson and the Citizens of
who have been holding a daily protest action under the old arcades
downtown since Tuesday
Mr. Paul O’Tooles, Wells, Somerset who 
organizes a Defiance March on July the 14th in Wells.
The singer Joe
who emigrated from New-York because of smoking bans and sent all
smokers of the world a letter of support .
The Painter David Hockney
campaigning against the “grotesque piece of social engineering” imposed by a
“political and media elite.”

Mr. Mark Croucher,Dartford, Lowfield Street, Two Brewers pubs who
shall not ask to his staff to put themselves in danger, fighting with the
customers for enforcing the ban.
Fred Remingtion und Bill Comeford
“O’Tooles restaurant”, in Honolulu and Sam Comerford in Kona, Hawai:  who expressed their solidarity with the British
citizens also flouting the ban with their customers.
Loraine Mc Gregor
from Freedom to choose, UK, who gave all her energy to realize this exceptionnal
act of democracy.
The Reverend Anthony Carr, Kent, who walked into a
police station, lit his pipe and asked to be arrested to protest against the
infringment of civil liberties.

The 8 Landlords of Chester sticking together to fight the ban in the

The citizens and the 400 Pub owners of Stoke-in-Trent now changed into

The people of Scotland with their poster action “we shall not stubb it
out”, ignored by the media.

Mrs. Marion Harris (63 yrs), Mrs. Peggy Stevens (82 yrs) und Mr. KJohn
McNeil (74 yrs),
and the 35 further smokers from the Home for elderly people
in Coventry whom you are trying to nanny, destroying their social life after a
life of work. They go on lighting up in their lounge, and I support them.

And most of all, Mr MARTIN WHISKER of Scarborough, North Yorkshire
whom your RESTAPO (smoke and restaurant police) pulled from the Risker bar and
flung into jail on Monday night. As well as to all the other customers who paied
his 80 Pound fine for him!

Thank you to all of them

And to the millions of other citizens
flouting the ban without any press coverage.
And I will do anything to help
them holding on for their example of democratic behaviour.


Listen to Albert Einstein:

Albert Einstein, “My First Impression of the U.S.A.”
prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the
prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government
and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an
open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely
connected with this.”


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