Friday, September 24, 2004

BUJU ROUND-UP: Fearing a breach of public order, Greater Manchester Police "cancelled" a gig by homophobialist Buju Banton. He'd been supposed to play the Bierkeller last night, but the police stepped in and axed the gig. Right result, totally wrong reason: it shouldn't be the police banning the event for fear of violence, it should be the venue withdrawing the invitation so as not to be making money from someone with such repugnant views.

Wednesday night, though, Buju had no problems playing Milton Keynes Empire. There was a turn-out of protestors, twenty or so; Thames Valley Police erected pens to keep them neatly out of the way of people going into the venue, but did allow some leaflet handing after they realised the protest was going to be good-natured.

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