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Thursday, February 23, 2006


From this morning's email, and it provides a real uplift.

'March for Free Expression'

What and When

A Rally in Trafalgar Square between 2:00pm and 4:00pm on Saturday March 25th 2006. Depending on estimates of numbers, the details of a march to Trafalgar Square will be announced on March 15th 2006.


We have been contacted by people who would like to help organise or participate in marches in their cities on March 25th. Use the links below to express your interest in one of these possible sister marches, or suggest an additional venue. All contacts with us will be kept in complete confidence and we will simply mail you back with news as the campaign develops.

Australia: Sydney
Canada: Toronto
Canada: Montreal
USA: Chicago

Statement of Principle

The strength and survival of free society and the advance of human knowledge depend on the free exchange of ideas. All ideas are capable of giving offence, and some of the most powerful ideas in human history, such as those of Galileo and Darwin, have given profound religious offence in their time. The free exchange of ideas depends on freedom of expression and this
includes the right to criticise and mock. We assert and uphold the right of freedom of expression and call on our elected representatives to do the same. We abhor the fact that people throughout the world live under mortal threat simply for expressing ideas and we call on our elected representatives to protect them from attack and not to give comfort to the forces of intolerance that besiege them.

Let's have fun

This is also a celebration of freedom and free expression, so let's enjoy it. Jugglers, clowns, unicyclists will be very welcome. It's a serious event, but let's make it a party too.

Press Enquiries

Please email us for more information, including telephone contacts.

About Me


Voltaire is the nom de blog adopted by Peter Risdon and Patrick Vidaud, the
joint organisers of this campaign. Though of very different political
opinions (libertarian and socialist respectively), they are united in their
desire to be able to debate and disagree without anyone getting killed or


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