Human rights groups have opposed a plan by police chiefs to make flag-burning by protesters a new criminal offence.Scotland Yard refused to exercise their existing powers against the incitememnt of violence when they declined to arrest people waving placards saying "Behead those who insult islam" so they are now trying to deflect criticism by arguing that they need new laws. It is an absurd and unnecessary restriction on free speech.
The Liberal Democrats and Liberty said new legislation was unnecessary because police had powers to tackle incitement.
Scotland Yard has drawn up proposals to submit to the Attorney General because of a belief the UK has become a soft touch in dealing with extremists.
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