2.earlier thi month my wife,who like me and many others active in campaigns might be called "silver backs"attended a dwmonstration at the town hall to protest against the labour led council setting a legal budget,in which central government expects the budget to balance.
3.at some point the demonstration pushed its way into the building to press its points home-rejection of cuts.it appears police did not resist in view of inclement weqat5her and probably as the demonstration might actually be easier for them to manage.
4.at some point the temperature of the demontration reduced.then my wife and our friend found a bench to sit on take a rest and a little away from the throng.
5.a little while later a woman police officer approached them to qask them to leave and uggeting thqat refusqal might lead to arrest.unphased my wife asked under 2which law they wouled be arrested.unusually the officer went away to find out.on return she may have apologised,certainly got into conversation,recieved a quick education that the issue was about resisting piblicd sector cuts including "our" local library.she agreed to sign the on-line petition,which technically might place her in breach of the law if the library i on her beat or patch.
6.this is an interesting and unusual incident.i am certain the outcome would have been different and closer to the uual outcome had the gender,age,race and body language dynamic been even slightly different.