Activists have been given an open invitation to protest in Brighton and Hove.
The new ruling party in Brighton and Hove has said it is a “duty” for protesters to take to the streets and express their anger at cuts to public services.
What could possibly go wrong?
Their comments have lead to fears the city could become a destination for demonstrations and business leaders have warned the move could result in an influx of thugs with no interest in peaceful protest.
Why, no, I’m sure it won’t!
Councillor Ben Duncan, cabinet member for communities, equality and public protection, said that peaceful protests will be embraced by the new Green administration.
He said: “Since the election I think you can see a change of attitude at the council.
“We made a decision with the Spanish protests in Old Steine not to move them on and potentially inflame the situation but to allow them to demonstrate peacefully. We have had discussions with the police and they seem to be sharing that attitude.”
“I hope over the next four years we will see a whole new atmosphere. Legitimate protest is not just a right but in the current climate is almost a duty. We want people to feel confident they can carry out that duty in our city without fear.”
And the businesses? They can just put up with the fear that their premises will be vandalised and their customers inconvenienced, can they?
Perhaps they need to reconsider payment of business rates to a council that seemingly is in bed with anarchists?
Or perhaps they should reconsider basing their offices in Brighton and Hove at all….