British activist convicted for yelling that Prime Minister David Cameron “had blood on his hands” during an anti-cuts protest


17 March 2013
British activist Bethan Tichborne has been found guilty of a public order offence for telling British Prime Minister David Cameron he had “blood in his hands” during protests against cutting disabled benefit in November last year.

Ticherborne, a teaching assistant who works with disabled children, described her shock after she was fined by Oxford magistrates court for yelling at Cameron during a disabled rights protest in Oxfordshire.

She said she initially thought her court summons was a bureaucratic error.

Ticherborne, who is an Oxford University graduate, poet and anti-sweatshop campaigner, was told by a district judge that her comments were highly insulting to the Premier.

The 28-year-old teacher was convicted of using threatening words or behavior to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

“I am really quite shocked and quite sad. I had a placard that said Cameron has got blood on his hands and shouted disabled people are dying because of Cameron’s policies,” she said.

“The judge said stuff in his verdict that made it very clear it was political, like he couldn’t think of anything more insulting or offensive.”

British Pensions minister Steve Webb admitted earlier in January that one in three British households with a disabled person would lose out under the Tory-led government’s plans to limit annual increases in working-age benefits to 1 percent for the next three year.

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