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Undercover police arrest man for singing "We all live in a fascist regime"

In an oddly self-fulfilling action, undercover police swoop to snatch a man singing "We all live in a fascist regime" in Soho Square on the day of the Royal Wedding. This is Britain in 2011.
Guy Aitchison
30 April 2011

In an oddly self-fulfilling action, undercover police swoop to snatch a man singing "We all live in a fascist regime" in Soho Square on the day of the Royal Wedding. Welcome to Britain in 2011.

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