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Location address: United Kingdom, Westminster
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Speaker’s Corner is the place where people speak up their mind to a “willing audience”. Contrary to popular belief there is no statutory basis for the right to speak at Speakers’ Corner. It is just “tolerated” and a tradition now. Even a tourism attraction.
The history of this Speakers’ Corner starts in 1855. Public riots broke out in the park about the “Sunday Trading Bill” which forbade buying and selling on a Sunday. The park was used by the movement as a point of assembly for workers’ protests. They forced the “right to speak” in Hyde Park. That resulted in the “The Parks Regulation Act of 1872”. It allowed “public meetings”.
These riots were described by Karl Marx as the beginning of the English revolution.
A lot of people think this is the only Speakers’ Corner in London, but that is not the case. There are Speakers’ Corners in Finsbury Park, Clapham Common, Kennington Park and Victoria Park. But this one here is definitely the most popular one.
A Speakers’ Corner is an area where open-air public speaking, debate and discussion are allowed. The original and most noted is in the north-east corner of Hyde Park in London, United Kingdom, the site of the Tyburn gallows used for public executions. Speakers there may talk on any subject, as long as the police consider their speeches lawful, although this right is not restricted to Speakers’ Corner only. Contrary to popular belief, there is no immunity from the law, nor are any subjects proscribed, but in practice the police tend to be tolerant and therefore intervene only when they receive a complaint or if they hear profanity.
Speakers’ Corner had some famous speakers such as philosopher en political economist Karl Marx, communist politician Vladimir Lenin, writer George Orwell, journalist and socialst Cyril James…
Check out the debates on this link.