Letter: The limits of protest
Thursday 23 September 1999
If so, are we to assume that any act of protest, however marginal to the grievance, is admissible? The burning of Salman Rushdie's novel did nothing to help the cause of the disempowered community in Bradford because, for most people in this country, book-burning is an abiding symbol of Nazism.
Ms Alibhai-Brown would do well to consider the deeper implications of her glib pronouncements; just as those she defends might think harder about their methods, assuming that their protests were a reaction to disempowerment and not simply an example of extreme cultural intolerance.
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