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Don\'t censor or prosecute Starling Vendetta!!

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We the undersigned are against the threat to prosecute Starling Vendetta Boutique for their window installation by artist Kate Montgomery. The story so far...... Police have threatened a Newport fashion boutique with prosecution for showing this in their window: http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/8784/starlingvendettaunfiggeno3.jpg Ridiculous, we think you\'ll agree. The clued-up police cited a \"section 4, or is it section 5\" offence to get the vintage handmade fashion store to censor the sinful work - by putting a fig leaf across the big man\'s bits! http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/9660/starlingvendettafiggedqh7.jpg The council haven\'t helped by insisting that Starling Vendetta, owned and run by locals Flick Sawkins and Angela Harker, toe the police line and disfigure the bold work by Kate Montgomery. We think that a fun installation by a local talent is the least of Newport\'s worries. The censorship of it, though, may well be a worry for all of us..... Do we want local entrepeneurs, eager to show their run-down City in a confident and colourful light, threatened with the heavy hand of the law for daring to be different Do we want this to set a precedent for the rest of the UK Do we want a return to a Mary Whitehouse World, fearful of anything that may upset the \'Moral Minority\' Or do we want our city centres to be places that art can thrive, that ideas can abound, that playful needn\'t mean pornographic Do we want some semblance of civil liberty saved in a country that seems to want rid of them --- SIGN THIS PETITION to show support for Starling Vendetta as they face possible court action for bringing a little culture to an anonymous cityscape. SIGN THIS PETITION to show the police, our councils, that you are against the defamation of an artists work by the threat of prosecution. SIGN THIS PETITION to show Newport Council that censoring lifelike work, while Liverpool becomes European Capital of Culture 2008 with Anthony Gormley\'s far more explicit \"Another Place\" on public display as it\'s centrepiece, is just plain ignorance!

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Home of the boutique that\'s been so troublesome to the authorities....... www.starlingvendetta.com

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