Dizzy has video footage here. Now, it's abundantly clear to me that Haw was never going to stand aside and let them search his tent*. Consequently, it was pretty inevitable that he was going to get done for obstruction of justice and, in my ever so humble opinion, that's perfectly acceptable.
The rule of law (the defence of which, is, to me, one of the only reasons for a government existing) is something that applies equally to all people, no matter what their motivation should be. That is why I was outraged that a bunch of climate change protesters should be acquitted from criminal damage charges because of their motivation.
In exactly the same way, I have no problem with Brian Haw being arrested for obstructing the police going about their lawful business, even if I agree with his viewpoint that the Iraq war was entirely unjustifiable.
If the police had locked him up indefinitely without cause and destroyed his tent, etc., etc., then I would have felt like his right to free speech was being removed and then I would have had an entirely different perspective on the case. But Brian Haw is up in front of the beak, the same way anybody else would have been if they had tried to stop the police executing a legal search warrant.
So, despite the rabid frothing of the purveyors of the Only True Libertarianism, I don't have the slightest problem with what has happened until now. And if Mr Haw is found guilty and punished and then allowed to return to his camp site, well then, a bunch of rabid frothers are going to look like cunts, aren't they?
*This all assumes of course that the police actually had valid and legal search permits, authorised by a judge, yada yada.