Police response to anti-monarchy protests shows the need for Netpol’s Charter for Freedom of Assembly Rights

Friday, 16 September 2022 — NetPol

There has been outrage at the arrests. But protest is not illegal!

#NotMyKing and police

There has been outrage this week at the arrests and threat of arrest of anti-monarchy protesters. However the arrests have also led to a lot of misinformation and alarmist statements about the law and our right to protest.

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UK: Is dissent now illegal? How worried should we be?

Monday, 6 June 2022 — Goodlaw Project

Join me for a special Good Law Project live event: “Is the UK shutting down dissent? Protest in the new age of policing powers” on Wednesday 15 June at 5pm.

The Government has changed the law to make it easier for the police to restrict where and how we protest, and it’s set to do so again in the coming months. For many, freedom of
assembly is essential to a healthy democracy. Just how worried should we be about the new powers the Government has given the police, and itself, to limit protest?

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Major UK Political Parties Back ‘State Threats’ Bill That Would Restrict Press Freedom

Monday, 30 May 2022 — The Dissenter


UK Home Secretary Priti Patel is a leading supporter of the “state threats” bill that has press freedom advocates concerned. (Photo: ukhouseoflords)

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All main political parties in the United Kingdom have called for immediate passage in Parliament of new measures to fight “state threats,” which would restrict press freedom and threaten civil liberties.

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The Police Bill has received Royal Assent. Get ready to resist!

Thursday, 28 April 2022 — NetPol

It’s time for collective solidarity

On 28th April, the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill received Royal Assent. Thousands of us took to the streets to resist this draconian legislation. But the battle against the bill was never going to be won in parliament, and it’s now down to all of us to make it unenforceable on the streets.

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UK: The government wants to silence dissent

10 March 2021 — Good Law Project

Other than at a General Election – an event occurring at five-yearly intervals that hands unconstrained power to a Party that wins a majority – a citizen has but one way of registering dissent at what is done in their name: the right to protest. Yesterday the Government announced its intention to legislate that right out of meaningful existence.

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