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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G7 Summit police confused about duty to protect freedom of assembly

7 June 2021 — NetPol

Protests against the forthcoming G7 summit, from 11-13 June in Carbis Bay in Cornwall, are expected to face a huge policing operation that includes exclusion zones and around 6500 officers from around the country. A coalition of organisations under the banner “Resist G7” are organising demonstrations on each day of the summit and separately, Extinction Rebellion South West plans a series of actions.
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EXPLAINER: What does the new policing bill say about restricting protests?

13 April 2021 — NetPol

Protester arrested during Extinction Rebellion protests in London, October 2019PHOTO: Splento

Since the confrontational crackdown by the Metropolitan Police on women holding a vigil for Sarah Everard at Clapham Common on 13 March, a growing movement has condemned police intolerance to the right to protest and warned this will only become worse with the passing of the government’s 307 page Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

So what exactly does the bill propose?
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Government announces new restrictions to the right to protest

9 March, 2021 — Netpol

BLM-ProtestProtester at a Black Lives Matter protest in London in 2020. Photo: Shutterstock

Please sign the petition rejecting the government’s new crackdown on freedom to protest.

The coronavirus pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on our ability to take to the streets. Now the Home Office is busy preparing, in readiness for when public health restrictions start to ease, to make sweeping changes to public order legislation that will give the police extra powers to restrict future protests.

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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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Fascism…are we there yet? Wall Street is making it happen By Margarida Fragoso

10 July 2014 — The Greanville Post

Want to hear the worst idea in the history of horrible ideas? How about we take the industry responsible for destroying the U.S. economy and wrecking the lives of tens of millions of people, and then allow it to create a “government-industry cyber war council.”It appears that trillions in taxpayer bailouts simply wasn’t enough for Wall Street.

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How Should We Write and Fight? By Andre Vltchek

31 May 2014 — Counterpunch

Time to Listen

Why are the streets of New York, Washington D.C., London and Paris so orderly, so quiet?

Are we – opposition investigative journalists, philosophers and documentary filmmakers – doing such a terrible job? Are we not providing the North American and European public with enough information, enough proof about the monstrous state of the world? Enough so they – the citizens of the Empire – finally get thoroughly pissed off, detach their backsides from their couches and chairs, and flood the capitals and business centers with their bodies, demanding change, demanding the end to atrocities that are being committed all over the world… the end of this imperialist and neo-con madness?

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The criminalisation of political opposition in America By Patrick Martin

12 May 2014 — WSWS

“While the current rash of anti-democratic measures largely targets non-citizens, mainly of Middle-Eastern descent, they constitute a fundamental attack on the basic rights of the entire population. These attacks will be extended to American citizens, especially those who oppose the government’s policies, sooner rather than later.”

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Event: Prepare for Troublemakers

29 April 2014 — Bishopsgate Institute

For those of you in London and surrounds, this might be of interest to you:

What is worth the trouble?
Throughout history there have been those who sought to change the world and in doing so were labelled troublemakers. But are they always radical, extreme, revolutionary or even violent? Are they always anti-establishment or left-wing? Has social media changed the way people protest? Continue reading

15 terrifying images which show that Kiev is a real warzone

19 February 2014 — RT

Anti-government rioters aim their weapons during clashes with riot police in Independence Square in Kiev February 18, 2014. (AFP Photo / Genya Savilov)

Anti-government rioters aim their weapons during clashes with riot police in Independence Square in Kiev February 18, 2014. (AFP Photo / Genya Savilov)

Corpses on the streets, burning police trucks and military-clad rioters beating law enforcement officers to death with clubs. This collection of visuals proves the words ‘peaceful protests’ are inapplicable to Kiev.

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