Dangerous new bill proposed by the government
The right to protest is fundamental to a free and fair society. It’s a right we have fought long and hard for. Without the right to protest, accountability and freedom suffers.
A New Policing Bill
The Government’s new policing Bill gets the balance dangerously wrong. Such an enormous and unprecedented extension of policing powers will put too much power in the hands of the state, to effectively ban protests – including peaceful ones – should they see fit.
Vigil for Sarah Everard
Worse still, this Bill alongside other efforts by the UK Government to threaten and dilute other fundamental rights and freedoms. The claims of excessive force used by Metropolitan police against women attending a vigil for Sarah Everard on 13 March, beggars belief, and is a stark and timely warning about precisely why Parliament must not grant police further powers to stop peaceful protest.
Racism and discrimination
As well as preventing peaceful protest, sections of this Bill will most likely disproportionately impact people who are in the minority and increase the racism and discrimination that is experienced by many of them. For example, measures to enhance stop & search and restrict the right to roam, precisely at a time when the UK Government should be working to address these issues.
This is not the path to a free and just society. This is the path to a clampdown on our centuries old rights of freedom of movement, expression and assembly. This is entirely incompatible with the UK’s self-image as a place of liberty.
We cannot allow this clampdown to happen. Take action and call on our Prime Minister to put the brakes on the Bill and stop the assault on our freedoms.
Text taken from Amnesty International
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