A detailed new report launched today by the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) highlights how promises made by the police to ‘adapt to protest’ after 2009′s G20 demonstrations in London have been forgotten in a remarkably short space of time and a far more intolerant ‘total policing’ style response to protesters has developed in the UK.
The report, which covers a fourteen month period from late 2010 to
the end of 2011, paints a bleak picture of the state of the freedom to
protest in the UK. It documents how the tactic of containment known as
‘kettling’, the use of solid steel barriers to restrict the movement of
protesters, the intrusive and excessive use of stop & search and
data gathering, and the pre-emptive arrests of people who have committed
no crime, have combined to enable an effective clamp-down on almost all
forms of popular street-level dissent.
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