Tag Archives: Protest

Supreme Court’s Catt judgment ignores reality of surveillance and seriously undermines privacy & protest rights

Yesterday’s Supreme Court judgment ( press summary here) in the Catt case marks a missed opportunity to protect the privacy rights of protestors and instead waves through the police’s runaway mass surveillance operations. By a 4:1 majority the Court allowed the Met’s appeal against the 2013 Court of Appeal decision which had said that the retention of intelligence records on John Catt (a […]

To arrest and intimidate: State determination to undermine dissent laid bare

Black Lives Matter The arrest of 76 protesters following a die-in at Westfield shopping centre in London on 10th December 2014 was not just outrageous and callous, but provides one of the clearest recent cases of the state’s current determination to stamp out protest by any means necessary. The protest, which was called by the London Black Revolutionaries, in conjunction with […]

‘No Comment’ – Two Big Words

In an age of intelligence-led policing, ‘no comment’ is of fundamental importance. Police, especially insidious Police Liaison Officers, use our innate human dispensation towards communication against those who dare to dissent; orders/questions barked out by agents of the state carry with them an implied threat of punishment for refusal. This provides police with an all-too-easy strategy for […]

Threats to Freedom of Assembly and Association: Briefing

Law is War authors, Amy and Jag, were asked to help write a briefing document being compiled by Defend the Right to Protest to coincide with a two day workshop hosted by the UN Special Rappoteur, Maina Kiai, in Kenya on litigating people’s rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.  The aim of the draft briefing was […]

Reflections on London’s March for Gaza

It is easy to remain dubious over the efficacy of well-stewarded A-to-B protest marches, and I certainly felt pangs of apprehension as the march for Gaza set off from the Israeli Embassy yesterday (26th July 2014) – already hemmed in by barriers, stewards informed those not behind the organisers’ lead banners which side of the […]

“Super-ASBO” IPNAs rejected by House of Lords

Last night the House of Lords rejected by a majority of 128 the Government’s proposed Anti-social Behavour, Crime and Policing Bill (pdf). Aspects of the Bill were intended to replace Labour’s highly controversial Anti-social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) with a new system of Injunctions to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance (IPNAs), and essentially represented an exaggeration of […]

Trenton Oldfield: imprisoned for non-violent direct action, now facing deportation

Protest On 7th April 2012 Trenton Oldfield, a 37 year old Australian who has lived in the UK for over a decade, temporarily disrupted the Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race.  He did so not out of hatred for the individuals in the boats but in protest against elitism and “the astounding and entirely unnecessary levels […]

Tear Gas Everywhere

Whether it be mainstream or citizen journalism, a striking feature of photos from the protests in Turkey is the ever-present cloud of pale yellow gas lurking in the background or engulfing protesters, particularly in images captured after dark. This flagrant use of tear gas, often as a first-resort, by these countries’ police services (with implied […]

G8 Protests: Outnumbered by the Police

With the G8 summit protests, held in Northern Ireland this week, being rather smaller than previous years I thought it important to look at the G8/G20, the protests they’ve inspired, and ask of this most recent protest: where was everyone? G8 In 1973, leaders from four of the world’s largest economies (France, Germany, UK, USA) […]

Kettling for intelligence ruled unlawful by High Court

The High Court has issued an important ruling relating to Police intelligence gathering during containment situations. During a TUC demonstration in London on 30th November 2011, a kettle was imposed on UK Uncut protesters in order to stop an imminent breach of the peace. Protesters were then told that they could leave the kettle, but […]