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Protesters rally against ‘draconian’ police bill across the UK

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1/16/2022 2:51:00 AM

Protesters rally against ‘draconian’ police bill across the UK

The 'Kill the Bill' action came ahead of a crucial vote on the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill by peers on Monday. | ITV National News

“It leads to every protest becoming a conflict about having the protest, rather than what the protest is about.Credit:“We cannot think of better measures to disempower and socially isolate young people,” the more than 350 signatories wrote in the letter, published online.

Why is the bill controversial?Demonstrators on Whitehall during a 'Kill The Bill' protest in London.Amendments added to the bill by the government in the House of Lords in November make it a criminal offence to obstruct major transport works or attach oneself to objects or people, and would equip police with the power to ban named individuals from demonstrating or even using the internet to encourage others to do so.

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Nothing to do again The cunning thing to do would be to not protest, confusing the government, perhaps worrying it about public under-participation, and causing it to think about new legislation to fine people for not protesting when there is clearly some kind of grievance It’s the protesters who are draconian .

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Jeremy Corbyn warned that the laws would “disempower” the public. He said: “If the right to protest is restricted, if you have to seek police permission to do anything, well, where does that lead to? “It leads to every protest becoming a conflict about having the protest, rather than what the protest is about. He added: “This sense of disempowerment is designed to have a depressive effect, particularly on young people”. Protests were held around the country Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Hundreds of clinical psychiatrists and psychologists have also expressed their concerns about the bill‘s impact on young people’s mental health, writing in an open letter that curtailing their right to non-violent protest “will further erode young people’s trust in politicians, and their belief that their voices are heard, respected and matter”. “We cannot think of better measures to disempower and socially isolate young people,” the more than 350 signatories wrote in the letter, published online. Demonstrators in Manchester Danny Lawson/PA Why is the bill controversial? In its current form, the bill would put protesters at risk of lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines for actions that cause “serious annoyance”, which could be done just by making noise, and for anyone found guilty of damaging a statue or memorial. It would expand police stop-and-search powers, and new laws against residing on land without authorisation with a vehicle would effectively criminalise the way of life of gypsy, Roma and traveller communities. Demonstrators on Whitehall during a 'Kill The Bill' protest in London. Credit: PA Amendments added to the bill by the government in the House of Lords in November make it a criminal offence to obstruct major transport works or attach oneself to objects or people, and would equip police with the power to ban named individuals from demonstrating or even using the internet to encourage others to do so. Labour members in the House of Lords tweeted that they will be “opposing protest clauses added late on” to the wide-ranging bill in Monday’s votes. Ben Hancock, 70, from London, told the PA news agency: “The measures are completely draconian really, basically rights will be taken away from anybody to protest. “I mean, effectively we’re going to be reduced to a state similar to Russia.” A demonstrator in London Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Sue, 62, who would only give her first name and who had travelled to the protest as part of Extinction Rebellion from Godalming, Surrey, said: “I believe that some of the provisions in that bill will severely limit the sorts of things that we’re able to do to protest.” Tied to a fellow protester, she added: “So we won’t, for instance, be able to be together like this holding hands, or or even tying ourselves together. “There are many, many things that we won’t be able to do and really, protests will just be a thing of the past. “And so many of the the freedoms that we have in this country have been gained through protest. “Not through just people being quiet about it, and people in power deciding that they’ll give freedoms to people, but because people have come out on the streets and made a noise and made a protest. “And I want to still be able to do that, I want my children to be able to do that.” Demonstrators in College Green, Bristol Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Terry Matthews, 69, from south London said: “I think we’re facing a really vitriolic attack on our rights to protest and our freedoms to show our dissatisfaction with the status of the government and the country. “And it’s a really dangerous step to try to take.” Home Secretary Priti Patel has argued that the laws are to rein in disruptive protest actions by groups such as Insulate Britain, who have glued themselves to motorways, but critics say its impact would be much further reaching. The national day of action also saw crowds march through Manchester city centre with smoke flares, causing some transport disruption, and North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll telling a rally in Newcastle that the legislation was not about law and order but “about taking away our rights to protest”. In Bristol, some of those gathered on College Green held decorated riot shields and placards that read “remove the Tories, not our rights” and “democracy without dissent=dictatorship”.