Submitted on Thursday 4th August 2011
Published on Tuesday 9th August 2011
Current status: Closed
Closed: Thursday 9th August 2012
Ban the tactic of containment (kettling) of demonstrations.
We the undersigned call for the government to ban the tactic of containment (kettling) of demonstrations, where there is not the threat of violence between conflicting groups of protesters, as it damages the community’s trust in the police and confidence in the right to protest.
On the 24th November 2010 demonstrators were kettled by the Metropolitan Police in Whitehall for up to 9 hours. These demonstrators were prevented from marching to Parliament and were in effect imprisoned and punished for attending a protest. In contrast on the 30th November protesters evaded the police no damage was caused and the protest remained peaceful until it was kettled.
When police kettle demonstrations they damage the community’s trust in the police and confidence in the right to protest. We call on the government to ban the tactic of containment (kettling) to restore confidence in the police.
This petition is on behalf of the Young Greens (www.younggreens.org.uk)
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