From 1 September, Extinction Rebellion (XR) have called their latest series of actions focusing on Parliament in London and on protests in Cardiff and Manchester.
Serious concerns about the Metropolitan Police’s operation during last October’s XR protests in London were highlighted in our report “Restricting the Rebellion” and in January this year, it was revealed that counter-terrorism police had included Extinction Rebellion on a list of extremist ideologies. Following on from evidence about the unlawful use of police powers during Black Lives Matter protests in early June, we remain concerned campaigners will once again face oppressive and disproportion policing.
If you are taking part in the protests, make sure you read the key advice from Green and Black Cross and have the details of Extinction Rebellion’s arrestee support team with you. We also strongly recommend reading the statement on relations with the police published in July 2020
If you experience any of the following during the protests, we want to hear from you:
- The misuse of powers intended to limit protests, including serious restrictions on movement justified by the alleged need to “prevent crime”.
- The use of powers under coronavirus health regulations limiting numbers at public gatherings and threatening or issuing fixed penalty notices (especially in Manchester, where there are local lockdown guidelines in place).
- The use of police powers under schedule 21 of the Coronmavirus Act 2020 enabling the police to detain people suspected of potential infection.
- Officers using anti-social behaviour powers under section 50 of the Police Reform Act to demand details from protesters
- Officers using powers under Section 35 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to try to disperse protesters.
- The targeting of Black, Asian or other minority or LGBTQ+ protesters for arrest.
- The mistreatment or targeting of disabled protesters and any failure by the police to facilitate disabled people’s right to protest – this was a particular concern during last year’s XR protests.
- Aggressive behaviour, such as pushing protesters around.
- Excessive force used making arrests.
- Random or unclear use of stop & search powers.
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