COP26: will Police Scotland keep their promises?

Police Scotland invite the press to witness their ongoing public order training at Craigiehall Camp at South Queensferry. Iain Masterton/Alamy Live News With plans for 10,000 police officers on duty every day during the United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) in...

Manchester Students Demand ‘Cops off Campus’

Greater Manchester Police’s Tactical Aid Unit riot squads outside fallowfield campus. PHOTO: GBC Manchester A guest post by University of Manchester (UoM) Cops Off Campus. READ THE REPORT Since the start of the term in Autumn 2020, University of Manchester...

Government announces new restrictions to the right to protest

Protester at a Black Lives Matter protest in London in 2020. Photo: Shutterstock Please sign the petition rejecting the government’s new crackdown on freedom to protest. SIGN THE PETITION The coronavirus pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on our ability to take...

Talking to the Cops – A Guide for Protest Groups

Acknowledging a renewed debate about the merits and risks for protesters negotiating or communicating with the police, one of the co-founders of environmental group Extinction Rebellion claimed in February that concerns raised by other campaigners were “a proxy for...

Resisting the police’s new ‘pay-to-protest’ policy

News that the Metropolitan Police and Westminster council require organisers of the Time to Act climate demonstration on 7 March to pay for a ‘traffic management plan’ and specialist stewards has been greeted with understandable outrage. Sam Fairbairn, the national...