Sign the petition to stop the Government’s dangerous new Policing Bill. It will give police more powers to shut down protest, stop and search without suspicion, and criminalise Gypsy and Traveller communities.
Protest isn’t a gift from the State – it’s our fundamental right and under human rights law, States have an obligation to facilitate protest, not suppress it.
Yet this is exactly what the Government’s new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill seeks to achieve.
Not content with all but banning protest during the pandemic, the Government is now using this public health crisis as cover to make emergency measures permanent. Its new policing Bill is an all-out assault on basic civil liberties.
The anti-protest Bill will:
• Give police the choice on where, when and how people can protest
• Potentially criminalise the entire way of life of nomadic Gypsy and Traveller communities
• Create new stop and search powers that will exacerbate discriminatory over-policing of people of colour.
We cannot allow these powers to pass. Now is the time for us to come together to stand up to this aggressive and egregious power grab.
Sign the petition today