Extension of police powers affecting dissent and protest
PLEASE CIRCULATE & RESPOND TO THE CONSULTATION IF YOU CAN.
The Government is proposing yet another extension of the law which will
affect the right to dissent and protest - Modernising Police Powers to
Meet Community Needs. As the Guardian article below says, the proposals
'are extraordinary in (its) scope'. It is expected to be included in
the Queen's Speech in November and has a short consultation period with
ends next Friday 8th October.
The proposals affecting dissent and protest include a 'super warrant'
allowing the police to search any property associated with an
individual, allowing police to arrest people for all offences, a new
offence of harassment aimed at stopping protest outside people's homes,
banning or controlling protest outside Parliament, extending the use of
DNA and other identification techniques.
The idea of banning/controlling all protest near parliament is a
response to Brian Haw's protest of over 3 years opposite Parliament.
Various authorities have tried different ways of getting rid of him but
haven't been able to do it legally in a way which he has not
successfully challenged. While a number of MPs have spoken out in
parliament against this kind of new legislation it may be that, on the
back of the Countryside Alliance protests, the idea of banning or
controlling protest outside Parliament will gain momentum and be seen as
acceptable for security reasons.
download the document from the Home Office website
The closing date for responses to the consultation is 8 October 2004
Responses can be emailed to:
Or addressed in writing to:
Police Leadership and Powers Unit
2nd Floor Allington Towers
19 Allington Street
London SW1E 5EB
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