Judge rules that the kettling and treatment of peaceful protesters was illegal

Yesterday’s ruling stating that the kettling and brutal treatment of
climate campers by the police at the G20 demonstration was a fantastic
result for protesters. The judge ruled that the police tactics were
not only unjustified but that they were illegal. Despite the police
stating they will appeal the judgement, the scores of protesters who
were illegally and unlawfully detained whilst protesting may now have
grounds to claim for damages. We support the judge’s ruling and
encourage a new attitude, which should be reflected in the training of
police prior to protests. There must be a shift in the police’s
approach to protesters which seems bent of criminalising people
exercising the fundamental right to protest.
Although the judgement does not completely discredit kettling as an
unlawful tactic, we remain adamant that it should be struck down as a
policing tactic. Following the charges that the 145 Fortnum & Masons
protesters were levied with after a peaceful occupation, we are still
concerned about the tactic being used as a strategy for political
policing. Stop Kettling Our Kids offer support to the 145 protesters.
This ruling is another opportunity to reinforce the EDM 1257 to ban
kettling, so urge your local MP.

About Stop Kettling Our Kids!

This is a group for parents and supporters of children, students and young people who have protested about tuition fees and cuts to EMA. We are disgusted at the way they have been treated on the recent demonstrations. We feel that kettling young people without access to food, water and toilets for up to 10 hours is an infringement of their rights. The violence that has been used on the tens of thousands of protesters has been completely unacceptable. One young protester is in hospital. Our young people will not be intimidated from the streets and must be allowed to protest without fear of imprisonment or assault.
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