Our right to protest needs to be fiercely protected. But if the government has anything to do with it, it will become even harder for us to assemble to demonstrate.
Parliament has voted in favour of the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill. This bill would give the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, powers to create laws to define ‘serious disruption’ to communities and organisations, on which police can then rely to impose conditions on protests. But in a victory for protestors, the next stage of the bill has now been delayed until later in the year after huge opposition: now we must oppose it enough that it is delayed indefinitely.
CND is supporting the Netpol petition – we must stand firm against any creeping restrictions on our right to protest.
CND signed an open letter to the Home Secretary and Justice Secretary with other organisations highlighting our concerns. You can view it here.