New government tightens environmental protests in England and Wales. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak proposed an amendment to the Public Order Law which, if adopted, would empower police to stop or arrest protesters, before the start of marches, slow marches or roadblocks. The intent is to target audiences who are using this nonviolent civil disobedience to denounce the climate crisis. In total Just stop oilknown to stain the glass of picture i Sunflowers by Van Gogh. With the regulatory change, their actions could be classified as “Significant traffic delays”. The measure will be discussed in the House of Lords this week, where the Prime Minister must also convince the Labor opposition. However, the environmental and civil rights movements were “due to the draconian approach, e.g repressive‘ which the UK government is adopting towards demonstrations. They then fear that the squeeze is imitated in other European countries. In Italy the Minister of the Interior Matteo Piantedosi, after smearing the ‘finger’ of Maurizio Cattelan in Milan has already announced a tightening of the rules, “using both criminal and security tools” to punish the actions of activists last generation.
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Police “no longer have to wait for traffic disruptions and can break up protests before chaos erupts,” said Sunak, presenting his proposed amendment for England and Wales. The law, if passed, will introduce them new ban offense (snapping) and allows individual actions of the same group to be considered, even if they are scheduled on different days or locations, e.g Part of a single protest. The agents are then allowed to execute searches and arrests to quote or impose restrictions on activists. This but it is not the first tightening of Parliament with a conservative majority. Already last year he had i pop-up principles, a type of demonstration using photos or constructions made of wood or cardboard temporarily upgrade a room or show how it could be, with targeted urban interventions.
Then sanctioned under the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act further restrictions for activistsallowing the police to ban sanctioned demonstrations “too loud”. At the moment it looks like Labor MPs will not support the change: they have defined the proposed change “outrageous” and “very worrying”. For the Liberal Democrats, however, it is “part of the Conservative government’s undemocratic attempts to silence any opposition to its policies”. The most important movements for the climate They said that despite everything, they would not quit: “Giving up is not an option. No matter what the government does – Just Stop Oil said through its spokesman – they can arrest, fine or jail ordinary people for walking down the street. Or they can take significant steps to protect the people of this country and start ending new oil and gas, insulating people’s homes and defense of the NHS“.
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“The right to protest is a fundamental principle of our democracy, but it is not absolute. A balance must be found between the rights of individuals and the rights of the hard-working majority to go about their daily activities – Sunak replied – We cannot allow the protests led by a small minority upset the life of the general public. That is unacceptable and we will get it over with.” The tightening of regulatory law would then be a reaction to this Please for more clarity spoken by the police about the legal limits “in repressive tactics”. “Guerrilla” by environmentalists. More and more often – added the head of the London Metropolitan Police Mark Rowley – find themselves embroiled in complex legal battles to reconcile the right to protest and the right of others to go about their daily lives without serious disadvantage”. Anna BirleyCo-founder of the social justice movement Reclaim these streetsHe disagrees: “Letting law enforcement decide who is allowed to protest is incredibly dangerous – he said – We cannot claim to live in a healthy democracy if our government restricts our basic human rights and if new powers to crack down on dissent are handed over to police forces dealing with institutional racism, misogyny and homophobia“.