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Glasgow Policing of Protests

Discussion in 'Scotland/Alba' started by q_w_e_r_t_y, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. q_w_e_r_t_y

    q_w_e_r_t_y Well-Known Member

    In the last couple of weeks there have been several incidents of protest being curtailed by Strathclyde police. In the first incident on 16th July, a refugee demo was moved out of George Square to faciliate a rally by fascists. There were four arrests - all of anti-fascist/refugee supporters. There is a write up here (account of the policing starts half way down)


    Loads of people complained about the policing and I understand there is now an internal inquiry ongoing into the policing of that day.

    On Saturday, over 100 people were kettled following a Diversity Rally in the city centre, called after Nick Griffen had threatened to turn up. They held people incl. two local councillors for over an hours proportedly under Section 17 of the Police Act, and then searched young working class men on leaving the kettle demanding names and addresses and photographing them under a section 60 that had been imposed across the whole of Glasgow that day. There were two arrests for failure to comply with Section 60.

    Yesterday at an anti-Cameron demo, protesters were told to move into a preformed kettle under Section 14 of the Public Order Act, and threatened with arrest if they did not move. They targetted and harassed legal observers and photographers, threatening one with arrest if she refused to protest. There were two arrests, one protester nearly got remanded for shouting "No ifs,no buts, no public sector cuts" at Cameron (heard in closed court, PF opposed bail).

    More info here including some video footage of incidents.

    This really really isn't acceptable. The right to protest is coming under severe attack in Glasgow, we need to address this before it gets worse.
  2. Frankie Jack

    Frankie Jack Not a bloke..

    Just found this on a rummage querty. I never heard a thing about any of this. Going to look at those links now.
  3. equationgirl

    equationgirl Do you believe you can walk on water?

    Never heard about it either. Looking at links as well.
  4. q_w_e_r_t_y

    q_w_e_r_t_y Well-Known Member

    Glasgow City Council are now trying to ban rallies in George Square


    " Glasgow City Council is looking to rule out the square as an appropriate gathering or dispersal point for demonstrations, citing fears over crowd control and the potential for protesters to be involved in an accident with traffic passing on all four sides."

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