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Dwindling Democracy: UK Government Grants Police More Power to Suppress Protests

A dwindling democracy: The government grants police more powers to suppress protest
اية محمد 5 April 2024

The government has unveiled fresh legislation with the objective of quelling disruptive protests. These latest provisions aim to deter individuals from inflicting recurrent significant disruptions amidst demonstrations. These authorities were integrated into the Public Order Law enacted last year.

New Laws Enacted to Quell Disruptive Protests

صلاحيات جديدة للشرطة البريطانية لقمع المظاهرات.. التفاصيل الكاملة

Under the new regulations, known as Serious Disruption Prevention Orders, law enforcement will have the authority to intervene before individuals cause significant disruptions, particularly those with a history of protest-related offenses or those who have disregarded court-imposed restrictions.

These orders grant authorities the ability to impose various restrictions on individuals, such as prohibiting them from being in specific locations, engaging in disruptive activities, associating with protest groups at certain times, or using the internet to incite protest-related offenses.

The issuance of these orders is contingent upon individuals having committed protest-related offenses on at least two occasions or having violated injunction conditions. The specifics of each order will be determined by the court and can remain in effect for up to two years, with the possibility of renewal if the individual continues to pose a threat.

Government Grants Police Enhanced Powers to Quell Protests

صلاحيات جديدة للشرطة البريطانية لقمع المظاهرات.. التفاصيل الكاملة

Violating these orders will be considered a criminal offense punishable by a maximum penalty of six months in prison and/or an unlimited fine.

Home Secretary James Cleverly emphasized the government’s commitment to upholding the public’s democratic right to protest while addressing the need to address individuals who persist in causing chaos and disruption. These measures supplement earlier actions taken by the government, including restrictions on the use of face masks to conceal identity, criminalizing climbing on designated war memorials, and prohibiting the possession of flares and pyrotechnics at protests.

Additionally, the Criminal Justice Bill aims to prevent individuals from using the right to protest as a defense for committing criminal acts. These initiatives are aimed at ensuring that people can exercise their democratic rights to protest while safeguarding public safety and preventing serious disruptions to everyday life.

In the past six months, there has been a significant increase in protests and vigils, resulting in over 600 arrests nationwide. The police response to these events has incurred substantial costs and required the deployment of thousands of officers.

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