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Repeal ss 11-14A of the Public Order Act

Comment 11th July 2010

These 5 sections of the POA should be repealed as they constitute an unacceptable restriction of the right to protest.

Why does this matter?

The effect of this part of the POA is to make it more and more difficult to protest. These laws are also widely subject to abuse, one of the most notorious examples being at the G20 protests in 2009

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2009/apr/15/g20-protests-police-press

The only solution is repeal. Only once this has been done there can be a sensible discussion as to what powers the police should have in terms of policing protest by consent, with appropriate sanctions for police who abuse their powers, not until.

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