Tories and cops plot new assault on protest rights in 2021

Draconian new limits on democratic protest are being planned as the government looks to further lock down dissent in 2021, the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) has warned. The civil rights organisation said the government wanted to deliver on a police “wish list” by introducing new legislation. Senior police officers want to amend the Public Order Act 1986, in particular Section 14 which covers protest.   This could mean new conditions for static protest, including powers to limit the number of participants and duration of a demonstration. Significant expansion Netpol said: It seems the intention is to broaden these powers so they are more like those available for processions,…

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Biden Be Bold: AOC & Cori Bush Join Climate Protest Outside DNC Urging Activists to “Bring the Heat”

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, the Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. When we come back, we go to Washington, D.C., where there was a sit-in staged outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Stay with us. ∂∂ [MUSIC BREAK] AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, the Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. In Washington, D.C., indigenous, racial justice and climate activists staged an occupation outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters Thursday, calling on President-elect Joe Biden to take immediate climate action and approve the Green New Deal. Advocates are also calling for a corporate-free Cabinet. Protesters…

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Biden Be Bold: AOC & Cori Bush Join Climate Protest Outside DNC Urging Activists to "Bring the Heat"

Indigenous, racial justice and climate activists staged an occupation outside the Democratic National Convention in Washington Thursday, calling on President-elect Joe Biden to take immediate climate action and to approve the Green New Deal. Advocates are also calling for a Cabinet free of lobbyists and others with close industry ties. A number of lawmakers spoke at the protest, including Congressmember-elect Cori Bush from Missouri and Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. We air excerpts of their remarks. Source link

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Manchester students occupy university building in protest over living conditions

Students have occupied a University of Manchester building in protest against paying high fees despite living in “appalling” conditions amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The students are seeking a reduction to their rent and £9,000 tuition fees after face-to-face classes were halted and a series of issues with their accommodation.“This is an occupied building”They arrived at the OwensPark Tower, which the university has said is unoccupied, at 10am on 12 November, unveiling large banners and lighting flares from its windows.Banners were unfurled out of the tower’s windows (@rentstrikeUoM/Twitter) They said they are sticking to coronavirus (Covid-19) guidelines and have enough food and supplies to stay for at least…

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Extinction Rebellion in climate change protest at Cenotaph

Extinction Rebellion has staged a protest at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day.“Act now”The climate protesters unveiled a banner reading “Honour Their Sacrifice, Climate Change Means War” at the memorial on Whitehall, in central London. After the banner was displayed, British Army veteran and Extinction Rebellion member Donald Bell observed a two-minute silence before hanging a wreath of poppies bearing the message “act now”.Bell, 64, who completed four tours in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, said:Unchecked climate change means a return to a world at war.Extinction Rebellion campaigner Donald Bell observed a two-minute silence before hanging a wreath of poppies on the Cenotaph (TheLightscaper/PA)Bell added:I took action today knowing…

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Met apologises over journalists threatened with arrest while covering protest

Scotland Yard has apologised after journalists and photographers covering an anti-lockdown protest were told to leave and threatened with arrest.Journalists at the demo protesting the new national lockdown in England in Trafalgar Square on 5 November were reportedly told by officers they were not seen as essential workers and needed special permission from the Met Police to be present.The reported incidents took place as police clashed with protesters in the capital on the first day of the month-long second lockdown.‘Special permission’ The Society of Editors (SoE) has written to the Home Office and Met Police seeking “urgent clarification” that photographers and journalists will be able to cover protests…

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Alex Jones joins armed protest in US amid Donald Trump’s ‘stolen election’ claim

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones addressed a crowd of hundreds in the US, many of whom were armed, as Donald Trump supporters continue to protest over what the incumbent president has claimed is a “stolen” election. “Count the votes” Jones could be seen leading a crowd in the battleground state of Arizona with chants of “count the votes” – in stark contrast to other states where Trump supporters have called for officials to stop counting. Addressing the group at Maricopa County voting centre in Phoenix on Thursday night, the Infowars founder repeated Trump’s unfounded allegation that “big tech” has conspired to “silence us”. He was then accused of inciting…

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Tory MP’s office garden covered in empty plates in school meals protest

Dozens of empty plates were left outside a Conservative MP’s office to protest over the party voting against plans to extend free school meals over holidays.The protest was organised by the All Rise Collective, a group of inclusive feminist allies in the community, and targeted the constituency office of Southend West MP David Amess.Amess was one of 322 MPs who last week voted against a Labour motion calling for the extension of free meals during the school holidays in England until Easter 2021.Locals wrote messages on empty plates and left them outside the Southend West Conservative Association building on Sunday, with queues of people waiting to participate stretching…

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Scottish activists block gates at oil refinery in pollution protest

Climate activists have blocked the gates of the Ineos oil refinery at Grangemouth with boats in a protest against pollution.Extinction Rebellion Scotland claims Ineos is Scotland’s biggest climate polluter. And the group is staging the blockade as part of a programme of action.Small groups of no more than six people have locked themselves together at the gates. They aim to remain there all day on 23 October.Two boats are being used to block the entrances to the refinery and the headquarters.Activists plan to remain at the scene all day (Extinction Rebellion Scotland/PA)“We are running out of time”Annie Lane, 26, a campaigner from Glasgow, said:Ineos Grangemouth is Scotland’s largest…

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Amy Coney Barrett Won’t Say Climate Change Is Real; Forgets 1st Amendment Protects Right to Protest

We air highlights from the second day of questioning of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, who faced eight hours of questions on Wednesday about her views on issues ranging from climate change to voting rights to gay marriage and abortion, as Republicans race to confirm her ahead of the election and secure a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court for conservatives. Source link

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