Thousands join the protest against Israeli attacks on Palestine

Thousands of people have gathered in central London to march in solidarity with the people of Palestine following the Israeli bombardment of Gaza and attacks in the West Bank. Organisers say “immediate action” is needed by the UK Government to help end the “brutal” violence against the Palestinian people. At midday on Saturday, demonstrators arrived at Hyde Park near Marble Arch to march to the Israeli embassy, holding banners and chanting. People gather at Marble Arch in central London (Dominic Lipinski/PA) “Free free Palestine” Thousands of people marched through the park chanting “free, free Palestine”, and holding banners calling for an end to the bombing of the territory…

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"Nothing to Lose": Colombians Protest "Fascist Mafia Regime" Amid Deadly Police & Military Crackdown

At least 30 people in Colombia have been reportedly killed since a nationwide uprising erupted against the government of right-wing President Iván Duque. Protesters are vowing to remain in the streets amid a deadly crackdown by police and military officers. About 800 people have been injured and 87 people are missing in the midst of the demonstrations, which were initially sparked by a now-withdrawn tax reform proposal, but they have since expanded in scope. People in Colombia are also denouncing rampant police brutality and demanding broader social, economic and political reforms. At least 15 people were killed in a massacre in the city of Cali on April 30…

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#KillTheBill: here’s where you can join a protest this weekend

Home secretary Priti Patel’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill has been in the public eye for weeks. Also known as the Police Bill, it’s resulted in protests up and down the UK. And they’re not ending anytime soon. Because this weekend dozens of #KillTheBill demos are happening across the country. #KillTheBill everywhere Campaign group Collective Action LDN has produced an interactive map of where #KillTheBill protests will be happening. It had 38 listed as of Friday 16 April at 12pm. A lot of them are happening on Saturday 17 April: Some of the #KillTheBill demos have Facebook pages. So, you can check out the details for the…

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Video shows police at Manchester’s #KillTheBill protest slamming a woman’s head into the side of their van

Content warning – this article contains a description of police violence Shocking footage from Manchester’s Kill the Bill demonstration on 3 April shows police officers slamming a woman’s head into a police van and then folding her body in half to restrain her as she shouts for help. This violence was used as Samantha was arrested for a minor public order offence. She was later issued with a £90 fixed penalty notice. A statement seen by The Canary says that the force used to push Samantha into the side of the vehicle broke the van’s wing-mirror. Mistaken identity The incident occurred after Samantha’s partner Dave was grabbed by…

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Here’s everywhere you can join a protest to Kill The Bill this weekend

People are gearing up to take action against the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill this weekend. Many of us from The Canary will be taking part in protests across the country. So want to get involved and don’t know how? Collective Action has produced an interactive map of what’s happening in your area: Know your rights! Part one – coronavirus regs If you’re taking to the streets, it’s important to know your rights. Coronavirus (Covid-19) regulations have also changed and now include an exemption for protest. Kevin Blowe, campaigns coordinator at the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol), told The Canary more abut the rule change: The coronavirus regulations changed…

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Videos from the latest Bristol protest should dismiss all doubts over police violence

On 26 March, protesters gathered in Bristol to peacefully demonstrate against the Tory government’s draconian Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. The protest came after “violent and disgraceful policing” at previous ‘Kill the Bill’ protests. Although Avon and Somerset police have retracted claims that officers sustained broken bones while dispersing crowds at the 21 March protest, government officials such as prime minister Boris Johnson and home secretary Priti Patel continue to blame protestors for the violence in Bristol – as have the mainstream media and commentators. Now, however, people have released footage from the latest protest that should dismiss all doubts over police violence. Scenes of police brutality Bristol Cable editor…

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MPs and peers slam lockdown laws on protest as ‘a mess’

Laws on the right to protest during the coronavirus pandemic have been a “mess” and campaigners deserve clarity so they can demonstrate safely, a group of MPs and peers has said. The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has called on the government to place the rights of protest on an equal footing with that of the right to communal worship under lockdown rules. Committee chairman Harriet Harman said: “The law on the right to protest during the pandemic has been a mess and the right to protest has not been protected. “While the Government has rightly protected the right to assemble for religion, they have not properly…

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Defend the right to protest, fight back against the police crackdown bill

Our right to protest is under attack. Protest is being criminalised and it’s urgent that we act now before it’s too late. The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is being rushed through parliament. It will give the police powers to impose conditions on protests that they view as too noisy or cause “serious unease”. The Bill will ban protests that block roads around Parliament. It also allows the police to impose conditions on one-person protests. And it will introduce a new offence, punishable by up to ten years in prison, of ‘public nuisance’ for actions that cause “serious distress”, “serious annoyance”, “serious inconvenience”.  Yes, that’s right. If…

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Priti Patel’s new policing bill is threatening our right to protest

Today marks the second reading of the Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Bill, which will increase police powers and allow them to clamp down on protests. The bill, spearheaded by home secretary Priti Patel, had already met with criticism, but has come under renewed scrutiny in the wake of police actions at the vigil for Sarah Everard on Clapham Common. During the gathering, police descended to break up the vigil, grabbing those present and arresting some. Their actions were widely criticised as “neither appropriate nor proportionate”. After initially being rumoured to abstain, Labour announced it would vote against the bill as it returns to the House of Commons,…

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While women protest around the world, it’s tragic that we still have to shout loudly that trans women are women

On International Women’s Day, women around the world have taken part in mass strikes, or have joined protests, while sending solidarity to all women who aren’t able to strike, or whose jobs are too precarious to take time off. In India, thousands of women farmers protested against neo-liberal farm bills and the Modi government, while in El Salvador women marched against femicide. In Rome, women demonstrated for income, rights and dignity, while sending solidarity to teachers and all the women who weren’t able to join them. In the UK, the Women’s Strike Assembly organised memorials in six cities, while women participated in a digital memorial online, to “mourn…

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