Ban "kettling". It is a clear infringement of a democratic right. Call it: Don't Put the Kettle On.
Kettling, also known as containment or corralling is a police tactic for the management of large crowds during demonstrations or protests. It involves the formation of large cordons of police officers who then move to contain a crowd within a limited area. On the 24th November 2010, this tactic was used against children who were protesting against education cuts. The children were detained, many for over 6hrs in near freezing temperatures with no food, water or toilet facilities and no access to information about when they would be released. Many children were terrified; all were cold. If the British Police Force cannot distinguish between frightened children and violent activists then they should not be trusted with the power to employ such tactics as Kettling.
In view of the disproprtionate kettling and arrest of anti-fascist demonstrators at the recent EDl gathering, this campaign is more relevant than ever.
Science does not support Kettling. The police should listen to scientists and chance policy according to studies that have been done. We'd see less trouble during peaceful protests, that is for sure.
Initially, I supported a couple of the 38 degrees campaigns having a good knowledge of the context and arguments. However, I started see campaigns that used sweeping statements and heavily journalist language. I wanted to support some of those campaigns but not through a lobbyist that lent itself to such stigma. I then began to question how exactly their campaigns came into being. I made several attempts to contact them about how this process worked but received no form of reply. Through looking at articles about 38 degrees, it turns out the campaign ideas have to be approved by the 38 degrees panel. They have exploited this power, largely for their own agenda where they approved campaigns with multiple times less votes than campaigns they haven't approved. There is also a woeful lack of transparency in where 38 degrees receives its funding.
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It appears our rights as democratic people are slowly being eroded; our right of freedom to protest, our right to have our voices heard over the future of the NHS, and our right to be able to eat a pasty hot and not have to wait for it to go cold...what next?
not sure about this proposal. i think we get the society we deserve. people should behave themselves properly. what we need is a naughty step. instead of kettling put them on the naughty step for 20 mins
Stop smashing central london up and there will be no need for kettling.
Kettling serves many purposes;
It instantly draws media attention to the scene.
It requires less police resources than other methods of crowd supervision.
Denied food, water and adequate toilet facilities peaceful groups inevitably will become angry and frustrated eventually their protest will become simply a large group of people that wish to leave the 'kettle'. This will lead to confrontation and eventually violence. This serves to justify the police tactic they having contained violent protesters to protect 'society'.
The prospect of being 'Kettled' will potentially deter some protesters from taking part in future peaceful demonstrations.
Also and perhaps most importantly it helps to invalidate the cause of the protesters who have now become an 'angry mob'
The media's attention will be drawn away from the issue that invoked the protest as it will concentrate or the 'more news worthy' story of large scale civil unrest, the actions of the crowd and 'superficially' the police will be scrutinised and no doubt be discussed on daytime TV and eventually will fuel demands (who from?) for more, stronger and increasingly draconian police powers.
R Carter commented
I thought that the E.U court of human rights had already ruled that it was an illegal form of collective punishment, as if that would stop the British police.
2012 is make or break year lets go for it.
Adam Ragg commented
Anybody with two braincells to rub together should be able to realise that kettles boil over if you apply too much pressure. The Met need to stop going out looking to make examples of people and start acting like public servants. Protect and Fucking Serve.
Colin Epton commented
People have a right to peaceful protest. Kettling is an infringement of that right. It doesn't work either, the police claim that they do it to prevent demonstrations turning violent, but bottling people up for hours on end and not allowing them to leave causes tremendous frustration, which can easily lead to violence.
but we have to put the kettle on the nation loves tea!
Red Davie commented
My father once told me a story he had heard from a man at a bar during his student days. This man had once worked as a police instructor, turning cadets into coppers. And one day he asked his class, "What is the primary purpose of a police officer?" and one of the cadets said, "To protect the British way of life". The instructor corrected him saying, "No, to uphold the law". The cadet probably ended up police commisioner while the instructor most likely died an idealistic, penniless tramp.
The moral of this story? I haven't a fucking clue
yes banning ketteling should be done because you cant rely on police to do anything probably there will always be abuse were power is given.
Just look at that poor newspaper seller just wanting to get home but was repeatedly ketteled back then struck to the ground by someone one given power over others its cases like the tomlinson case that brings out the worse in people who are given power over others
The police are out of control. They should be here to protect us not business.
Kettling is an affront to human dignity and human rights. Time to put this practice to an end, methinks.
Anne McCrossan commented
Kettling is a deeply anti-social practice, an abuse of power and also a severe curtailment of freedom of expression and human rights. It has no place in a democratic civil society.
Ray Thomas commented
Kettling is clearly against human rights and does not do what it claims to do. the claimed purpose is to enclose violent protesters so that they tire themselves out, in practice all it serves to do is enclose violent protesters with peaceful protesters making the violent more violent and angering the peaceful turning them violent.
Peter Dempsey commented
Jordan Maughan commented
Nevermind in our 'democracy'. This is an infringement of our basic right to speak - wherever we are. We must unite against tyrants, in this dire hour.
Feel you need more evidence? - Watch: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2011/mar/21/g20-protest-police-tactics
Juan Carlos Pinedo commented
I know better, I do better. I learned today about kettling. English is not my first language, but Human Rights are universal, and I want to ban "kettling". Enough is enough.