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.
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.
Sam Leonarda commented
Kettling has no place in a democratic country.
Rev. Andrew Pakula commented
Kettling is punishment of protesters. It clearly and unjustifiably abridges the right to free speech.
Excellent post by Dave H below. I couldn't agree more. Kettling has an entirely different purpose than to enforce the law. The arguments to sustain it are threadbare and increasingly indefensible.
Dave H commented
Detention without due legal process is "arbitrary detention" -- a tool most often used by repressive regimes to silence, punish or intimidate the opponents of the state. It undermines the most fundamental civil liberties and human rights, and has no place in a democratic society.
Police have, and have always had, the power of arrest. They have always had this option to apprehend lawbreakers, in-line with correct legal process. They have no 'need' to use the arbitrary-detention/false-imprisonment technique of 'kettling' to enforce the law -- their power of arrest is more than sufficient.
But 'kettling' is not used to enforce the law, despite the claims of its proponents. It is used to discourage dissent, to punish the act of protest, and to distract from the police force's inadequacies in enforcing the law fairly.
The widespread use of 'kettling' is a huge step backwards in a civilised society.
derek amory commented
kettling is establishment intimidation taqctic to deter political demonstrations against the existing order. simple really
Proven to be a pointless tactic time and time again, and holding people against their will and without charge is actually a crime; our police committing crime is not a good thing (end sarcasm).
Kettling unnecessary in a society committed to democracy and freedom of speech.
Kettling is pointless - use it on an angry mob and inflame them further; use it on a carefree group and watch them become an angry mob - and abusive. In particular it should never be used as punishment for attending a demonstration as it seemed to be on the student protests last year.
Kettling is inhuman and against human rights. My sweet sweet niece was kettled tightly in the London Protest for hours without access to basics of the toilet, water or the ability to rest. Police horses running towards her without reason. Who the hell do the police think they are to do this to good citizens who have a legal right to protest.
Jane Phillips commented
Ban the kettles!!
steve mullins commented
Following the G20 ruling, it has to go
Nando Sigona commented
I fully support the 'don't put the kettle on' campaign.
Tim Martin commented
Seems like kettling is generly used on the people who least deserve it ....
Ban it, a kettle has to vent steam or problems will happen.
Steve Lawless commented
Time the police were made to uphold the law, not break it, on demonstrations.
John Wadsworth commented
Deliberately designed to create an explosive situation. Should be banned.
Joseph Cronshaw commented
It's false imprisonment. Clear and simple.