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Petition calling for the dropping of charges of aggravated tresspass against Ukuncut members

On March 26th 138 UKuncut activists were charged with aggravated tresspass after staging an entirely peaceful protest in Fortnum & Mason. At the very least this has huge significance for the future of peaceful direct action and at it's worst is political policing. UKuncut has played a prominent role in bringing corporate tax avoidance into mainstream political debate and has embarressed the government as well as the powerful corporations they've targeted. The arrest of UKuncut members is an attempt to associate them with the "violence" that occured and to vilify the group in the minds of the general public, and in so doing destroy the movement. These were, as all UKuncut actions have been, entirely peaceful. Please, please give this campaign your support.

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      • Alex WAlex W commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A close friends young son was involved in this peaceful protest and is one those told in no uncertain terms by the police, to stay out of London for both the royal wedding and may day. I found this absolutely disgusting that someone on a peaceful deomnstration, commiting no crime, can be arrested in such a dishonorable, politically motivated police action, be charged with a spurious offence, locked up and subsequently banned from the city except to return for trial. It's a slippery slope for freedom if these charges aren't dropped.

      • Helen CassidyHelen Cassidy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        To be held, charged and brought to trial for staging a peaceful protest is disgraceful behaviour from the police and all the people who have supported their heavy-handed tactics. That people have come to expect this is deeply troubling - but it's not over yet - keep fighting!

      • laura sothernlaura sothern commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Whilst there is severe inequality and injustice in the world there will always be protest to oppose it. whether it be legal or illegal, it is our right in a democratic society to do so.

      • Linda NicklinLinda Nicklin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The arrests were blatantly unfair and orchestrated by the rich and powerful. They showed their disregard for the people of UK and the rule of law. it is time we stood up against them and took back the power

      • VV commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This country used to be proud of its heritage with regards to civil liberties - its increasingly becoming an over-controlled state-manipulated country, and certainly the recent events are absolutely shameful. Bearing in mind this entire ongoing public reaction was caused by extremely dubious government tax strategies and spending cuts, the state / police reaction to the UKuncut protest is an absolute affront to the human rights and civil liberties of every citizen in this country.

      • ianian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My son. a twenty year old black youth has been stopped repeatedly,arrested and held in cells overnight twice, never ben charged with any offence,have a taste of the police state.

      • Andrew SmithAndrew Smith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like to join with you FW's & comrades in Solidarity,to greet you the UKuncut activists and commend you for your courage and strength in protesting the injusticies made against the working classes by the capitalist business class.
        The treatment you have received is unjust and cannot be justified as it violates basic democratic rights to protest.

        Wishing you all strength and victory in your struggle

      • Gareth NelsonGareth Nelson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        They "occupied" private property, stealing goods and keeping business away and you all want them to get away with it just because they weren't violent?

        If someone came into your house and stole things from you, would you be just fine with it so long as they didn't assault you too?

        Morons

      • SteveSteve commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Seen the video know the story. Get the IPCC involved, blatantly poor policing. After all the media coverage about policing protests how do they come out and do this? Honestly, this was a blunder that should get more scrutiny.

      • Cliff ShardalowCliff Shardalow commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Its back to the policing of the miners strike. Best way to deal with it is to escalate - a bigger just as peaceful sit in somewhere else. And if they lock people up again - go for an injunction and a next day sit in at/outside the Old Bailey.????

      • Cliff ShardalowCliff Shardalow commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Its back to the policing of the miners strike. Best way to deal with it is to escalate - a bigger just as peaceful sit in somewhere else. And if they lock people up again - go for an injunction and a next day sit in at/outside the Old Bailey.????

      • Cliff ShardalowCliff Shardalow commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Its back to the policing of the miners strike. Best way to deal with it is to escalate - a bigger just as peaceful sit in somewhere else. And if they lock people up again - go for an injunction and a next day sit in at/outside the Old Bailey.????

      • Cliff ShardalowCliff Shardalow commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Its back to the policing of the miners strike. Best way to deal with it is to escalate - a bigger just as peaceful sit in somewhere else. And if they lock people up again - go for an injunction and a next day sit in at/outside the Old Bailey.????

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