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.
Chris Ovenden commented
These charges are clearly unjustifiable and intended to intimidate people engaged in peaceful protest.
Then again, if peaceful protesters can be jailed, what's our motivation to keep future protests peaceful?
Manishta Sunnia commented
So, what's worse a bunch of rich Bullington toffs trashing restaurants and private property in Oxford and get away with it OR peaceful activists staging a sit in to stand up for public services and make sure rich corporations pay their fair share taxes? Whilst UK Uncut has been proven successful > this Govt is put to shame hence resort to using the police in political attacks on those peaceful protesters.
John Mccallum commented
I can't believe how devious the police were - er, maybe I can.
This is just a prime example of free speech being dumbed down by sneaks that dont like to be exposed for the lying cheats of society they really are, well done uncut
Matthew Tonge commented
This is a direct and vicious attack to our civil liberties and right to peaceful protest. The police should be ashamed of themselves, the cuts will effect them as much as everyone else - They should have been joining in with the peaceful protest not making needless arrests.
Chris Priest commented
Solidarity from US Uncut Boston!
Daniel Bryant commented
A Joke !!! Plain And Simple Abuse Of Power ..... Jokers ...
Stewart Morton commented
This is unacceptable prosecution for a peaceful protest and a chance to undermine the actions of a very worthwhile demonstration
Chris Pigott commented
Non-violent protest should not be criminalised.
Bill Dishington commented
This is an outrage, especially the deception by the police. We must protect everyone's right to peaceful protest. Don't let the Con-Demolition get away with this political policing.
Gala Copping commented
morally unjustifiable. the right to peacefully protest? what right?
Leks Wyatt commented
Our citizens have the right to protest, even if that means planning a sit in on the poshest offie in london.
David Ghatei commented
It's a bloody disgrace.
Gary Hall commented
The charges are so outlandish as to be not worth debating. This is a blatant attempt at diversion and a veiled threat about public protest.
Carly Strang commented
Matthew Addison commented
Poor policing again
Janice Mayer commented
Will everybody be arrested for shopping in Fortnum's?
This is an affront to our civil liberties and right to peaceful protest.
Roy Douglas commented
It is so ridiculous that those who were peaceful now face criminal allegations (having been re-assured that they would not) whilst those who caused damage and mayhem seem to have, for the most part, avoided arrest. I am a solicitor and senior Lecturer in Law.
Chris Dunlop commented
You can always trust a copper.
Matthew Butcher commented
I was arrested and I certainly didn't deserve it!