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Ban "kettling". It is a clear infringement of a democratic right. Call it: Don't Put the Kettle On.

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      • George Millman commented  · 

        Kettling provokes violence, it doesn't prevent it.

      • Democracy is coming to the UK commented  · 

        Sukey – a new online tool to help protesters evade kettles.

        Sukey a new website and mobile phone application that will use the wisdom of the crowds to help keep peaceful protesters safe.

        It is both a website and an application for mobile phones. By encouraging people to share their experiences on the ground, it gives people taking part all the information they need to make informed decisions while letting the world know what is really happening rather than a selective vision determined by the news agendas of traditional media outlets.

        It will combine information from traditional news sources with eye witness reports from the street, handing it straight back to the crowds so that they will know what is going on around them live as it happens.

        Find out more at: http://sukey.org
        (Based on Tim Hardy article at http://liberalconspiracy.org/2011/01/28/introducing-sukey-a-new-online-tool-to-help-protesters-evade-kettles/)

      • richardindeed commented  · 

        I think the kettling ban, or the refusal to be kettled, could be an important step on the way to "regime change."

      • Gordon Craig commented  · 

        Should we consolidate our votes to make them count and pick a campaign that best suits the "No Confidence/ General election vote?" I personally feel no confidence says it all and should then lead to a general election.

      • Gordon Craig commented  · 

        Should we consolidate our votes to make them count and pick a campaign that best suits the "No Confidence/ General election vote?" I personally feel no confidence says it all and should then lead to a general election.

      • richardindeed commented  · 

        What happened? I did a comment that listed several organisations who have spoken out against kettling, but my comment first appeared and then was removed. Can you please explain this 38 Degrees?

        I'll try again. Here are some groups with experience of being kettled, who have a view, and who others anti-kettlers may wish to know more about. I don't see why that should be removed from the comments.

        Coalition of Resistance is a broad united national campaign against cuts and privatisation in our workplaces, community and welfare services, based on general agreement with the Founding Statement issued by Tony Benn in August 2010. http://www.coalitionofresistance.org.uk/

        Save EMA - school age people as well as students campaigning to save this allowance, with the result that they get kettled.
        Million Voices (To save public services) Expecting to be kettled on 26th March London demonstration.
        UKUNCUT say that at the same time as making massive cuts to public services, this government is letting rich individuals and corporations avoid billions of pounds of tax. They suggest thgat you join UK Uncut’s Big Society Revenue & Customs (BSRC) and become part of an army of citizen volunteers determined to make wealthy tax avoiders pay. Lots of experience of being kettled (and avoiding being kettled.)

      • Terry Kelly commented  · 

        CS Gas, Kettling, under cover police spies, Cavalry Charges, beatings of students etc. etc. A famous guy answered when asked this question "what do you think of western democracy?" he said "I think it would be a great idea" (Mahatma Gandhi)

      • richardindeed commented  · 

        If you were on the riverbank and you saw a banker drowning, would you photograph him in black and white or in colour?

      • richardindeed commented  · 

        As a follow-up to the comment from "aintnobodygonnastopme" below, the Early Day Motion 1257 on “Kettling” which is being raised in the House of Commons by Katy Clark MP has the following 'open'signatures on it. If your MP hasn't signed it, why not? They work for you. Write to them and get them to support it, at
        List of signatories:
        Clark, Katy
        McDonnell, John
        Lucas, Caroline
        Hopkins, Kelvin
        Nandy, Lisa
        Riordan, Linda
        Durkan, Mark
        Ritchie, Margaret
        Sanders, Adrian
        Skinner, Dennis
        Meale, Alan
        Campbell, Ronnie
        Caton, Martin
        Corbyn, Jeremy
        Dobbin, Jim
        Flynn, Paul
        Rotheram, Steve
        Lavery, Ian
        Edwards, Jonathan
        Brooke, Annette
        Hancock, Mike
        Hoey, Kate
        Leech, John
        Glindon, Mary
        Huppert, Julian
        Singh, Marsha
        Dobson, Frank
        Kaufman, Gerald

      • Aye-Oh-Aye-Oh-Aye-Oh-Aye-Ohhhh commented  · 

        Yes, it would be only fair if the Metropolitan police showed a little solidarity with the Egyptian cops and went to join them. Might be tricky though as the Cairo police have now stopped hitting and kettling their own people - and have run away. They were only doing it for Mubarak (and pay.)

      • jacobsladder commented  · 

        As the police are definitely being outwitted by the students at the moment, I offer the suggestion that ACPO could send a shipload of officers out to Cairo, where they could practice their kettling on the million protestors there. I wish them well.

      • aintnobodygonnastopme commented  · 

        Get your MP to sign the Early Day Motion 1257 on “Kettling” which is being raised in the House of Commons.

        “That this House is concerned about the use of kettling as a police tactic against demonstrators in the United Kingdom; expresses serious concern that in recent demonstrations individuals, including minors, have been indiscriminately kettled by police for up to nine hours without food, appropriate facilities or access to medical assistance for those who require it and have been refused the right to leave; notes that a number of individuals have suffered very serious injuries, such as bleeding to the brain, as a result of police action during recent kettles; believes this kettling to be an infringement of the fundamental right to peaceful protest; and calls on the Government to take steps to stop this practice.”

        Easiest way is to use http://www.theyworkforyou.com/ to write to your MP.

        Taken from: http://www.coalitionofresistance.org.uk/2011/01/get-your-mp-to-sign-edm-1257-on-kettling/

      • lenosfootsbetter commented  · 

        Someone below is asking for "strict and clear guidelines" for when kettling could be used. It doesn't matter what any set of "guidelines" say, if the police feel they can do what they want, irrespective of guidelines or democratic norms, and they do. A pretty good alternative guideline is that if you get thousands of people on the street, protesting about the introduction of policies for which there is absolutely no mandate at a general election, it may be a good idea, not to kettle them, but to listen to them. (This assumes, of course, that you are a democrat.)

      • UK Unkettled commented  · 

        Newsflash: Egyptian police have decided, errrr, not to kettle protestors, even though there might be a slight breach of the peace. A principled approach I am sure.

      • holding back the river commented  · 

        How can ACPO be a private limited company (whose duty is to make a profit) when it receives large amounts of taxpayers'money?? (And, runs these expensive, and rather feral, undercover cops.)

      • smokedapplewood commented  · 

        CONGRATULATIONS to the EMA/Fees students on Friday 29 Jan who avoided being kettled by being faster, sharper, more quick on their feet and cleverer than the police. (Not actually that difficult in some circumstances.) Kettling CAN be avoided, if protestors want that enough.

        SYMPATHY to the protestors in Oxford Street who had to be taken to hospital for treatment after police used CS spray on them when they were peacefully protesting. CS spray???? What next? (Could this use of CS spray be considered "anti-social behaviour? I think it could. Whoever sprayed it should be detained, and perhaps given a Control Order.)

        WARNING: Last week, Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Police Officers, (a PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANY by the way, with property interests, but receiving taxpayers' money) said that police "could adopt more extreme tactics to counter the growing wave of protests (and hinted UKUncut demonstrations could face criminal and civil charges.") Nice to know you are displaying that profound understanding and empathy, Sir Hugh. What kind of school did you go to?

      • ratzinger commented  · 

        Watch out for the new legislation from Theresa May. This is presented as a streamlined approach to ASBOs, one which is quicker and cheaper to implement, described as "a toolkit of measures." Thanks Theresa. But, we all know that legislation, supposedly for one purpose,eg on "terrorists" gets used for an entirely different purpose. (They're not daft, are they? Ruthless maybe,cunning maybe, heartless maybe, but not daft. Or perhaps this is just the civil servants doing it for them, so maybe they are daft.)

        Kettling is not working, and more and more people are beginning to see it for what it is.So, this legislation contains proposals for " a direction to leave" which will see any individual "causing or likely to cause crime" directed away from a particular place and "related items" confiscated.

        It's been mentioned before in the comments, but any definition of "anti-social behaviiour" is clearly much more applicable to police behaviour (and especially the TSG), than it is to those exercising freedom of speech. But we are not likely to see it used against those who are directing mounted police charges against children, or simply cracking heads with their shields and their batons..

        If the legislation is passed, it provides the opportunity to "direct an individual , causing or likely to cause crime [a kettler with a bad attitude???] away from a particular place and to confiscate "related items" [batons, shields, big horses???]. No, only they can do it, not you.

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