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.
Wendy Turner commented
Kettling is an appalling practice, its purpose only to prevent lawful protest and antagonise a crowd into more extreme reactions. The many are punished in advance of the actions of the few. It also contravenes the laws of the land, it is unlawful detention.
Juliette Grassby-Lewis commented
I find this tactic provocative, punishing & bullying. It creates deep distrust & disrespect between both sides.
Rosalind Scott commented
I too believe that kettling is a dreadful over reaction to protest and almost guaranteed to cause panic and fear which can turn to violence.
TY Loraine. I believe its a tactic used to deliberatly provoke a crowd into violence. Disgusting.
Rolo Tamasi commented
I’m strongly against it and what goes with it. Big problem though is that it works as a way to prevent violence and damage spreading. How do we give them an alternative?
Loraine Hardy commented
It was closer to 8 hours that they were kettled because they were surrounded from about 1pm. Kettling is barbaric and just causes people to become traumtised, upset, frustrated and is dangerous. I am against it 100%