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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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    JanyaJanya shared a merged idea: Stop the police use of 'Kettling' tactics during protests and demonstrations.  ·   · 

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      • Polly's Put the kettle OnPolly's Put the kettle On commented  · 

        Current police behaviour and tactics run completely against the evidence and solid reasoning in the report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary - Adapting to Protest. Current police tactics are based on a wholly discredited and outdated understanding of the "psychology of crowds." There is clear evidence that kettling, far from preventing violence, actually provokes and then exacerbates it. It creates violence where none previously existed. Anyone who provokes violence needs to be answerable for their actions.

      • IainIain commented  · 

        If the Police want to stop violent protesters then by all means shoot them! Don't stop me from lawful, peaceful protest by surrounding me with underpaid, under trained children with blunt weapons and stinging spays.

      • GuyGuy commented  · 

        Ban kettling

      • holding back the riverholding back the river commented  · 

        Laura, if you'd like to know more about this, you can look back through the comments below, especially the very early ones. Kettling is confining people, who are not breaking the law, in a way that they would be treated, if they were breaking the law. It is is false imprisonment and it is designed to deter protest. It is contrary to the European Human Rights Act, but still used here.It has resulted in schoolchildren being deprived of their liberty (not to mention the toilet) for up to 8 hours. Please vote to ban kettling.

      • GildedCageGildedCage commented  · 

        It's a ridiculous tactic and may not be like using fire hoses and police dogs but the effect is the same; it is designed to frighten and intimidate people into not ever protesting again. Calling it right now.

      • elpidaelpida commented  · 

        Government is elected to serve the people, they are not so doing, rather, they are lining their own pockets and those of the richest with our money. We must therefore, protest until they govern for the benefit of the majority who put them in parliament, otherwise we must seek to remove them as any employer would in this scenario

      • Sam JohnsonSam Johnson commented  · 

        Kettling is an infringement on human rights. It is wrong, violent and does not have a place in today's democracy.

      • Sam JohnsonSam Johnson commented  · 

        Kettling is an infringement on human rights. It is wrong, violent and does not have a place in today's democracy.

      • Sam JohnsonSam Johnson commented  · 

        Kettling is an infringement on human rights. It is wrong, violent and does not have a place in today's democracy.

      • Sam JohnsonSam Johnson commented  · 

        Kettling is an infringement on human rights. It is wrong, violent and does not have a place in today's democracy.

      • Sam JohnsonSam Johnson commented  · 

        Kettling is an infringement on human rights. It is wrong, violent and does not have a place in today's democracy.

      • elpidaelpida commented  · 

        Right to protest is our fundamental human right. In the words of William Hague, "The people have a legitimate grievances, economical grievance and, political grievance .....its important for the authorities to respond positively to that and to be able to hold out the hope and prospect of reform in the future THAT is the answer to these situations rather than repression..it does not help to suppress peoples right to freedom of expression ...suppressing freedom of expression will not, in any case, resolve problems on any long term basis ...."

      • KarlosMacroniusKarlosMacronius commented  · 

        kettling makes peaceful protesters panic, when they panic they do silly things, the police respond to these things with more violence. it is a completely counter-productive cycle of aggression. ban it and start policing these things properly instead of taking the lazy way out.

      • Nicola GattNicola Gatt commented  · 

        Massive Heath and safety issues here as well as being an infringement in our rights to protest. It also increases the possibility of violence.

      • Michael BaterMichael Bater commented  · 

        It's not only a infringement of Democratic & human rights, but also a health & safety issue.

      • Sabine StorkSabine Stork commented  · 

        Kettling at the very least undermines the right to protest - as such erodes democracy - we have to ban it

      • David BovillDavid Bovill commented  · 

        Kettling is an incitement to violence, that increases the risk of violent confrontation between the police and the public. It permanently alienates hundreds of innocent people caught up in a trap alongside a handful of trouble makers, radicalising them. It should never be used in defence of property.

      • Jose AguiarJose Aguiar commented  · 

        Right to protest is a fundamental right

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