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.
I think this is an issue that deserves wider consideration by the public. UK Uncut have done a great job in drawing attention to corporate tax avoidance in a peaceful and creative way. They should not be charged with aggravated trespass in this case because there are very real questions about how the incident was handled, which means the charges are tainted.
Like it was said before, terrible spin and propagander on behalf of the police and the government.
Katharine Jones commented
Peaceful protest, non-violent direct action, has an honourable tradition in Britain. Uncut are raising legitimate concerns and grievances - why should corporations and oligarchs use loopholes not available to the rest of us to avoid paying their taxes... and thereby costing us all dear, in loss of services and jobs. There is a world of difference between the Uncut action and violent wrecking behaviour and hooliganism.
Kerry Baugh commented
when we start arresting people for peaceful occupations we know our country is heading in the wrong direction. it is clear these people were only arrested to bump up the number that were arrested at the protest. they were lied to and targeted unfairly. drop the charges.
alex cummings commented
yeah, awful propaganda and lies - making out non-violent protest is violent.
alex cummings commented
You have all my support i make sure i spread the word thanks guys
Jenni Cluskey commented
How can you justify 138 charges against peaceful UK Uncut members and only 11 charges against members of the "Black Bloc" et al who were causing all the damage outside? I watched the footage live and saw not one police man stopping anyone causing damage outside, what I saw was the kettling of the people coming out of Fortnum & Masons.
There is evidence against the Chief Inspector that she had lied to the peaceful protesters and led them to their false arrest. On previous protests (9th of December) she lied on the BBC news to worried parents at home watching the heavily choreographed chaos in Parliament square, saying that peaceful protests could exit peacefully via Whitehall where all the violence was happening, potentially putting peaceful protesters in danger. This woman should be sacked, she's a disgrace.
Tactics in communication like this make a mockery of the law system, opening up a huge gaping hole in trust between people, the police, the government and the media. Truth and trust go hand in hand and the people are already suspicious of the authorities’ integrity, if we go on this way, the world slips into chaos.
Drew Copland commented
Peaceful protest is vital now more than ever. The mainstream media's attempts to smear these people with accusations of violence is shameful. Where are you NUJ?
Michael Austin commented
let your MP know how you feel: www.writetothem.com
Tim Bowers commented
this wasn't the polices fault, decisions would have come from high up on the political chain. they need to be stopped.
Stu Prince commented
if anybody knew UK Uncut they will know they are a peaceful organisation.
Deborah Bennett commented
I find it utterly hypocritical that you are prosecuting people for executing their democratic rights, those which you advocate so strongly for those is Egypt and Libya and cite so freely when referring to Rosa Parkes, Dr King and The Suffragettes. Disgraceful! Drop the charges!
Andrew Rainey commented
Drop 'em! This was peaceful
We as a people need to protect our right to peaceful protest. What UK uncut are doing is vital for our "democracy". The UK uncut protestors were without doubt political prisoners.
Maria Spadafora commented
Political pawns, most certainly
Patrick O'Neill commented
Drop the illegitimate charges! Drop the illegitimate government!
The police couldn't control those who decided to smash windows etc so they went for the easy target.
What the coalition is doing is far more destructive than a few panes of broken glass it's disgusting.
The media need to report to the public why we are doing this!
Shen Brandt commented
Peaceful protest is a fundamental right in a democracy.
Susanne Adler commented
no to politically motivated policing!
Amy Kenyon commented
This is hugely important for all of us if we hope defend our democratic right to protest. All good wishes to UK Uncut!