TODAY IN MANCHSTER PEOPLE PROTESTED AGAINST THE NEW POLICE BILL. This bill means the police will have even more power to do as they please. Police will have the power to stop people protesting, or talking to loudly, to stop you in the street without any reason, criminalise the Gypsy, Roma and traveller communities, Give more power to perpetrators, grant immigration officers the powers to spy on migrants and allow police to coerce immigrants to leave the UK before they have been given specialist immigration advice.
The Bill gives the police the power to criminalise protests for being “noisy”, disruptive or “annoying”. This must go.
The Bill uses ‘protecting’ women as a cover to expand police powers and increase custodial sentences. These measures are not sufficient to prevent violence, and are troubling considering police officers’ implication in cases of violence against women. This must go.
The Bill expands stop and search powers, which are already regularly used to harass and terrorise young black people. This must go.
The Bill will silence the calls for justice by families of those whose loved ones have died at the hands of the police. This must go.
The Bill makes those at the sharpest edge of state violence even more unsafe – including migrants, sex workers, Disabled people, and racialised communities.
We must Kill this Bill.
The Government’s current majority means that the Bill may pass through the halls of Parliament. That does not mean it will pass through the streets.
Just as many before us – in history as recent as the anti Poll Tax movement – we know that victories are won in the streets, in our communities and workplaces. People power has already got this Bill delayed. It can also stop it being enforced.
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