The last two years have seen an increasing assualt on our rights to protest as the Tory Government clamps down on dissent of just about any kind, and is trying to ciminalise almost every action.
They’ve introduced four new Laws which sit alongside or on top of Laws from previous Governments. The new Laws are:
– Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Act 2022 (PCSC)
– Public Order Act 2023 (POA)
– National Security Act 2023 (NSA – Law in July, many Sections in force from end October)
– Strikes (Minimum Service Level) Act 2023 (Law in July, service levels being negotiated)
Even the most hardened Legal Support activists will only know the key, or worst, Sections of these Laws – but it’s worthwhile everybody getting as clued up as they can. So a few local legal activists have sat down and compiled a list of links to the best legal guides, explainers, rights info, bustcards and legal activist websites; plus some basic ‘protest advice’ for you to consider when going on a protest/action.
They’re all gathered together in this pdf below: Legal info Protest advice_Dec23
Just click on the links in the guide, and read away!
And remember – Our Best Defence Is Our Collective Power!