Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Taking a pot shot at kettles

Katy Clark MP, socialist and UNISON member has tabled Early Day Motion (EDM) 1257 to enable MPs to express opposition to the pernicious practice of "kettling" as practised by the Metropolitan Police on peaceful student protestors (http://www.edms.org.uk/edms/2010-2011/1257.htm).

The text of the EDM is as follows;

"That this House is concerned about the use of kettling as a police tactic against demonstrators in the United Kingdom; expresses serious concern that in recent demonstrations individuals, including minors, have been indiscriminately kettled by police for up to nine hours without food, appropriate facilities or access to medical assistance for those who require it and have been refused the right to leave; notes that a number of individuals have suffered very serious injuries, such as bleeding to the brain, as a result of police action during recent kettles; believes this kettling to be an infringement of the fundamental right to peaceful protest; and calls on the Government to take steps to stop this practice."

Since "kettling" is clearly a deliberate attempt to discourage protest (and/or to ensure excessive stewarding of official demonstrations in order to contain our anger), it is important that trade unionists call upon MPs to sign up to this important EDM. You can do this online in just a few minutes (http://www.writetothem.com/).

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