Police get more powers to tackle protests in UK

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Police get more powers to tackle protests in UK

New laws giving UK police tougher powers to tackle protests have come into effect, sparking criticism from some who say they threaten the right to free speech.

The laws, which were passed by Parliament in April, include measures to make it easier for police to move static protests, to ban protests that cause “serious disruption” to major transport projects, and to criminalize the use of “locking on” tactics, where protesters attach themselves to objects or other people.

The government has said the new laws are necessary to protect the public from disruption caused by “selfish” protesters. However, critics have argued that the laws are too broad and could be used to stifle legitimate protest.

One of the most controversial aspects of the new laws is the ban on “locking on” tactics. This tactic has been used by environmental groups such as Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil to protest against climate change. Critics of the ban say it will make it more difficult for people to protest peacefully.

The new laws have also been criticized by human rights groups. Amnesty International said the laws “threaten the right to protest in the UK” and could be used to “silence dissent”.

It remains to be seen how the new laws will be used in practice. However, the government’s decision to introduce them has sparked a debate about the balance between the right to protest and the need to protect the public from disruption.

Police get more powers to tackle protests in UK

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