Police in England ‘using Covid lockdown rules to halt any protests’ | Protest | The Guardian

Police officers are using coronavirus regulations to break up socially distanced demonstrations even though the country’s largest police force has conceded in a landmark legal case that people have a right to protest during the current national lockdown.

The Metropolitan police admitted in the high court on Friday that it had discretion on how to respond to protests and it could not impose a blanket ban on demonstrations, after the force was challenged by the organisers of the planned vigil to remember Sarah Everard in south London.

As anger mounts over the police’s failure to find a way to hold the vigil safely and concerns grow about the government’s proposed permanent restrictions on the right to protest, other campaigners have come forward to reveal how the police have been using these wide-ranging emergency powers to clamp down on all forms of protests since January.

Source: Police in England ‘using Covid lockdown rules to halt any protests’ | Protest | The Guardian