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Protest policing review – our response

Protest Justice has challenged the recent review regarding operational policing of public order and protest. We believe that the National Police Chiefs Council and College of Policing guidance document does not correspond with the experience of protest policing on the ground from multiple police forces. The guidance appears to be at odds with the embedded … Continued

Arrestee Support – supporting those on the frontline

In this series, we explore a range of support roles people engage in to help people on the “frontline” of protest.  Take a look at this invaluable support role, it’s a role often not spoken about; one which takes compassion and empathy. This account, written by a fabulous individual, who gave dedicated, wonderful and warm … Continued

Incidents reported – what the data says

DATA ANALYSIS – INCIDENT REPORTS SUBMITTED DECEMBER 2018 – APRIL 2019 INTRODUCTION Protest Justice was launched in December 2018 in response to anti-fracking protesters facing aggression from a variety of sources such as the police, private security and third-party suppliers, on a daily basis.  The impact on the wellbeing of those protesters, and the people … Continued

Can protesting be good for you?

We are delighted to welcome Sara Vestergren as our guest blogger in the People’s Voice this month. Sara is a Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Salford, her research lies within the social identity tradition with a focus and interest in crowds and collective action. If you have any queries or want more information … Continued

The story behind the Red Line

The Protest Justice logo proudly depicts a group of people entwined with a red ribbon, or red line. The red line is familiar to the anti-fracking community and carries a particularly special meaning, and a personal connection, to those of us who protested against fracking in North Yorkshire. It inspired us on so many levels … Continued

Poem – “The Red Line”

The Red Line Do you know how it feels to toe the red line?Protesting against Ecocide, the absolute crimeWhen it’s down to our generation to shift the paradigm When the arrow of time turns anti clockwiseA century from now it will come as no surpriseBut right here, we’ve been dealt this pack of lies I … Continued

Talking to the Cops – A Guide for Protest Groups

Acknowledging a renewed debate about the merits and risks for protesters negotiating or communicating with the police, one of the co-founders of environmental group Extinction Rebellion claimed in February that concerns raised by other campaigners were “a proxy for the justification of violence”. He added that “as soon as you don’t talk to police, you’re more likely to provoke police violence. We try to charm the police so they’ll arrest people in a civilized way”.