23 November 2017
New report denounces "confrontational and violent" policing of anti-fracking protests
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The report, 'Protecting the Planet is Not A Crime', looks at the policing of anti-fracking protests in Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Surrey, Sussex and Derbyshire and underlines a number of a trends:
Netpol is calling for "an urgent review of two year-old national policy on the policing of anti-fracking protests," the need for which the organisation says is "more pressing than ever" given what it has witnessed in the preparation of the report.
And: Kettling tea ladies: Hardline policing of fracking demos is out of control(politics.co.uk) by Keith Taylor MEP:
"Officers are increasingly employing aggressive and confrontational tactics in an attempt to neutralise the political impact of fracking protests, according to the latest report by the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol), which was published today. The human rights group warns that cumulatively these tactics are having a "chilling effect" on the freedom to protest itself.
But I don't need to take Netpol's word for it. I have witnessed these tactics up close and personal - only last month. It was during my visit to Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire to listen to protesters' concerns about the policing operation that I witnessed the shocking treatment of Jackie Brookes, the fracking site's 79-year-old 'tea lady'.
On arriving at the site, situated in a beautiful part of God's Own County, the first thing that struck me was the sheer scale of the policing operation. The number of boots on the ground was completely disproportionate to the criminal threat posed by a small group of peaceful local residents."
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