Stop the privatisation of protest

To Metropolitan Police, Home Office and local authorities:

We call on the Police Service to support British citizens' right to democratic expression, and end the privatisation of protest by making resources available to manage public safety and road closures at the climate change march and all future demonstrations.
 
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Our police have just told a group of climate change campaigners they must hire a private security firm to run their massive demonstration next month -- at a cost of thousands of pounds!

Allowing people to protest is a key pillar of our democracy -- we pay our taxes so the police can ensure public safety. But now several groups are being told to pay for private firms to steward the marches instead!

Austerity is changing our very right to protest -- let’s come together to act now and stop this dangerous precedent.

The police know they are on shaky ground and a huge public outcry could force the authorities to drop this new policy. Click below to join -- when 50,000 of us sign in 48 hours time we’ll get a coalition of campaign groups to deliver the petition directly to New Scotland Yard and Minister of State for Policing, Mike Penning and demand the right to protest is protected not privatised!

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