End dispersal powers that threaten the right to assembly
Merseyside Police imposed a dispersal order against anti-fur activists in Liverpool city centre – despite the fact that they were not even protesting at the time.
Dispersal powers used against housing activists occupying empty flats on the Aylesbury estate in Southwark, south London
Homelessness activists occupying a former bank in Liverpool arrested for failing to comply with a dispersal notice
Fifty one Bristol City fans in Birmingham are issued dispersal orders by West Midlands police and immediately escorted onto trains out of the city.
Four hunt sabs ordered by police to leave while monitoring a hunt in Suffolk. None had left their vehicle all day.
Peace campaigner Lindis Percy arrested and charged for failing to leave a protest site outside the American spy base at Menwith Hill
Discriminatory. anti-democratic, open to abuse and completely unaccountable.
Section 35 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 gives police officers new powers to force individuals to leave an area for up to 48 hours.
There is growing evidence that police are misusing these ‘dispersal’ powers against vulnerable and often socially excluded people: teenagers, sex workers. the homeless, particularly in areas with a large black population. Section 35 powers are also increasingly targeting people exercising their democratic right to freedom of protest. These powers are used with absolutely no public oversight.
Repeal Section 35 is organised by the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol).
Netpol campaigns against disproportionate or excessive policing that violates the right to freedom of assembly, providing expert analysis and support aimed at activists and the media. We also seek to inform policymakers about protest and public order issues and influence the way police respond to situations on the streets.
For more information on Netpol’s work visit netpol.org