Katy Clark, Labour MP for North Ayrshire and Arran, has tabled an Early Day Motion calling for a ban on the use of ‘kettling’ by police as a way of managing crowds at protests or demonstrations.
Public condescension for the technique has become much more vocal in recent months since the use of the technique at student fees demonstrations last year, with cases such as Alfie Meadows bringing the harsh brutality of a kettle to the public’s attention.
The EDM has received support from 24 MPs so far, including Green party leader and Caroline Lucas.
The text of the motion reads:
That this House is concerned about the use of kettling as a police tactic against demonstrators in the United Kingdom; expresses serious concern that in recent demonstrations individuals, including minors, have been indiscriminately kettled by police for up to nine hours without food, appropriate facilities or access to medical assistance for those who require it and have been refused the right to leave; notes that a number of individuals have suffered very serious injuries, such as bleeding to the brain, as a result of police action during recent kettles; believes this kettling to be an infringement of the fundamental right to peaceful protest; and calls on the Government to take steps to stop this practice.
Right to Resist, backed by activists in the student movement and the trade unions, has also come out in support for the motion and is calling on the general public to help make it a success.
To help, you can contact your local MP and ask them to support EDM 1257 (the official name of the petition) by using theyworkforyou.com.