Protest rights

Liberty responds to Commons vote on noise-based protest restrictions

Posted on 29 Mar 2022

On Monday 28 March, the Government won a vote in the House of Commons to put its plan to shut down noisy protests and criminalise people present back into the Policing Bill.

Responding to the vote, Sam Grant, Head of Policy and Campaigns said:

“Protest is not a gift from the State – it’s a fundamental right. Yet, once again, MPs have voted to criminalise ‘noisy’ protests – literally silencing those trying to make their voices heard – in spite of widespread public opposition.

The House of Lords will have the opportunity to once again send a message to the Government that this clampdown on protest will not be tolerated and is an assault on our rights. It’s crucial that Peers continue to take a principled stand against these measures.

In the face of a Government determined to make itself untouchable, Liberty will continue to stand up for the right to protest.”



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