The Met's XR protest ban is 'grossly disproportionate'

15 October 2019

Liberty, the human rights and civil Liberties organisation, has responded to news the Metropolitan Police has banned Extinction Rebellion protests in the entirety of London.

Liberty has a proud history of standing up for the right to protest and was founded in 1934 in response to police violence against Hunger March protestors.

Gracie Bradley, Liberty advocacy and policy manager, said:

“Banning Extinction Rebellion from protesting in London is a grossly disproportionate move by the Met, and an assault on the right to protest. Their heavy-handed use of this power sets a dangerous precedent. Freedom of expression and assembly are fundamental rights, protected by domestic and international law. The courts have made clear that a protest is not unlawful just because it’s disruptive.”