As a constituent organisation of the Glasgow Against Atos Campaign Black Triangle will be taking this matter up with the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill and we will also be making a deputation to Glasgow City Council’s Police Board at the earliest opportunity.
We will not be intimidated and neither will we be cowed into silence!
FRIDAY, 22 FEBRUARY 2013
“There was a peaceful protest outside the bank when the cops just waded in and started attacking people. I saw someone knocked to the ground and others shoved against walls. It was totally disproportionate.”
- Join Glasgow Against ATOS campaign – Facebook; Glasgow Against ATOS
- Public protest should not be driven underground at a time of international political upheaval.
- On the contrary, maintaining proper structures to ensure that legitimate political protest can find a voice is a positive duty of Government.
- Maintaining the freedom to express dissent remains a powerful indicator of the political health of a nation.
- In the middle years of this decade the challenges facing all those engaged in the public expression of political opinion are immense. It is possible, however, to rise to, confront and often overcome such challenges.
- Knowing your rights and having a good understanding of the scope of laws aimed at curtailing protest and restricting the expression of political opinion, and in particular how they intersect with Convention rights, are powerful tools. This is especially so if you find yourself negotiating with the police when planning a protest, or with a local authority over permission to distribute political literature. It is also wise to seek the advice of organisations, such as Liberty, that can provide advice and guidance on protest rights and public order issues.
- Right to Peaceful Assembly – Article 11
- Right to Freedom of Expression – Article 10
- Right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion – Article 9
- Right to respect for private and family life – Article 8
See: The Historic Right to Peaceful Protest by Liberty and
‘Too much of this sort of thing’ – ‘Atos Two’ pamphlet by Nottingham Defence Campaign Posted on April 29, 2012