Violent disorder again: the topsy turvy world of protest law

By Susan Matthews, DtRtP and Justice for Alfie Meadows If something seems to good to be true, it probably is: the belief that the police and CPS had learnt their lesson from a series of embarrassing failures to prosecute student protesters (including the Hilliard brothers and my son Alfie Meadows) in the wake of the 2010 student protests, turns out to be false. … Read More

Sussex disciplinary hearings adjourned due to bias – but the fight is not over

By Jelena Timotijevic Today’s disciplinary hearings of the Sussex students (four happened today; the fifth is to occur later in the term) took place in the context that has become familiar to public sector workers not just in schools, colleges and universities, but also in the NHS, the post office, our public libraries and community centres: mass privatisation and outsourcing of public services.… Read More

Cops off campus! Stop the criminalisation of students!

Over the last week, we have seen a violent crackdown on student protests, including students being suspended, kettled and arrested en masse, injunctions against protests on campus… Here are a few meetings we are taking part in over the next week to discuss this attack on our right to protest and how we can fight back – hope you can come along!… Read More

Defend the Right to Protest – statement in support of student protesters

Following the violent eviction of the peaceful and legitimate student occupation of Senate House on 4th December 2013 and a brutal attack by police on a peaceful “cops off campus” student protest yesterday, Defend the Right to Protest condemns the banning of protest by university management on campus and the seeking of injunctions against student and staff occupations.… Read More