Wed 16th March, 5pm
King’s College London, The Strand
Supported by Defend the Right to Protest and Stop Kettling Our Kids
- Emma Norton from Liberty
- Alfie Meadows, Middlesex University student
- Bryan Simpson, Strathclyde University student
Recent student protests have been met with violent tactics from the police, including routine use of kettling, batons and charges by mounted police. On November 24 and December 9 thousands were kettled without food or water for hours into the winter night. Alfie Meadows needed emergency brain surgery after being hit with a baton. Tahmeena Bax was knocked unconscious and Jody McIntyre was twice dragged from his wheelchair by police.
Over 200 arrests have been made from the student protests in London alone. Some protestors faces charges of violent disorder, an offence carrying an immediate custodial sentence of up to 5 years. This kind of policing effectively criminalises the act of protesting at the very time when the government’s cuts to public services are opposed by millions.
Protest is not a crime. Join students, parents, teachers and civil liberties campaigners to discuss the policing of demonstrations, the victimisation of protestors and what we can do to defend our democratic right to protest.
This meeting is part of the TEACH-IN FOR THE RESISTANCE
Weds 16 March, 4-8pm, King’s College London & London School of Economics
4pm LSE SU Underground
Video link-up with student and teacher activists from Madison, Wisconsin
- Can we make our universities ethical? LSE SU Underground
- Panel debate: The role of social media in our movement, KCL
- Defending Multiculturalism: Don’t let David Cameron divide us, KCL
- Defending the Right to Protest, KCL
6:30pm KCL Arthur Lucas Theatre
March 26: Our Day of Anger
With a UCU striker, Billy Hayes CWU, Fightback author Guy Aitchinson, Egyptian revolution eyewitness Wassim Wagdy, Lois Clifton LSESU-elect and Mark Bergfeld NUS NEC.