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Under Priti Patel's rule even the suffragettes would be silenced

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The right to peaceful protest is a long-cherished democratic tradition in this country.

It’s a tradition that is being upheld by the supporters of Extinction Rebellion, who have been demonstrating for the past 10 days around Westminster and in the City, to draw attention to the climate emergency.

The police action to clear them from Trafalgar Square on Monday evening is a huge over-reach of police powers, and a very disturbing development.

The protesters had already been cleared away from key transport locations like Lambeth and Westminster bridges, which are now flooded with police officers at key times of the day. So was Trafalgar Square on Tuesday morning – a completely disproportionate response to a legitimate and peaceful protest.

More than 1,400 demonstrators have been arrested, including Green MEP Ellie Chowns. The imposition of a Section 14 order by the police is an attempt to close down any Extinction Rebellion protest anywhere in London. So a group of XR protesters, including children standing in a park with an Extinction Rebellion banner, would be risking arrest.

This is over-kill on a vast scale and a sign of........

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