'They've taken away my freedom': the truth about the UK state's crackdown on ?protesters
Dozens of people have been imprisoned as changes in policing and the law are used to curb the right to protest. Is this part of a turn towards a more authoritarian state, and could such draconian tactics backfire?Melissa is a down-to-earth, friendly woman in her 50s, and it seems that she has always met life with a certain amount of courage. She grew up on another continent, and after early motherhood, then divorce and a first career in business, she moved to the UK with her second husband. She then built another career working with survivors of domestic violence, before setting up a climate emergency centre in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.The 100 days that she spent in prison last year do not seem to have been as shocking an interruption to her life as one might have expected. "You have to remember that I chose to do the actions that led to prison. Most women in prison are not in that situation at all." Melissa was imprisoned after being arrested more than a dozen times on climate protests. Her first time behind bars occurred after she sat down in front of an oil terminal, in breach of an injunction banning protest in the area. Continue reading...
Celý článek: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/feb/05/protest-laws-state-police-crackdown-uk-activists-prison
Zdroj: The Guardian
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