‘Guidance’ for student protestors
- 22nd January 2011
Guidance to student protestors is to be issued by the Metropolitan Police following the recent violent protests and illegal activity in London and resulting convictions.
Students intending to join in protests will be told in leaflet form what the police will do if individuals are caught violating the law.
The guidance will include ‘common sense’ advice to students about avoiding being caught up in disorder and violence. A spokesperson for the Met’s Public Order Branch said: “We want protestors to have a better understanding of what to expect, what the policing operation will look like on the day and what action we could take and why, so there will be no surprises. We hope that the leaflet will provide reassurance to protestors whilst also encouraging them to take responsibility for their own safety and actions."
In November last year, more than 70 websites published guidance to student protesters about avoiding arrest, resulting in one blogging site, Fitwatch, being shut down by the Met.