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Police have no right to ‘herd’ protesters say MPs condemning G20 tactics

Stephen Wright
UK Daily Mail [1]
Monday, June 29, 2009

Police must urgently review their tactic of ‘kettling’ demonstrators, MPs investigating the G20 protests say today.

In a damning report, the Commons home affairs committee says holding protesters in a small area for hours is unacceptable.

The first major review of the 7million pounds operation also said officers who work with their identity numbers hidden or missing should face the ‘strongest possible’ disciplinary measures.

It concluded: ‘Above all, the police must constantly remember that those who protest on Britain’s streets are not criminals but citizens motivated by moral principles, exercising their democratic rights.

‘The police’s doctrine must remain focused on allowing this protest to happen peacefully. Any action which may be viewed by the general public as the police criminalising protest on the streets must be avoided at all costs.’

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