11 October 2012
Police intimidate protesters during a peaceful protest.
EPISODE TWENTY NINE: “Nothing to do with safety or security”
Sylvia and Betty attend a Yorkshire CND ‘Breaking the Links’ demonstration outside Menwith Hill. The women soon discover that they are denied the opportunity to walk freely around the perimeter of the base and finding themselves ‘caged in’ and under close surveillance by the police, tensions rise. This small group of elderly campaigners is soon outnumbered by the police; a disproportional response which is estimated, by those on the ground, to be 3:1. Police intimidation during peaceful protest could have severe consequences for society and the future of democracy. The concern is that if people are deterred from protesting with simply their voice and a placard, will they find new ways to be heard which could warrant such over zealous policing?
Read CND’s evidence to the inquiry on human rights issues arising from policing and protest here.