May 1, 2021
The Bill contains numerous threats to the right to peaceful protest in the UK, it criminalises Gypsy and Traveller communities’ way of life, and includes a host of expansive policing powers which will undermine our right to make our voices heard on critical issues such as the climate emergency. The civil liberties group 'Liberty' notes that “Our right to protest is not and should never be viewed a gift from the state.’’
There is a relatively recent history of successful, peaceful protest in Chichester when key Departments of St Richard's hospital were seriously threatened with closure. There was, as you may well remember, a huge mobilisation of local people that included marches from West Sussex to Downing Street and gatherings in Priory Park. Such peaceful protests and gatherings are under threat – it is therefore key that we ALL speak up now!
Should anyone wish to speak at the event on behalf of their campaign or specific group please do not hesitate to come forward - you would be very welcome.