Action:Know Your Rights

'What's next?' - A Guide to the Post-Charge Legal Process

So you were arrested for protesting and the authorities have decided to charge you with an offence: what happens next? Being prosecuted can be a … Read More

2. Key Messages - Being Trans and Protesting

If you’re heading out on a protest, take a read of our key messages and download a copy of our latest bustcard. We … Read More

3. Being Stop & Searched

You do not have to give any personal details during a stop and search. Police stop and search people to gather intelligence and to intimidate. Read More

4. Being Arrested

This section covers specific issues that transgender people may face if they are arrested. For general advice, please see our guide on being arrested … Read More

Being Trans and Protesting

You have the right to have your gender recognised. This guide outlines other key rights and advice for trans people attending protests. Transphobia is rife in … Read More

Coronavirus & Protest Law

From Monday 19th July 2021 the Coronavirus ACT, which had implications for protest, is revoked. There are no longer any restrictions on protests. Some people … Read More

Demonstrations and International Students

This briefing deals with the risks to someone’s immigration status if they get into trouble at a demonstration. First, it is important to remember that … Read More

Filming and Photographs at Actions

You do not have to comply with police filming unless you have been arrested for an offence. They have no more rights than you to … Read More

Graphics and Resources

This page contains some graphics for social media, resources to have and share, links to some key guides and key contacts. Downloadable ZIP … Read More

Graphics Store

Here are our Know Your Rights graphics to scroll through and download.   … Read More

How do I find out what information the police hold on me?

The police record a variety of information, or ‘intelligence’ on people attending protests. This information is retained on databases and shared with other police forces, … Read More


Dealing with injunctions – a brief protesters’ guide Injunctions are basically a way that companies can buy themselves personalised laws. As such they are complicated … Read More

Key Advice when Going on a Protest

If you’re heading out on a protest, take a read of our key messages and download a copy of our latest bustcard. We … Read More

Laws Commonly Used at Protests

Having a basic knowledge of the laws the police most commonly use to disrupt protests can increase your confidence on actions and help you stand … Read More

Mini briefing on common policing powers used on a demo

Stop and Search Section 1 of PACE. The police have to give reasonable grounds to suspect YOU of carrying articles for use for burglary/theft, stolen … Read More

Obstructing Workplaces: Trade Union Law

Section 241 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act This power is for preventing pickets related to workplace strikes from disrupting work. However it … Read More

Police Liaison Officers

Just say no! Police Liaison Officers (PLOs) are police officers sent to gather intelligence and spread unhelpful messages on protests. They are sometimes tasked with … Read More

Stop and Search

The police have specific powers that allow them in some circumstances to stop and search you. These powers are used as an intimidation tactic and … Read More

What happens if I'm Arrested?

Don’t panic! Just remember our key advice: Make “NO COMMENT” to all questions. Read More

What is a Legal Observer?

Legal observers are trained volunteers who support the legal rights of activists. They provide basic legal guidance and are independent witnesses of police behaviour at … Read More

What is bail and should I ignore police bail?

We currently receive many calls from people on bail from domestic abuse related offences, asking for help on whether to and how to … Read More

Your rights and mobile fingerprinting

This page serves as an overview for dealing with requests for fingerprinting from police on the street. This reference was developed by NETPOL. When … Read More