1. Marches and Kettles

If you take part in a march on the planned route, for example, then there shouldn’t be any reason for concern.

If you stay aware of crowd and police movements during marches you can usually spot if there’s a police clampdown coming and choose to remove yourself from an area before the police form a dense ring around you. This is known as kettling.

We encourage people not to panic – even if you are kettled you are unlikely to be arrested.

Finally, note that almost all arrests at demonstration in the UK are for very minor offences – it is extremely rare to be arrested for something that could put you in prison.

Key Messages


COVID-19 has lead to changes in policing & protest law which may affect the information in this guide. Please also read our guide to Coronavirus & Protest Law.

  • No Comment
  • You do not need to answer police questions, so don’t.

  • No Personal Details
  • You don't have to give details under ANY stop and search power.

  • No Duty Solicitor
  • Use a recommended solicitor with protest experience.

  • No Caution
  • They admit guilt for an alleged offence that might never get to court.

  • What Power?
  • Ask "What power?" to challenge a police officer to act lawfully.