5. What to do?

Hopefully this helps you to make informed decisions about protesting in the UK. Consider agreeing with your friends about what your boundaries are, so that you don’t find yourself alone if the police start acting badly.

Some thing it is important to remember:

  • You don’t have to carry your passport or form of ID in the UK – indeed we recommend you don’t carry these things.
  • You never have to give the police your personal details if they are searching you.
  • If you are arrested and decide to give your name at the police station, you do not have to tell the police your visa status.
  • Answer “No comment” to all police questions – it is easier to simply say nothing than to decide which questions to answer.
  • If you are questioned at a police station, you are entitled to a translator as well as a solicitor if you’d like one.
  • If you use a solicitor, you should get one who is experienced in protest law.

Find a solicitor local to you, or in London you can chose from one below.

Irvine Thanvi Natas (ITN): 020 8522 7707
Bindmans: 020 7833 4433

Green & Black Cross is an independent volunteer legal support group for protesters. You can email us at gbclegal@riseup.net, or in an emergency call 07946 541 511. You can also talk to a GBC/LDMG Legal Observer, who often attend demonstrations to monitor police behaviour.

Key Messages

  • 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.

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