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.
- 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): 0203 909 8100
Bindmans: 0207 305 5638
Green & Black Cross is an independent volunteer legal support group for protesters. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, or in an emergency call 07946 541511. You can also talk to a Legal Observer, who often attend demonstrations to monitor police behaviour.