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, you are legally obliged to inform the police of your nationality if they ask you for it.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or in an emergency call 07946 541 511. You can also talk to a Legal Observer, who often attend demonstrations to monitor police behaviour.