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Guide to Protesting from ULO

26/01/2011

Introduction You may remember on my blog about the demonstration on 9th of December, I included a lot of links to resources about different legal and activist groups. I also said that I spent the first 10 minutes of my coach ride correcting my NUS Bustcard. Here, I would like to ensure you know your rights, and offer you some brief legal and medical advice, and yes, simple action advice.

To explain why, I’m going to start by dissecting the arrest card handed to students who attended the demo on 10th of November, which led to 50 arrests. (146 arrested almost entirely for ‘breach of peace’ in the almost entirely peaceful kettle-evasion march BTW)

Arrest Card

In the event of an arrest…

  • Do not resist
  • Tell a steward or fellow student your name, students’ union and the arresting officer’s number

At the police station

  • You have the right to demand that the police telephone the Duty Solicitor Scheme for you
  • Follow the advice of the Duty Solicitor and make note of their name and telephone number
  • Ask the Duty Solicitor to telephone NUS on 07973782349 with details of your name, Student’s Union and the Police Station at which you are being held.

Your rights if  arrested…

  • To have someone told of your detention
  • To receive free independent legal advice
  • To consult relevant published Codes of Practice governing police conduct
  • To have your physical safety ensured and physical needs met
  • You do not have to say anything to the police BUT if you are later questioned, something that you later rely on in court, then this may be taken into account when deciding if you are found guilty.

Then numbers of the event leaders

So, I’ll go through point by point and explain a little about my responces. The fuller picture will be elaborated in further detail below.  

Do not resist

The majority of the time this is good advice, however, depending on the nature of the protest you may consider other options. For peaceful protests like sit-ins, passive resistance may make the demonstration more effective. If you are with a group at a more rowdy demo, you may find de-arresting is a possibility. Occasionally the possibility of freeing yourself by struggling may occur, which I would not usually recommend, as it may be considered ‘assulting a police officer’, which is a more serious crime than ‘resisting arrest’, and depending on your stance, may damage your cause. The full charge is obstruct/resist a police officer in the execution of their duty. That means that in order for resisting arrest to be illegal, the arrest has to be entirely lawful in the first place. And not all of them are. After all, you would have a hard time arguing in court that someone was obstructing you from doing your duty as a cop if what you were doing was not, in fact, within the remit of your duties as a police officer. Also, it is perfectly reasonable for people to be instinctively noncooperative when they have 6 heavy police officers on their back. Alot of the time, arrestees have little option but to struggle and resist the unreasonable force that gets applied to them – as a matter of personal safety. However, you will never get to explore these finer points of law in a court – and subsequently use them as a defence – if you sign cautions or plead guilty right away, so this is something for people to consider.

Tell a steward or fellow student your name, students’ union and the arresting officer’s number

It is highly important that somebody at the demonstration is aware of your arrest, however, upon arrest, it is unlikely that you will be given the chance to talk to anyone. You should ideally buddy up with someone who knows ALL your details who sticks with you, but you should know the name of everyone in your immediate group and be watching their back anyway. If you trust the stewards then telling them the name (probably on behalf of the arrested friend) may be good advice, but I would suggest talking to someone wearing a Legal Observer vest, or someone from GBC instead. The police officers number, and any information you can give about the arrest (violent, inappropriate, or even photos of the event) are vital, and can be given to either of those, or a trusted lawyer to help their case. GBC also discreetly ask other demonstrators for information regards arrests, which may be useful pressing charges against the police. Talking to them may offer personal advice on the more difficult aspect of this point. Your SU. I will advise below to keep your information to yourself, however the SU need to be able to be assured of your safety, especially if it means the coach home leaving. I think I would suggest that the SU are made aware of the arrest via other students who are keeping in touch. The police may find out that one of the arrestees has your name and is from Lincoln, but that doesn’t mean they know which one. If you are reading this now, you should have it drilled into your head and your mates heads that you DONT GO ON A DEMO WITHOUT SOME KIND OF PLAN WHAT TO DO IF ONE OF YOU GETS NICKED. Especially not one where you could be stranded miles away from home. I’m serious!

You have the right to demand that the police telephone the DSS for you

Yes. You do. Or indeed, any other solicitor. Many of these are ex-cops however, and you may feel that it would be better to have a solicitor who specialises in arrests at demonstrations. I will list these at the bottom. I would advise against DS where possible. You should research these and write their number on your arm. Bust cards handed out in the demonstration will offer you the one that the local activists suggest.  

Follow the advice of the Duty Solicitor and make a note of their name and telephone number

If you do choose a duty solicitor, then definitely make those notes. I would suggest no comment, as due to above, and no economic motive, many will wish to get the case over asap or even help the police with their charge figures, rather than focusing on getting you off the hook. I’ll expand later but if you do choose to name yourself, it doesn’t mean you should name other people.  

Ask the Duty Solicitor to telephone NUS on 07973782349 with details of your name, Student’s Union and the Police Station at which you are being held.

There may be a reason why the NUS needs to know the details of student arrests, however personally I would choose to bypass this stage. I would make sure that my free phone call was to someone that I trusted, and ask them to ensure the SU of my safety, and possibly the station if I could think of a good reason why it would help. You probably will have your phone taken away. List the number of your friend or an SU officer on your arm too, or even better, remember them. There are more than 2 listeners on police station phones. As FITwatch put it to me “Surely there are much better people to phone? LDMG? Green & Black Cross? Friends…? Basically, the NUS leadership are keen to work with the Police. As are duty solicitors. Make up your own mind about whether you think it is sensible to trust these people should you be unfortunate enough to get arrested on a demonstration.”  

The whole ‘your rights’ section

Very true. I know because The Bill told me, and I might have been lucky enough to hear about it upon my arrest. There is a lot more to it as well. Know your rights, but also how to make sure you get them. So, by now you can maybe see why I feel the need to share some extra information and advice. Bare in mind, I am only sharing options, and would not on all accounts necessarily encourage you or anyone else to follow it. I hope that if you read this with an open mind that you might learn a lot about the legal system and successful demonstration without your head exploding. The problem with giving so much advice about being arrested, police brutality and misconduct, is that it can bring disproportionate alarm and paranoia about resistance. Arrest is less common than brutality and easier to avoid, and hopefully misconduct can be minimised to an extent in the UK by a knowledge of your rights, the process and a strong mind, and an appropriate response can be met.

What to bring

 Firstly, I’ll state the obvious and say ‘look at the weather’. That will tell you whether you need sun cream (water or alcohol based ones are better) and shades or an extra pair of tights and gloves. Gloves are good. Bring a close affinity group or join one if possible, and ensure that you have any personal medication. The other thing about an affinity group is that you can split the things you need between you, so that you aren’t carrying too much. Spare contacts or glasses are a good idea, both in case of tear gas or damage. Clothes:

  • Layers. Way better for temperature change. Packing waterproof is good.
  • Thin layers are good for flexibility
  • If it isnt Summer and you might get kettled you will want something warm packed
  • It is best if you have enough clothes to change your outfit, whether thats to avoid recognition or because one outfit got soaked.
  • Sturdy shoes. Boots if possible. It isnt fun being stood on, but make sure you can run in them. (if you can run)
  • Black clothes are often used for anonymity and for solidarity with those involved in actions. The pro is that the police don’t know who is who. The con is that they might not care, so make it subtle and have a spare change.
  • Hats/hoods – keep you warm, protect the head, increase anonymity
  • Masking up is the first piece of advice given to all activists. It isn’t just to protect you from arrest, but also for those who worry about having their face in a database. FIT take photos of crowds at protests as well as football matches. They collect information on as many protestors as possible to ensure they have all POSSIBLE domestic extremists. I am not going to say mask up to the students of Lincoln. What I am going to say, is take a regular scarf, and put it in your bag, just in case you decide you feel more comfortable with it. Or get cold.

Hair/Makeup/etc

  • Don’t wear jewellery that could catch on something or you don’t want to lose. just don’t.
  • May want to choose a different hair or makeup style from usual depending. Tie hair back.
  • Facepaints are often used, especially by CIRCA, because unlike scarves and masks, there is no law about removing it

Body armour

  • Well you are from Lincoln, so I’m not expecting much of this.
  • Something protective on your head is a good idea. Remember Alfie Meadows.
  • A lot of students discreetly wear kitchen roll dispensers and stuff like that on their arms and legs under their clothes to avoid too much damage from batons.
  • If padding is used, the priority areas should be the soft tissue of tummy, lower back and groin. These areas contain vital organs, do not have bones protecting them, and the police are trained to aim for these areas.
  • There are other things in the resources if you’re really interested.

Medical Supplies

  • Food and lots of water. Standard. Extra sugar/carbs
  • Inhaler, pills etc
  • Sanitary items. You don’t know how long you might be kettled for, and tampons left in too long can cause anaphylactic shock
  • Vinegar/lemon juice soaked bandanas in sealed containers are good for CS gas. haven’t seen any of that yet.
  • Plasters, aspirin and basic first aid kit type stuff is useful.
  • Again, water
  • Sugar, for insulin balance
  • Paper bag for panic attacks

Other

  • Placards and stuff, obviously
  • Consider toilet paper and she-pee because we are often kept without toilets
  • Action supplies possibly, or a good book. Whichever keeps you better entertained
  • Camera, small notepad
  • Phone. Preferably unused.

Don’t Bring

  • ID that you can’t hide away easily. Keep your phone, ID, and anything with names or info of people in the group securely in pockets under your top layer of clothing.
  • Alcohol or drugs (drugs can get you searched and, on alcohol, it’s easy to make a drunk and disorderly arrest)
  • Sharp objects

Your Rights

 Other than under road traffic and anti-social behaviour legislation, you do not commit an offence in English law by refusing to give your name and address to the police. However there are certain situations where the police may arrest you if they cannot establish your name and address, and if you are arrested and charged with an offence you will be unlikely to be granted bail unless they can establish these details.

Regardless of what the police may say, you are not legally obliged to carry ID but sometimes the police will ask you for this all the same. In certain circumstances they can arrest you either for refusing to supply them with details or where they suspect the details you have given are false.

Under Section 25 PACE the police can arrest you if they cannot establish your details or they reasonably believe the details you have given are false.

If the police have demanded your details under this section and they have ‘reasonable suspicion’ that the details you have provided are not correct, then they have the power to arrest you in order to establish your name and address.

 Before any of the above search powers listed below are exercised, the constable must inform you of the following:

  • The constable’s name and the police station to which he is attached.
  • The object of the proposed search
  • The constable’s grounds for proposing to make it.
  • The fact that you are entitled to a copy of the search.

If the police do not provide you with the above information, then the search is illegal. This means that you would be able to sue them for assault and / or battery. Evidence obtained illegally, however, is admissible in criminal proceedings at the discretion of the court.

Police have the powers to stop and search you or your vehicle under either Section 1 of PACE, Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 or Sections 43 and 44 of the Anti-Terrorism Act 2000.

Always ask the police what the reasonable suspicion is – it has to be something more than the fact, for example, that you are a known protestor.

In public places they can only search outer clothing, more thorough searches must be made out of sight, in a police van or station. Reasonable minimum force may be used to search you. You are entitled to get a report of the search from the police station within a year.

Conditions for intimate and strip searches Intimate and strip searches can only be carried out on persons in police custody. An “intimate search” must be authorised by a superintendent who must reasonably believe either:

  • That a detained person may have concealed on him anything which he could use to cause physical injury to himself or to others, and which he might so use while he is in police detention or in the custody of the court, or
  • That a detained person has a Class A drug concealed on him and was in possession of it before his arrest. An officer may not authorize an intimate search of a person for anything unless he reasonably believes that this is the only way it can be found.

Generally an intimate search can only be carried out by a medical practitioner unless the superintendent does not consider it practicable and the search is to take place under the first point. A search under the second can only be carried out at a hospital, surgery or other medical premises. A strip search may only take place if the custody officer considers it necessary to remove an article that the detained person would not be allowed to keep.

Where either an intimate or a strip search is carried out by a police officer, the officer must be of the same sex as the person searched. No other non-medical person of the opposite sex must be present and no person should be there whose presence is not necessary.

If you are arrested you should be told by the arresting officer that you are under arrest and the reason why – make a note of this. You should then be taken to the nearest police station, unless the police want to issue you with “street bail”. You have the right to remain silent, and you should exercise this at all times, other than to give your name and address. You don’t have to say anything, but if the police cannot establish your name and address you won’t get bail if you are charged with an offence.

When you arrive you will be booked in by the custody sergeant, who then becomes responsible for your detention at the police station. His job is to ensure that your rights are complied with and to keep a “custody record” of your detention. He should inform you of the following:

  • You are entitled to speak to a solicitor free of charge. If you know the name of your chosen firm of solicitors, the police will be able to find the phone number and contact them. If you do not have a solicitor, you can use the duty solicitor – but see below.
  • You are entitled to have someone informed of your arrest. At the custody officer’s discretion you can usually speak to that person on the phone.
  • You are entitled to consult the PACE codes of practice. This manual details the manner in which the police are bound by law to treat detained persons.

The police can never delay your right to have someone informed of your arrest or to speak to a solicitor unless you have been arrested for a “serious arrestable offence”. We advise that you speak to a solicitor straight away. This will enable you to have people informed that you are under arrest and let the police know that you know your rights and are not a soft touch. If you choose not to exercise any of your rights when you are booked in, you may still exercise them at any point in the future.

You should work on the assumption that any phone conversation you make will be listened in to by the police.

Despite what the police may say, do not sign to say that you do not wish to speak to a solicitor or have someone informed of your arrest. If you are in any doubt as to the reason why you are being detained then ask the custody sergeant, who is under a duty to tell you. You will be searched and you will have your personal belongings including any watch or belt taken from you and placed in a bag. Under recent legislation, the custody sergeant is no longer obliged to log all your personal property and may do so at his discretion. If your property is logged, you will be asked to sign a form to confirm that this is your property, so – if you choose to sign – make sure the inventory is correct, and sign directly underneath the last item, so the police can’t add anything afterwards. You will then be taken to a cell, where you will usually have to wait a few hours before being interviewed or released. As part of your custody record, the custody sergeant will ask you for your date of birth, occupation, height and other details. You are under no obligation to answer any of these questions and you should not feel pressurized in to doing so.

The most important point to remember during your time in police custody is to stay calm and relaxed and not to talk to the police. The experience of being arrested for the first time can be quite unnerving. The whole process is designed to scare and intimidate you. Many people find the hardest part is being alone and powerless in a cell, with the added disorientation that you do not know the time, as your watch will have been taken from you. You may feel that you should just tell them anything in order for them to let you go. If the police sense that you are unfamiliar with the process, they will use all manner of tricks to make you think that it is in your best interests to give an interview, so don’t fall in to this trap.

Stay calm, stay quiet and you will usually be out within a few hours.

If you have any injuries – for example bruising from handcuffs – make sure these are logged by the custody sergeant/ You can also insist on seeing the police doctor, who should make a note of your injuries. This may not only help you with any criminal charges brought against you, but may also get you more money if you sue the police later.

Do not agree to be interviewed without a solicitor present. Any interview will be tape-recorded and you are entitled to have a solicitor present free of charge, regardless of your income. These safeguards exist to prevent the police from fabricating evidence or being too aggressive.

Before questioning you the police must caution you along the following lines: “You have the right to remain silent, but it may harm your defence if you fail to mention now anything which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be used against you.”

Anything you say outside the taped interview may also be used in evidence against you – for example an informal chat in the police car after you have been arrested. The police often try to engage you in friendly conversation as they are taking your fingerprints or DNA – make no mistake, this is an attempt to gather evidence and you should not be taken in by it. If you are in any doubt about this, have a look at news archives on the internet and you will find any number of cases in which evidence was produced of what a suspect said outside the interview room. You should also be aware that the police sometimes bug police cells and any evidence obtained in this way is admissible in court.

 The police can take the photograph of anyone under arrest, and use force if necessary. This power was introduced in the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 in the wake of the September 11th attacks on America.

The police can now take the fingerprints and DNA of anyone who has been arrested for a “recordable offence”. The National Police Records Regulations 2000 defines an offence as “recordable” if it is punishable by imprisonment or if it is a “specified offence”. This covers just about every public order offence other than “breach of the peace”. Unless your arrest was unlawful, the police may keep your fingerprints and DNA on file indefinitely regardless of whether or not you are subsequently charged with or convicted of an offence.

The police can hold you for up to 36 hours, if you have been arrested for an “arrestable offence”. However, if you have been arrested for an offence that is not strictly speaking “arrestable”, then the maximum time they can hold you is still 24 hours as before. The Home Office guidelines indicated that the power to detain for up to 36 hours should be exercised sparingly.

PLEASE SEE FREE BEAGLES for the law and arrestable offences.

Legal Advice

 You have the right to remain silent and you should exercise this right during interview and at all other times. If the police sense that you are scared or in any way unsure, they may use any number of tricks to try to get you talking. Eg:

  • The sooner you make a statement the sooner you can go home.
  • If you don’t make a statement then you won’t get bail.
  • If you’re innocent then you have nothing to hide.
  • We just want to hear your side of the story.

These are all just tricks to get you talking. The only reason you are being interviewed is because the police are seeking more evidence to charge you with an offence. The interview is for their benefit, not yours. One trick they sometimes use is to say that the main activists – “the ringleaders” – won’t risk getting arrested themselves and are using you and letting you take the rap. Don’t be taken in by it. This is a classic ploy adopted by the police to turn people against each other in order to gain evidence.

They have arrested you, because the arresting officer thinks you are guilty of an offence. The custody sergeant has authorized your detention in order to gain more evidence to secure a conviction by questioning you. Despite what the police or anyone else might tell you, the right to silence has not been abolished. A magistrate or jury may take in to account the fact that you remained silent during interview and draw an “adverse inference” from this (ie this could count towards evidence that you are guilty). Because of this solicitors sometimes advise suspects to make a short statement to the police.

Our advice however is to remain silent for the following reasons. Firstly, the police are only interviewing you because they are looking for evidence in order to charge you. They cannot charge you simply on the basis that you refused to make a statement. Secondly by talking to the police, you may not only implicate yourself in crime, but also others as well. Your interview could lead to other people being arrested and charged. They may then make statements implicating you.Your solicitor may not care what happens to other activists, but you should. Thirdly, most people – even experienced activists – find that once they have started talking it is very difficult to stop. If you try to lie you may soon end up tying yourself in knots and making matters worse.

Witness an arrest or want support? GBCLegal Team: 07946541511

Read this: http://ldmg.org.uk/legal.html Don’t get drunk and disorderly – too easy!

Medical Advice

 Make sure your group has useful stuff listed above between you.

If you buddy up then you should know any medical details about the other person that you might need.

If you help anyone else out, make sure you get their consent.

Be aware of the effect of calling an ambulance to a particular location. Be aware that the police often trawl local hospitals after large demos to arrest anyone injured, so be prepared to travel if you think the injury isn’t too serious.  

Safety – yours, then the patients. Making yourself into an extra casualty doesn’t help anyone.

DR – Danger, Response ABC – Airways, Breathing, Circulation BBB – Blood, Burns, Bones In that order of priority.

CS Gas

  • Ask the patient to remove any contact lenses. CS Gas gets behind lenses and can damage the cornea and/or lens.
  • Remove the patient from the source.
  • Remove contaminated material (clothes etc.) This should be done before going into a house/room.
  • Wear disposable latex or other surgical gloves [non sterile] to avoid contamination of your own skin.
  • Flush CS out of eyes. Remember you are flushing and not diluting
  • Tell patient to keep eyes open and get them to stand in a windy place so CS evaporates.
  • There are some chemicals you can use to help, but you should have training. We will not say more here.

Do Not

  • Dilute with water, you just spread the contamination.
  • Use hot water, you open the skin pores. (Tepid water is fine though).
  • Rub your eyes after treatment.
  • Use the same gloves on anyone not contaminated, or on any wound as you will spread contamination. (Gloves should also be changed after contact with any bodily substance).

Bleeding External Aims:

  • To stop the bleeding,
  • To prevent shock,
  • To minimise the risk of infection.

What to do:

  • Expose the wound.
  • Provided there is no suspected break in the bone or foreign object in the wound: Apply direct pressure over wound, with a sterile dressing or pad if possible, but if not use your (gloved) hand, or the patient’s hand.
  • Never try to remove a foreign body (eg. glass) from a wound. Apply indirect pressure (on either side of the wound) to stop bleeding.
  • Elevate part of body that is injured.
  • Lay patient down to minimise risk of shock or injury due to collapse.
  • Leaving the original dressing in place bandage it securely over wound. If blood seeps through place another dressing on top.
  • After applying the bandage, ensure there is still circulation in the extremities.
  • Seek medical attention.
  • Monitor casualty for signs of shock.

Look for a Kettle Kitchen or Legal Observers. If medical attention is needed then they may have action medics, or be more likely to know how to get police medics to treat you or let you out. Stick with the injured person at all costs. Alfie Meadows was let out on his own. If his mother hadn’t found him wandering the streets later on, he probably would be dead.

Staying Safe in a Kettle

So here’s assuming you have just found yourself kettled. You’ve never been in one before. You aren’t quite sure whether it is scary or fun yet. Lets look at the layout Most likely, rather than being fully in a wall of police, there are buildings loosely guarded on one side, and the police are mostly cutting off the exit points. At the start of the kettle it is often possible to leave in small groups or on your own, if you don’t ‘look’ like a protestor. In the case of the first student kettle, children who may not have been protestors were taken out of McDonalds and put in the kettle.

Once police have established their initial lines and the public has mostly filtered out, the situation becomes more difficult. You will probably be told, if you ask officers, that there IS an exit somewhere. There probably is not. The officers at the sides probably don’t even know, and you should not approach the obvious exits to leave. When crowds start forming to get out of an area, a sort of mosh-pit is formed. The crowd may surge to get out, and those at the front, however innocent, are likely to be batoned for this. If there is not a surge, then there is still the possibility that either the police will move forward with their shields to squash you, or that you will be told (wrongly) that you legally can only leave if you give your name and address and let the police take photographs of you. When police get sick of having a big rowdy mess in front of them, and pushing in to them fails to work, they may attempt to violently divide the crowd, or to charge with horses.

You may be treated like a trouble maker if you are of the last remaining people in, and you may miss your coach, but it is the safest route.

If you NEED to get out, because of injury, once again, do NOT approach the exits. Police medics are there to help the police, not protestors, and may hit people out of the way in order to get to police. Another example recently involved spraying a toxic fire extinguisher at the crowd. If you cannot find an action medic anywhere then your best bet is the officers at the sides. They don’t know much about anything going on, but they aren’t so much obliged to act like robots and may be able to act as a mediator between an injured protestor, the police and the exit. Only in extreme circumstances will they personally offer you aid.

You will have no food offered, and you will be lucky if you find water. There will unlikely be toilets available. Sometimes they let women and small children to port-a-loos before throwing them back into the kettle, and sometimes this is not offered at all. In the kettle I was in recently, a group of anarchists constructed a toilet out of Boris’ metal fences, but sometimes this is still daunting for women, esp if they are menstruating. Personally I invested in an item that makes it easier for women to piss standing up and discreetly. It sounds kinda gross but it is worth it, because it seems a few people lost it on the bridge.

People can be very kind if you need something. Hopefully there will be a ‘Kettle Kitchen’ around. At the moment GBC have been setting them up with some tea, but not very much. If you are desperate they will help you out, but really truly, bring your own.

It may get cold. If that happens, fires will spring up sooner or later. When you have no way to warm up its the best there is to offer. If someone in the group has a blanket or something like that its good, or otherwise, something that can be added to a fire instead. Don’t expect everyone else to just burn their shit for you. This is where the coats come in handy.

Now you’ve been looking around a while, you ill probably have stopped chanting and looked around at which weirdos you’re sharing a pen with. Most people will be really nice, and there will be lecturers and parents sat around usually, if you feel more comfortable there. It is a good place to make friends. You shouldn’t really give too many details out but I have made quite a few friends standing around in a kettle. You’ll get very bored and spend a lot of time wandering about fairly aimlessly, but there will always be people looking to make it better. My last time involved fire jugglers, and stripping stormtroopers. We did the hokey kokey and the conga, and there is ALWAYS music. There will be sound systems or a samba band, or you can just ad lib instead, and the clowns have reformed, though I’m not sure if thats entertainment per se. Either way, general atmosphere in centre kettle has been described as ‘a shit Glastonbury’.

There have been a few accounts of gangs going around inside kettles who are beating people up. This is uncommon but an even better reason to stick with other people. There have been discussions in activist groups about possible ways to deal with it, hopefully an answer will be met soon.

There may be people doing things like smashing up buildings, but whatever you think of that mode of action, I would stress that the majority of these people are not mindless violent idiots, and if you let them do their thing, then they’ll let you do yours. If you support them, they’ll support you. If you stand in their way (or try to get a close-up photograph of what theyre doing or their face) then you might come across problems. If you have a very strong reason to stand against a particular action then try just talking. If that doesn’t work, I wouldn’t advise arguing about it. The police wont stop fights within a kettle. It isn’t their problem, and it looks bad in the press.

So fireworks, flares and smokebombs. the latter two aren’t dangerous.  The former two are to scare horses. Sounds bad I know, but a large amount of activists are very into animal rights, and they want to try and startle the horses away before other demonstrators start throwing things that might hurt them. Why the need? If you’re ever charged at by creatures that big you’ll understand why. If you aren’t you might not. Thats perfectly understandable, nobody enjoys it. They shouldn’t be there.

Save phone battery. You might need it.

Action Advice

Okay, so I know I’m bypassing a lot of people here, but I want to add some points

  • Don’t throw from the back
  • Stick with a mate
  • Keep your identity safe
  • Keep moving
  • Always defend
  • Don’t fight
  • Face outward
  • Link together arms and form barriers with body
  • Arrow formations cut through better than surges

Useful Numbers

Legal

Bindmans LLP – (020) 7833 4433 – London

Hodge Jones & Allen – (020) 7874 8300 – London

Howells LLP – (0114) 249 6666 – Sheffield

Harrison Bundey – (0113) 200 7400 – Leeds

Green and Black Cross – Legal / Arrestee Support Hotline 07946 541511

Other

Activist Trauma Call Centre – (0045) 52768566

Resources

Legal/Arestee support

http://greenandblackcross.org/

http://www.activistslegalproject.org.uk/

http://www.chambersandpartners.com/uk/Editorial/39217

http://www.freebeagles.org/

http://www.schnews.org.uk/diyguide/defendantsguidetoarrest.htm

http://www.schnews.org.uk/diyguide/gettingthebestdefenceyoucanfromasolicitor.htm

http://www.fitwatch.org.uk/

http://ldmg.org.uk/

http://photographernotaterrorist.org/bust-card/

http://www.urban75.org/mayday02/bustcard.html

  Medical Advice

http://ukmedic.ox4.org/

Other Support

http://www.eco-action.org/teapot 

http://www.activist-trauma.net/

http://docfiles.blogspot.com/2008/02/what-to-bring-to-protest.html

 Action Training

http://ninjarise.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/publicorder.pdf

http://www.devo.com/sarin/shieldbook.pdf

http://networkforclimateaction.org.uk/toolkit/action_resources/direct_action_a_handbook.pdf

http://www.schnews.org.uk/diyguide/blockadingforbegineers.pdf 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDm-tHJRxhE

 Education and Austerity Resources

http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/

http://policestate.co.uk/

http://falseeconomy.org.uk/

http://anticuts.com/

http://occupations.org.uk/

http://emancipating-education-for-all.org

http://www.universityofutopia.org/

If there is anything I should add, or any questions you wanna ask, comment! xxx

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