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Apologies for the short notice - we are very low on capacity at the moment. An event that may be of interest coming tomorrow Friday 14th January (and national day of action Saturday 15th)
Stroud District Green Party has called a protest against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which reaches a crucial stage on Monday.

Join the protest at 12.30pm outside Siobhan Baillie's office in Kings St Stroud (next to the entrace to the Five Valleys/Merrywalks shopping centre, what used to be the 99p store/Woolworths)

The protest is supported by Stroud Against Racism and the Stroud Red Band, who will be providing uplifting music.

The following day there will be protests around the country, including in Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Oxford.

Gloucestershire Live reports that the Leader of the Green group on Stroud District Council, Councillor Catherine Braun said: “The Policing Bill threatens to remove one of our most basic human rights: the right to peacefully protest. And the amendments to the bill that have been slipped into it by the government at a late stage make it even worse.

"The bill and its amendments would give the police, acting under instruction from government, the power to stop any protest if they think it will cause ‘serious annoyance’ to two or more people or an organisation.

"It would also allow the police to arrest anyone they think may be planning to take part in such a protest. People charged under these laws could be jailed for up to 51 weeks."

Ms Braun added: “These are the kind of powers used by dictators, and they create the conditions for this government, or any future government, to introduce a police state. The bill could be used to criminalise people taking part in climate-related protests, nurses and doctors protesting for better PPE, or any other group that the government might find annoying. We are calling on all MPs and members of the House of Lords to stand up for our basic human rights and reject this extremely dangerous and anti-democratic bill.”
Click the buttons below for further information - or see the a list of useful resource links here.
Joint statement against the bill by a range of organisations
Amplify Stroud article on the "anti-protest Bill that could mean jail for causing ‘serious annoyance’"
Kill the Bill day of action - map with details of protests around the country
George Monbiot's article on how the policing bill deliberately targets Roma, Gypsy and Traveller people, criminalising them if they move – and if they stop
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