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To: Suella Braverman, Home Secretary & Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister

Don't electronically tag innocent people for attending protests

Dear friends,

Thanks to YOU, last year the Government conceded on their dystopian plans to allow police to use GPS ankle tags on innocent campaigners and ban them from attending marches and demonstrations.

We showed the Government that we would not allow extreme police powers in a democratic country like the UK, and thanks to thousands of us coming together they were forced to drop their plans.

But we're still working to reclaim privacy and defend freedoms at this time of enormous technological change - you can find out about our other campaigns here

Thank you for taking action.

Silkie Carlo

Big Brother Watch Director

Remove protest banning orders and electronic tagging from the Public Order Bill

Why is this important?

The Government’s new Public Order Bill would allow police to put innocent people on electronic ankle tags and ban them from attending marches and demonstrations.

Campaigners and people who want to attend a protest need not have ever committed any offence in order to be given a so-called “protest banning order” by the police.

Under this new anti-protest law, the police will be given powers to monitor campaigners using electronic GPS tags, restrict their internet activities and prevent them from attending protests. These are some of the most disturbing and anti-democratic police powers introduced in the UK for decades.

After the shocking police behaviour towards grieving women at the Clapham vigil for Sarah Everard, we fear these ankle tags could entail serious abuse. There is no place for police monitoring and oppression of people simply campaigning for change.

These extreme police powers would be controversial in Russia and China – we cannot allow them in a democratic country like the UK. If thousands of us sign this petition, we can make Suella Braverman and Rishi Sunak drop these dangerous new powers.





2024-04-22 09:30:28 +0100

Petition is successful with 107,338 signatures

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100,000 signatures reached

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