The Met will be imposing conditions upon the Global Strike Youth 4 Climate protests taking place in London on Friday, 20 September.
In order to impose this condition, the Met required evidence that the procession may result in serious disruption to communities in London. Latest intelligence reports suggest that such serious disruption is an objective of this protest and is likely to occur, and as such, conditions have been imposed.
The conditions imposed under Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 stipulate that:
- Any assembly by organisers, members, participants, associates, supporters and sympathisers of “Global Climate Strike” (whether or not they are members of this group) must take place in Millbank and Abingdon Street London, SW1P, from the stage area on South of Dean Stanley Street, to the junction of Abingdon Street with Parliament Square.
- Assembly cannot take place in any other part of London.
- Any assembly must conclude at 15:30hrs on Friday, 20 September.
The Gold commander for the event, Commander Dave Musker, said: “We respect the right to protest; however, what we will not tolerate are protestors committing criminal offences and disproportionately stopping people going about their lawful business in London.
“Anyone who knowingly fails to comply with these conditions or incites others to fail to comply will be committing an offence and will be liable to arrest. I will not allow the actions of a few to seriously hinder the day-to-day activities of the vast majority of Londoners, or visitors. The cumulative impact of these protests has been very significant in terms of serious disruption.
“I have a proportionate policing operation in place and we will be proactive in ensuring any impact on our communities is minimised; anyone who is intent on violence is dealt with swiftly and robustly.
“A designated area has been agreed for the protests to take place in and I urge those attending the Global Strike Youth 4 Climate protests to comply with the law and do so in that location.”
Police Liaison Teams (PLTs) are continuing to engage with the event organisers and will do so throughout the demonstration.
Attendees are reminded to follow @MetPoliceEvents which will be monitored throughout the day and will be providing regular updates and answering any questions or concerns that protestors may have.
Advice on how to stay safe at protests will also be posted on the account.