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Conditions imposed on march and rallies in central London

News   •   Dec 07, 2018 18:34 GMT

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has imposed conditions upon a march and rally being planned by 'Brexit Betrayal' and also upon a counter march and rally planned by 'Oppose Tommy Robinson in London' and 'Unite Against Facism & Racism', scheduled to take place on Sunday, 9 December in central London.

Conditions have been imposed under Section 12 and 14 of the Public Order Act, 1986, on a planned march and protest by Brexit Betrayal, as follows:

Notice under Section 12(3) Public Order Act 1986; Conditions to be imposed on persons organising or taking part in a public procession:

1. All members of the protest by Brexit Betrayal or supporters of the protest shall hold a procession (march) from Park Lane, Grosvenor Place, Lower Grosvenor Place, Bressenden Place, Victoria Street, Parliament Street.
2. The march must take place on the following route: form up and leave from Park Lane by 12:30 and then follow the identified route to the end point at Parliament Street.
3. Participants must only join the procession at the start point in Park Lane.
4. There will no motor vehicles on the route as part of the procession.
5. The march must take place between 12:30 and 14:00.
6. The participants must follow the directions of a constable even if the route is varied.

= Notice under Section 14(3) Public Order Act 1986: Conditions to be imposed on persons organising or taking part in a public assembly:

Conditions as to location of assembly:

1. All members of the protest by Brexit Betrayal must only assemble in Parliament Street, to the south of the police barriers, north of Parliament Square.

Conditions as to maximum duration of the assembly:

2. Any assembly or rally may only take place between 12:30 and 15:30.

Conditions have also been imposed under Section 12 and 14 of the Public Order Act, 1986, on a planned march and protest by Oppose Tommy Robinson in London and Unite Against Racism & Fascism, as follows:

= Notice under Section 12(3) Public Order Act 1986; Conditions to be imposed on persons organising or taking part in a public procession:

1. All members of the protest by Oppose Tommy Robinson in London and Unite Against Racism & Fascism shall hold a procession (march) from Portland Place, Regent Street, Haymarket, Cockspur Street, Whitehall.
2. The march must form up and leave from Portland Place by 12:00 and then follow the identified route to the end point at Whitehall, north of the police barriers.
3. Participants must follow the directions of a constable even if the route is varied.
4. There will be no motor vehicles on the route as part of the procession.
5. The march must take place between 12:00 and 13:15.
6. Participants must only join the procession at the start point in Portland Place.

= Notice under Section 14(3) Public Order Act 1986: Conditions to be imposed on persons organising or taking part in a public assembly:

Conditions as to location of assembly:

1. All members of the protest by Oppose Tommy Robinson in London and Unite Against Racism & Fascism must assemble in Whitehall north of the police barriers, south of Trafalgar Square.

Conditions as to maximum duration of the assembly:

1. Any assembly or rally may only take place between 12:00 and 16:30.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor of the Metropolitan Police, Gold Commander for the operation, said:

"The right to protest is a fundamental right in our democratic society, but this right must be balanced against the right of people to go about their day without fear of violence, disorder or disruption.

"Experience has shown us that when groups with conflicting views come together it can create tension and disorder, not just on the day itself but in the longer term. We have had to carefully consider how to balance the right to protest with the potential impact on our communities and our ability to manage any disorder that may have resulted from these protests going ahead as they were suggested.

"If you want to protest on Sunday we ask that you do so peacefully, no matter what your view. We will adopt a robust arrest policy on anyone who attends and is intent on violence and disorder, or is in breach of these conditions."

The decision to apply Section 12 and 14 of the Public Order Act was taken based on current tensions and concerns, the current intelligence picture about Sunday and previous marches and protests held by similar groups. Taking all these factors into consideration the MPS has made an operational policing decision to take this approach, and believe it to be proportionate in these specific circumstances.

Breach of the conditions is a criminal offence, and anyone breaching them may find themself liable to arrest.

A policing operation will be in place during the course of Sunday, 9 December. Officers from the MPS Police Liaison Team will be in ongoing dialogue with those groups who wish to protest, and this will include advance explanation of what the imposition of Sections 12 and 14 mean and how participants can remain within the law.