The Tories hand more powers to the cops in queen’s speech

Black Lives Matter (BLM) Protesterssource: Socialist Worker
published: 10 May 2022

The Tories unveiled yet more repressive measures in the queen’s speech on Tuesday. It’s an attempt to resurrect a set of crackdown powers that didn’t make it into the police bill that was passed recently. 

They include new offences to stop protesters “locking on” to infrastructure and an extension of stop and search powers. It will also become illegal to obstruct transport projects. It’s a direct threat to groups such as Extinction Rebellion, Insulate Britain and Just Stop Oil. But the cops and the state will use them far more widely.

It’s time to revive the protests against more powers and make them much bigger than last time. We know how the police act whether they have formal powers or not.

Documents from the Spy Cops inquiry released this week showed MI5 told top cops to spy on school students to monitor their political activities.

It’s time to revive the protests against more powers and make them much bigger than last time.

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