COVID-safe protests exception welcome but temporary change is not enough

Responding to the inclusion of a specific exception for protests in the new COVID regulations, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said: “It shouldn’t have taken the appalling scenes on Clapham Common to force the Government to make clear that peaceful, COVID-safe protests are lawful. They should never have tried to stop them going ahead in the first place.

“The right to peaceful assembly and protest is a fundamental human right. It has always been a crucial part of our democratic society.

Alistair Carmichael MP

“But changing these temporary regulations isn’t enough. The Conservatives must now drop the dangerous, draconian plans to crackdown on protests in their new Bill.

“These new laws are part of the Conservative Government’s anti-democratic attempts to silence anyone who dares speak up against them. Liberal Democrats will fiercely resist them.”

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