Government urged to clarify the law after Sarah Everard vigil was cancelled

The government was asked to clarify the law on protests during the coronavirus pandemic after a vigil for Sarah Everard in south London was canceled.

Harriet Harman of Labor, chair of the Joint Human Rights Committee, led the calls after Reclaim told These Streets that the event could not take place despite attempts to work with police to ensure it was safe.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “We have already said that the law on this should be made clearer.

“The relationship between human rights law and its protection of freedom of association and the new Covid regulations has not been clearly set out.

“The police response to a blanket ban on saying we can treat everyone equally by ending all freedom of association is not the way to go.”

Their comments came as some MPs criticized the decision to “suspend” the planned vigil for Ms. Everard in Clapham on Saturday evening.

Labor MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy, who represents Streatham in south east London, tweeted: “The police’s decision to end today’s vigil and refuse to engage constructively with @ReclaimTS is deeply wrong.

“Women shouldn’t be arrested for showing solidarity.

“On Monday the government will present a bill to further restrict the right to protest.”

Liberal Democratic Vice-Leader Daisy Cooper tweeted, “It is the government’s responsibility to make sure people can protest safely.

“Women across the UK wanted to stand still within 2 meters with masks on.

“They were threatened with a whopping £ 10,000 fine.

“On Monday the government will introduce new laws to further contain the protests. Really?”

She posted a picture of the protests against Black Lives Matter last year in her constituency of St. Albans, where hundreds of people were “socially distant, in masks, proportionally monitored”.

“Last night, a group of 30 young women trying to reclaim the 2 streets in #StAlbans 2 meters apart in masks were told they would face fines of £ 10,000,” Ms. Cooper wrote.


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