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Higher Education: Demonstrations

Question for Home Office

UIN 24779, tabled on 28 January 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of policing on university campuses following the violent protests and criminal damage by demonstrators at an Israel Society event at King's College London last week.

Answered on

4 February 2016

The operational policing of protests and demonstrations are principally a matter for Chief Officers of each force in England and Wales.

Peaceful protest is a vital part of a democratic society. It is a long-standing tradition in this country that people are free to gather together and to demonstrate their views. However, like all members of the public, protesters are subject to the law. Should individuals cross the boundary into criminal acts including public order offences, criminal damage, hate crime offences or violent behaviour, the police have a range of powers to take action.

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