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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 April 2011

Lid blown off Met's kettle

The high court has ruled that thousands of peaceful protesters at the G20 summit protest in central London in April 2009 were unlawfully contained - "kettled" - by police.

The protesters were subjected to violent assaults by the police. This kettling cordon also prevented street vendor Ian Tomlinson from being able to find a route past police to get home.

He was subsequently violently pushed to the ground by a policeman and died three minutes later. The police's kettling tactic of corralling and detaining protesters for hours on end was also deployed against student fees protesters last year.

The inhuman treatment by police of peaceful protesters exercising their democratic rights was originally challenged by Socialist Party member Lois Austin following the kettling of May Day marchers in Oxford Street, London, in 2001.

Lois took the case against police to court but the Law Lords ruled against her. However, an appeal is now going to the European Court of Human Rights and last week's high court ruling could help Lois's appeal.

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