Mar 202011
 

protest posterIn preparation for the TUC rally next Saturday, we would like to pass you some information and advice.

Access details for the rally is at http://marchforthealternative.org.uk/march-logistics/access-and-disability-2/

Please note that there is scooter hire facility included in that link and all the notifications to be made for disabled people.

DPAC will be starting from Savoy Street – look out for our banner(s) with other disabled groups and organisations. There will be at DPAC supporters at the static point in Hyde Park as well (tbc).

Firstly, it will be a long day so please bring something to eat and drink with you in case you cannot get to any provisions in the day. Bring whistles, rattles or things to make noise with. Bring something warm to wear as well – just in case.

Secondly, although we don’t anticipate that there will be any problem with  or that anyone is likely to get arrested if you are attending we feel that it is best to pass on this legal information to you just to be on the safe side and so if you needed to you know what your rights are.

Legal Observers in orange bibs will distribute 50,000 of a special
small-size (A7) version of the Bust Card on March 26th. These Legal
Observers are volunteers and are totally independent from the police
and march organisers. They will be there solely in support of those
attending the demonstration. Please note that there will also be Legal
Observers from ‘Liberty’ wearing green bibs who will be ‘monitoring’
the events generally, but NOT doing legal support work.

Due to the scale of the event the Legal Observers handing out Bust
Cards will not be able to reach all those participating, so they are
sending out this important information in advance – please forward to
your members and networks throughout the UK.

We advise every group and contingent to chose a Legal Support person
from one of their members attending. Such a person could distribute
Bust Cards to colleagues and others nearby (please print out plenty of
copies of the text below to distribute). They should carry a note book
and ensure, in the event of any arrest or police harassment of
marchers, that:

– information is collated (eg. name/description of person, time,
place, ID nos of police involved and any aggressive behaviour by them)
– witnesses identified and contact details taken
– good legal representation is arranged (see the recommended
solicitors’ phone numbers on the Bust Card below)
– follow-up support offered by your group if needed in the days/weeks
after the demonstration.

Such information should be held in confidence, used solely for the
purpose of supporting a participant, and should be shared only with
them and their legal representative for that purpose.

Do print out and circulate to your contingent/members/participants…

BUST CARD – LEGAL ADVICE

If you are arrested
– You have the right to free legal advice at the police station
– You have the right to have someone notified you’re in custody
– You have the right to read the PACE code of practice C which lists
all your rights
– You have a right to silence. Say “No Comment” to all questions in a
police interview
– An appropriate adult must be called to the police station if you
appear to be under 17, or have a learning difficulty.

Recommended solicitors (please note the phone numbers)
Bindmans 0207 833 4433 Hodge Jones and Allen 07659 111 192

Legal Advice – Stop and Search
– Before searching you a Constable must give you their name and
police station, the power they are searching you under and the reason
they are searching you.
– You do not have to give your name and address or answer police
questions under any stop and search power.
– If you witness an arrest, write down what happened as soon as
possible afterwards. Court cases may take place months or even years
later so it’s vital you record what happened while it’s fresh in your
memory.

Other support

On the day if you witness an arrest or want support contact our Legal
Support office: 07946 541 511

from the Green and Black Cross Bust card

More Legal Briefings can be obtained at this link

As we have said we do not expect any problems but this is just a precaution.

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