Did you know: by law, you must tell the police if you are organising a public march. You need to let them know six days beforehand. This helps the police keep everyone safe and close roads if they need to. The police can limit or change the route of the march to ensure the safety of the public.
In 2015, the Metropolitan police (which covers London) announced that people organising protest marches might need to pay the policing costs themselves - read the story here. It caused a lot of debate!
To help get you thinking about this, here's a short one page-script (set outside of covid-times). There are two characters - so you might want to read it out loud with a partner!
After you've read it, have a go at the questions below.
- Who do you find yourself agreeing with more - the protestor, or the police constable? Why?
- Do we have a right to protest for free? Why/why not?
- If the protest is against a government decision, should the government have to pay for the protest?
- What could be the benefits and risks of protestors having to cover policing costs themselves?