Whose streets: the limits to protest?

Tuesday 8 October, 6.30pm until 8.30pm, Foyles Charing Cross, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB UK Satellite Events 2013

£7.50/£5 from instituteofideas.com

From the rise of police kettling tactics to the notorious restrictions placed on Westminster Square, recent years have seen a much documented clamp-down on the freedom to protest. Yet while many lament the civil liberties implications, the rise of increasingly disruptive forms of protest – such as Occupy-style encampments and pro-life vigils outside abortion clinics – have divided opinion even amongst campaigners over the limits of protest. Should there be an absolute right to protest, or can there be a case made for areas – such as outside hospitals or funerals – which are out of bounds? Does preventing opponents from speaking or holding events – such as with the NUS’ controversial ‘No platform’ policies – class as legitimate activism or censorship? In an increasingly authoritarian climate, should protestors be concerned about the civil liberties of their opponents as much as their own?

Ian Dunt
editor, Politics.co.uk; political editor, Erotic Review

Ann Furedi
chief executive, British Pregnancy Advisory Service; author, The Moral Case for Abortion

Kevin Rooney
politics teacher and head of social science, Queen's School, Bushey; co-author, Who's Afraid Of The Easter Rising?

Mic Wright
chief technology blogger, Daily Telegraph; freelance writer

David Bowden
associate fellow, Academy of Ideas; culture writer

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David Bowden associate fellow, Academy of Ideas; culture writer
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