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Police Kettling Tactic Worries UK MPs

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TEHRAN, March 25 (ICANA) – UK MPs have urged the Police to be "more nimble" in managing demonstrations ahead of Saturday's rally in London against the government's spending cuts.
Friday, March 25, 2011 2:30:11 PM
Police Kettling Tactic Worries UK MPs

Parliament's Joint Human Rights Committee has expressed concerns about the police tactic of “kettling” protesters, as London police is preparing for what is predicted to be one of the largest protests on London streets on Saturday.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to participate in the Saturday march, arranged by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), to express their anger against the coalition government's austerity measures.

The parliamentary committee, including peers and MPs, admired police for connecting to protest planners through Twitter. They also urged the Metropolitan Police to observe the recent protests in Britain and learn lessons before Saturday.

The committee also published a report, saying, "We welcome the high degree of co-operation between the Metropolitan Police and the TUC in planning for the demonstration on 26 March. We hope that this will be reflected in a successful and peaceful demonstration in which all participants feel that they have exercised their democratic right to protest.”

The Commander of Metropolitan Police expressed optimism for a peaceful protest in the streets of London on Saturday. "The issues will be with the fracture groups who might want to spoil the party. Groups lodge themselves with someone else's march and use the oxygen of publicity to make their point," Broadhurst said.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber has also expressed optimism about a peaceful event, saying, "Saturday looks set to be a huge, united and good-natured event, giving all those who want to oppose the government's deep, rapid and unfair spending cuts the opportunity to speak out.”

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