Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats

Vigil ban: Government has duty to facilitate safe protest


Responding to the ban on the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard, Munira Wilson, Liberal Democrat health spokesperson, said:

"Women and girls should be able to walk down our streets safely and without fear. I completely understand why people feel moved to attend vigils or protest about this. It is deeply disappointing that the Metropolitan Police have refused to help make it happen"

"No one wants to see crowds of people at a time when social distancing is so important to save lives. But Reclaim These Streets is committed to organising Covid-safe vigils and the High Court made it clear that such an event can be lawful."

"The Government has a duty to facilitate safe protests. The way the Government has curtailed protest rights and is trying to do so even after we emerge from the pandemic is deeply concerning. Liberal Democrats will always defend the right to protest."


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