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Excessive Force, Coercive Policing and Criminalisation of Dissent: Repressing Young People’s Protest in Twenty-first Century Britain

Abstract : Youth-led protest actions and protests with young people as key protagonists have increased and become more diverse. This article constitutes a detailed case study of evolutions in policing and the legislative framework pertaining to protests and young protesters in Britain, drawing on political sociol-ogy, political science, criminology and youth studies. The article first outlines the main protest actions involving young people in twenty-first century Britain. Next, it documents de-velopments in policing tools and methods. It then explains changes to the legislative framework. I argue that through military-style policing tools and methods, combined with au-thoritarian laws, successive British governments have de-veloped coercive policing, the monitoring of protesters and the criminalisation of dissent. This runs counter to official discourse claiming there has been a return to policing by consent with greater attention to human rights and dialogue following criticisms from various official bodies. Thus, in re-ality, an ostensibly liberal democratic state is wielding ex-cessive force and coercion, as part of a securitisation pro-cess, in a bid to regulate and repress young citizens’ protest actions construed as a disruptive threat to the political sta-tus quo. In this way, young citizens are being deprived of their democratic and human right to peaceful protest with important implications for Britain and elsewhere.
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Sarah Pickard. Excessive Force, Coercive Policing and Criminalisation of Dissent: Repressing Young People’s Protest in Twenty-first Century Britain. Revista Internacional de Sociología, 2019, 77 (4), pp.139. ⟨10.3989/ris.2019.77.4.19.002⟩. ⟨hal-02514491⟩

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