We Need to Protest Against the Police Bill, (PCSC) in 2021

I believe that democracy should not be reserved for Election Day; but should be honoured every single day.

Over the course of the past month or so, the government has been attempting to enforce incredibly strict regulations on protests. They are hoping to introduce a new bill, which you may have heard about through the ‘Kill the Bill’ protests that have been happening recently. This bill – called the ‘Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021’ – will give police officers additional power to take action against peaceful protestors, such as shutting down protests that become ‘too loud’ and setting start and finish times for demonstrations.


I firmly believe that the right to protest is a cornerstone of any democratic society. One way to keep our democracy alive, and to remind everyone that we all have a voice that we deserve to use, is through peaceful protest. It is a crucial method of spreading the word about important issues and telling those in charge what they need to do in order to make sure that everyone, including those they disagree with, have a say in what happens in the country. Of course, this applies to every single person, including everyone of all political positions.

I believe that democracy should not be reserved for Election Day; but should be honoured every single day.


all the hope I had left that someday I’d be able to make a difference, was gone in a second.

As a young person who does not feel represented by the views of those in power, I’ve always felt that protesting and speaking my mind is the only way I have to see my own views represented in politics, even if I haven’t always exercised this. When I heard that part of this right; the right to be loud, to be vocal and disruptive, was being taken away, I felt crushed. As though all the hope I had left that someday I’d be able to make a difference, was gone in a second. Then, suddenly, it dawned on me; it doesn’t have to be this way.


All throughout history – from women’s suffrage to the poll tax – people have stood up to oppressors and people who told them they couldn’t. Sitting back and hoping for the best has never worked, and it won’t start working now. I decided that for once I was going to take action and do what I knew I had to - protest.


I decided to start a youth protest group, along with some friends, to campaign for the right to protest. We are called From the Rooftops, (you can follow us on Instagram: @fromtherooftops.youth) and we are fighting for our civil rights, our human rights, and that which should be a given in any truly free society: the right to peaceful protest.



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this piece belong solely to the author and do not reflect the views of The Demographica Network as a company.

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