January Bulletin

  • 01 Jan 2016 15:56

UK and Ireland Civil Unrest and Activism Bulletin
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The monthly Activism Bulletin provides a concise overview of forthcoming activism and protest events, brief analysis of significant developments and a preview of planned protests, which could disrupt business.

UK Activist Summary

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On 1-2 December, thousands of anti-war protesters rallied in central London
to denounce the UK government’s decision to participate in coalition airstrikes
against Islamic State (IS) in Syria. The protests began on 1 December
ahead of the Commons vote on 2 December, with an estimated 3,500 people
rallying in Westminster. While the protest initially began peacefully, the situation
escalated with around 150 demonstrators carrying out a sit-in action
which prompted scuffles and police intervention. A number of protesters were
arrested. The Stop the War Coalition, which organised the action, has continued
to denounce the government’s decision, calling for further local and national
actions in 2016. The group intends to hold local actions in Leicester,
Brighton and Newcastle in January, with a national action planned for midFebruary
in London.

The most disruptive protest likely to be held in January 2016 is the Britain
First rally in Dewsbury on 30 January, which is currently being publicised.
This far-right group holds periodic protests opposing perceived ‘Islamisation’
in the UK. While support for such rallies is declining, with Britain First events
usually attracting only around 100 supporters, they can be volatile and trigger
emotive counter-demonstrations from local Muslim groups and other organisations
such as United Against Fascism (UAF). As such, it is possible that
unrest between rival supporters could break out. More likely, however, is a
strong police presence that will include road closures and restrictions on
movements, which could cause disruption for the duration of the rally. As with
previous far-right protests, there is a likelihood of anti-social behaviour at
main transport hubs, as well as in the town centre both prior to and after the
march as far-right supporters rally before and after the event. 

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