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Policing Public Protest in Germany – Wednesday 17th August 2022 15:00 – 17:00
Protests are an important part of a democracy society. Under the Human Rights Law, all citizens have the right to gather and express their views peacefully. Principally in relation to protests, Article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience, and religion), Article 10 (freedom of expression) and Article 11 (freedom of association) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). What is the role of the police at peaceful and perhaps ‘lawful’ protest? The key challenge is that the above rights are not absolute rights which often presents a challenge for the police, i.e., how much disruption is proportionate or tolerable, or what is the balance between individual rights and the general interests of the community to go about their daily lives. The police must act within the law and be able to demonstrate that their use of any powers is necessary and proportionate, this often has an adverse impact on the police reputation. This panel will look at the solutions. Legislation? Better communications? Independent monitor to consider the levels of disruption? Specialist officers available for protest policing? Technology? Our panel members will have strong opposing views which illustrated just how much of a balancing act the police face when dealing with protests, particularly those which are designed to be peaceful and non-violent, and yet can be highly disruptive.
This panel will consider these questions through a German lens and ask itself what learning can be gleaned from comparing the two methods of policing protest. It will use recent events such as the 2022 G7 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen to consider tactics and processes used by the German police to affect a safe and successful public event.
This event is a free online resource with an opportunity to listen to experts and put forward questions. London Policing College are honoured to welcome several high calibre speakers for this workshop.
Bob Broadhurst (London Policing College)
Roger Gomm QPM (London Policing College)
Dr Bernd Burger (Head – Department of Police Operations at Institute for Further Education of the Bavarian Police, Germany)