MPS Statement on conditions imposed on July 4th Demonstration
30 Jun 2015 by CST
The Metropolitan Police Service have shared their statement with CST regarding conditions that they have imposed on the July 4th demonstration:
The MPS has been engaging with protest organisers and
communities with regards to a planned static anti-Shomrim protest on
4th July at Golders Green, within the London Borough of Barnet.
After carefully considering all the facts surrounding this protest and
counter protest activity, including the impact on the Jewish and wider
community of Golders Green, it is the assessment of the MPS that
the presence of these groups in the same area at the same time is
likely to result in serious disorder, serious disruption to the life of the
community and intimidation of others. As a result, conditions have
been imposed on the anti-Shomrim protest group under Section 14
Public Order Act 1986.
Those conditions are that anti-Shomrim protestors must assemble
(hold a rally) at Richmond Terrace, Whitehall, London, SW1 in a
static assembly for 60 minutes from 1pm to 2pm. The assembly point
will be positioned on the east footway of Whitehall opposite Downing
By imposing these conditions, the MPS is attempting to strike a
balance between the right to peaceful assembly and peaceful protest
and our duty to prevent crime & disorder and protect the communities
of Golders Green.
The MPS will continue to work with residents, the business
community and protest organisers to publicise these conditions and
ensure that everyone is aware of the conditions and how it may affect
Saturday will see a significant policing operation around this protest
and any counter protest activity. It is essential that faith and
community leaders work closely with the local community and police
in preventing disorder and other criminality.