Cop26 police tactics creating atmosphere of fear, protesters say

Cop26 police tactics creating atmosphere of fear, protesters say

Organisers of Glasgow march claim police risked ‘chaos’ by failing to adhere to pre-agreed arrangements

Accumulated incidents of police intimidation, harassment and aggression towards activists at Cop26 are creating “an atmosphere of fear and repression” on the streets of Glasgow and have had a chilling effect on protest, campaigners and monitoring groups have said.

Organisers of Saturday’s Climate Justice march through Glasgow have also claimed that police risked “chaos” by failing to adhere to pre-agreed arrangements, while Scottish migrant groups and indigenous visitors have described their feelings of discomfort and threat prompted by “saturation policing” throughout the city.

Being threatened with arrest for unfurling a banner at a train station.

One activist operating in a police liaison capacity was given an identifying blue bib to wear by the police, but later had it confiscated by a different officer and was threatened with arrest for impersonating a police officer.

The organiser at an activists’ campsite was threatened with arrest for “child neglect” after an officer witnessed families asking if they could stay there.

Police vans driving past the site in the early hours blasting an air horn and shining a spotlight with the apparent intention of disturbing sleep.

One activist was reduced to tears after being followed into a men’s toilets by three officers.

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