Police unswayed by road-block ruling ahead of London climate protests

Police unswayed by road-block ruling ahead of London climate protests

Metropolitan police vow to tackle ‘wilful obstruction’ in spite of supreme court’s Ziegler judgment

Police preparing for a new campaign of Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests in London have said they will not be deterred by a recent supreme court ruling that obstruction can be a legitimate and lawful form of protest.

The Ziegler judgment, handed down by the supreme court in June, had ruled that the exercising of protest rights could constitute a “lawful excuse” for obstructing the highway, even if the protest is considered disruptive.

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