Tory attacks on protest mean UK downgraded in civic freedoms index

Tory protest ban: Priti Patel used to be the Home Secretary and she’s the one who first decided to impose heavy curbs on how protest could happen.

Hostility towards campaigners and charities that has led to a new law clamping down on protest has caused the UK to be downgraded in an international index of civic freedoms.

Here’s The Guardian:

The UK has been downgraded in an annual global index of civic freedoms as a result of the government’s “increasingly authoritarian” drive to impose restrictive and punitive laws on public protests.

The Civicus Monitor, which tracks the democratic and civic health of 197 countries across the world, said the UK government was creating a “hostile environment” towards campaigners, charities and other civil society bodies.

The UK’s willingness to clamp down on civic freedoms such as the right to peaceful assembly means it is now classified as “obstructed” – putting it alongside countries such as Poland, South Africa and Hungary.

“The downgrade reflects the worrying trends we are seeing in restrictions across civil society that are threatening our democracy. The government should be setting a positive example to countries that have clamped down on civic space,” said Stephanie Draper, the chief executive of the Bond charity, a partner in the Civicus collaboration.

She added: “The UK is becoming increasingly authoritarian and is among concerning company in the Civicus Monitor ratings as restrictive laws and dangerous rhetoric are creating a hostile environment towards civil society in the UK.”

Has anybody told Suella Braverman, who’s currently on a propaganda junket in Rwanda?

She’ll be delighted.

Source: ‘Hostile, authoritarian’ UK downgraded in civic freedoms index | Police | The Guardian

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  1. Steve James March 18, 2023 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    BRexit = British Rights exit.
    I have always believed it was the main reason for those proposing to leave the EU was that they were loosing the ability to rule. The loss of the ability to move money to off-shore tax-free havens was a big reason.

  2. Hecuba March 19, 2023 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Not just Suella Braverman who is a fascist puppet but all the fascist tories will be delighted to learn they are now part of a fascist dictatorship!

    No one is now allowed (permitted) to publicly criticise the fascist tories as evidenced by what happened to Gary Lineker! Good to see little england is now in the same company as the fascist governments of Hungary, Poland and South Africa!

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