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Two young people, Orla Murphy and Zac Lumley, will appear at the District Court in Dublin today.

They could face a year in prison.

They need your solidarity!

#ProtestIsNotACrime #NoMoreEmptyPromises (🧵1/5) Image
Last March, they peacefully protested against the inaction of the Irish government in the face of climate change by painting the words “No More Empty Promises” on the front of a government building.

The paint was removed in 18 hours, no harm done. (🧵2/5) Image
They were forced to pay a €3,000 bail following their imprisonment. Zac spent three nights in prison, as he was unable to immediately come up with the money.

Orla - who was 19 at the time - was imprisoned for five weeks after refusing bail conditions. (🧵3/5)
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Here's a quick rundown of the changes to Part 3 of the #PolicingBill last night. Thread below!

#PoliceBill #ProtestIsNotACrime
There are a number of government amendments which were accepted. Most of these seek to tighten measures or to define key terms. These were accepted without a vote.
There were four wins which we need to maintain -- that is, amendments where the govt lost in the Lords, but MPs could reverse the change in Ping Pong.
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The last day of Report for the #PolicingBill is well underway. We'll be tweeting here all night.
The first group has been covered. We're now on to the second group, which is about hunting with dogs. It includes issues such as hare coursing.

Part 3 will probably start in a couple of hours. This is a HUGE Bill, and Part 3 is right at the end.
Like @GreenJennyJones, we're settling in for a long night. Unlike Peers, we're at home instead of bobbing up and down to debate with the Minister. Huge thanks to all the Peers who stay to vote on these vital issues.
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What’s actually happening today on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill? And what does it mean? Here’s a thread about:
1.The key parts of the legislation
2.What happens next
Thread below! #PoliceBill #PolicingBill #ProtestIsNotACrime
Today is the final day of Report. That means that the House of Lords has discussed the Bill (last Nov/Dec) and now they’re voting on which bits should be included. Part 3 has been left until now because the government inserted 18+ pages of new amendments at the last minute.
Part 3 is clauses 56-62. It allows the police to impose new restrictions on non-violent protests, such as to limit the noise they can make and any serious disruption they may possible cause to others.
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The right to protest is crucial to democracy.
Priti Patel’s #PoliceBill aims to remove this right.

It would allow the government to stop any protest & create a police state.

Find out how you can help @TheGreenParty's #ProtestIsNotACrime campaign here:…
The #PoliceBill is now even more dangerous after "amendments" were added without proper scrutiny or debate.

These would make it even easier for peaceful protesters to be prosecuted & jailed for up to 51 weeks.

Will @UKLabour vote against them in the Lords?

"Locking on" was a key part of the Suffragettes long campaign for votes for women.

Priti Patel's #PoliceBill aims to make this a crime punishable by up to 51 weeks in prison.

Find out how you can help save the right to protest:…

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“A big step towards authoritarianism” @GeorgeMonbiot

The govt are excluding debate on new anti-protest laws

The entire Lords committee stage debate on new clauses was crammed into one late night

The Commons have been excluded & the Lords marginalised
“This is proper police state stuff”

Priti Patel shoved 18 extra pages into the #PolicingBill after it had passed through the Commons & the Lords in a ploy to avoid effective parliamentary scrutiny

@GeorgeMonbiot decries the lack of media & public outcry.…
The deeply-authoritarian #PolicingBill hands police vast new powers to fine, remove or arrest ordinary people who simply wish to peacefully protest

@Femi_Sorry explains👇

@pritipatel’s new amendments contain new powers to ban named people from protesting
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All I need is The Who. Who authorized the arrest?! 🤔
As far as I know the IGP wasn’t aware of this. The spokesperson for the FHQ is unaware. The DC of IGP X Squad has no idea what is going on. Who are the criminals that took laws into their own hands?! We deserve to know this! A name please. ⏰
I have just read a statement by @NPFSpokesPerson and he has called back expressing the concerns based on the report sent to his office on the rationale for the arrest. Most of @adeyanjudeji’s posts on Facebook were extracted and presented as constituting a threat to public peace.
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