The police and crime bill is a deeply concerning overreach from an increasingly authoritarian government which has serious implications for the right to protest and for the gypsy, roma and traveller communities whose way of life it seeks to criminalise.

We support the planned action to protest this bill in a way that is safe and considerate in the current situation, with social distancing measures and masks for those attending.

We would call on Thames Valley police to respect our right to peaceful protest and avoid a repeat of the scenes in other towns and cities where protestors have suffered unwarranted abuse and been forced into unsafe conditions.

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