Police Worldwide Criminalize Dissent, Assert New Powers in Crackdown on Protests

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Police Worldwide Criminalize Dissent, Assert New Powers in Crackdown on Protests

Protesting is a fundamental human right. Why do governments see it as a threat?

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October 10, 2013  |
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  The following originally appeared on Democracy Now!

In a major new report, the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations details a global crackdown on peaceful protests through excessive police force and the criminalization of dissent. The report, “Take Back the Streets: Repression and Criminalization of Protest Around the World,” warns of a growing tendency to perceive individuals exercising a fundamental democratic right — the right to protest — as a threat requiring a forceful government response. The case studies detailed in this report show how governments have reacted to peaceful protests in the United States, Israel, Canada, Argentina…

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