Editorial: Not just Peterloo: policing popular protest since 1819

Autumn 2019

This issue appears amidst a sea of protest. Recent months have seen millions marching in Hong Kong and Chile, hundreds of thousands on the streets of Lebanon and Barcelona. In Khartoum, similar numbers camped out in the city forcing an end to Omar Al-Bashir’s thirty-year dictatorship, a hundred were killed by the military in June. Tens of thousands have marched in Moscow demanding open elections, with hundreds arrested. In Haiti, police have joined anti-government protests. Scores have been killed on demonstrations in Iraq demanding human rights. In Britain, around half a million marched in London in October calling for a second referendum on Brexit. As in other countries, tens of thousands have been on climate change protests organised by school strikers and Extinction Rebellion. 

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