Police action following protests

This has been lifted from the ScALP website – (Scottish Activist Legal Project):

Since the anti-cuts protests in November and December several people in Edinburgh have been contacted by police about possible crimes. They have been approached either at home or on the street, and asked to go to voluntary interviews at St Leonards Police Station.

Today, two people voluntarily went to the police station to give interviews and were charged with committing offences during the November 30th Demonstration. More people have been in contact saying that they have been asked to go to police stations for interviews. Here is some information for people who have been contacted, or think they may be contacted.

● If you are suspected of committing or witnessing a crime, arrested or detained you must give your name, address, date and place of birth and nationality. Other than that, it is strongly advised that you say “no comment.” Answering any question, no matter how innocent it seems, may give information to the police which can be used against you or others.

● If you are detained or arrested you have the right to a solicitor, which the police will contact. Below is the solicitor that we recommend. You also have the right to have someone notified. Below is the number for ScALP. If you are worried, keep these numbers with you.

● If the police get in contact then please get in touch with us. We can support you and give you information about what’s going on. Either phone or text message us, or send us an email.

● As the Hitchikers Guide says, don’t panic!

Scottish Activist Legal Project:
0797 556 0809 scalp [at] noflag.org.uk

Clare Ryan (solicitor): 0797700312

If you have been stopped it is critical you get in touch with ScALP – they will offer you great support, and it allows them to keep track of policing. Remember, you are not alone.

A number of these have been in relation to the march on the 30th of November.

We also recommend you read their legal guide, particularly if you are not familiar with Scottish law.

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