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Can we stop the government criminalising protest? With Jodie Beck of Liberty

The Public Order Bill is a worrying assault on basic freedoms.

By Adrian Bradley, Rachel Cunliffe and NS Podcasts

Last week the government faced multiple defeats in the House of Lords on its wide-ranging Public Order Bill, which have peers warned would have a chilling effect on the right to protest.

As the government continues to try to push its legislation through, Jodie Beck, head of policy and campaigns at the human rights organisation Liberty, talks to Rachel Cunliffe about why this bill is so controversial, how it will criminalise perfectly normal acts, and whether anything can be done to stop the assault on civil liberties.

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