Facilitating ineffective protest? : the policing of the 2009 Edinburgh NATO protests

GORRINGE, Hugo, ROSIE, Michael, WADDINGTON, Dave and KOMINOU, Margarita (2012). Facilitating ineffective protest? : the policing of the 2009 Edinburgh NATO protests. Policing and Society, 22 (2), 115-132.

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Link to published version:: 10.1080/10439463.2011.605260

Abstract

This paper reports on innovations in public order policing during the protests surrounding the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Parliamentary Assembly in Edinburgh, November 2009. When masked anarchist protesters determined to ‘smash NATO’ gathered on the streets on the first morning of the Assembly, they were initially confronted by three plainclothes police negotiators rather than a line of riot police. In this paper, we draw on empirical data to offer an analysis of these developments and gauge the extent to which they meet the stated intentions of the police to ‘facilitate lawful protest’. Whilst welcoming the shift in attitudes and approach towards political protest, we argue that the accent on facilitation in this operation ultimately appeared neither innovative nor effective in practice and frequently reverted to styles of policing designed to contain protest.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1080/10439463.2011.605260
Depositing User: Rachel Finch
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2014 10:27
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2014 10:27
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7651

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