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    Commentary - A note on violence

    Ertür, Başak (2010) Commentary - A note on violence. Critical Legal Thinking.

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    “The full force of the law must be brought against violent protesters,” David Cameron repeats his mantra, once again, on the evening of 9 December, following the fourth instance of targeted property damage and clashes with the police coming from within the groundswell of student protests against education cuts. The mantra’s combination of “force” and “law” is not intended solely as a call for retrospective legal proceedings, but also summons law-preserving violence in the immediate future. In other words, each repetition of the mantra in the past month has served as foundation and legitimisation for increased militarisation of policing at each successive student demonstration. It has, of course, also served as a clear threat to those who will continue protesting, even if with non-violent methods.


    Item Type: Other
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 11:28
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:22


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