Student activism may be at risk as a result of new anti-terror rules set out by the British government, with protesters facing Public Order Offence charges if police believe them to be involved in suspicious activities.
In a compendium of new measures pushed by the Home Secretary Theresa May, universities will face significant pressure to reduce activities that could lead to ‘extremism’, including banning controversial speakers and curbing events that could lead to public disorder.
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Although the bill was designed to stop the religious radicalization of young people, in light of the 500 Britons suspected to have joined jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq, the draft bill does not specify what activities would classify as being “extreme.”
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