Policing and Protest WG

The Policing and Protest Working Group focuses on instances of mass popular and state mobilisations. Concerned with protests, riots, rebellions, occupations, and more, the PPWG is interested in exploring two linked concerns:

1: How mass popular mobilisations function as responses to and resistances against state violence, particularly in urban areas.
2: How mass state mobilisations, normally carried out by the police, function as a particular manifestation of state violence, often its most visible form.

The PPWG takes a critical view of the state and its use of mass mobilisation as a tactic and manifestation of state violence and repression. If you would like to get involved in the work of the group, please email the facilitator, George Francis Bickers, on the following email address: george.bickers@manchester.ac.uk

Policing and Protest Working Group

Upcoming Events: The PPWG will be sponsoring the opening event of the SVRN 2020 Conference. This event, which will include a film screening, discussion session, and an invited speaker, will be free and open to the public as well as conference attendees.

Current Projects: To chart, map, and produce collaborative histories and accounts of those elements of the police tasked with and trained for ‘riot control’ and suppression of protest in the world’s major cities, i.e. the NYC Tactical Patrol Force (TPF), London’s Territorial Support Group (TSG), and the Hong Kong Police Tactical Unit (PTU) and Special Tactical Squad (STS).[Under Discussion]

George Francis Bickers – facilitator
Hilary Darcy
Gabriel Funari