When planning any political action or protest, whether it is a full-scale blockade of a military base or a street stall, consider and plan for police or legal consequences.
Well planned and effective activist legal support can not only be crucial in helping a campaign withstand legal or political repression, but can also serve to open up greater political space for the wider movement and for activists in the future. Asserting and defending our rights in one campaign helps all activists in all campaigns.
Implications for a campaign or activist group
The law is intimidating. However it is essential that those organising protest actions come to grips with it early in the organisational process.