Perhaps then, we can admit after over two years of the guidelines being in place, they are not working on the street. Perhaps we need the guidelines to be promoted to an actual hard law. Guidelines look great on paper. But try arguing those guidelines on the street and you are libel to be threatened with arrest for obstruction.
It is a bold statement, but I am making it.
I am sick to death of seeing my work colleagues getting hurt while trying to do their job. This journalist’s experience, and those of my colleagues, sets out a continuous pattern of abuse, ignorance, intimidation, harassment, surveillance and violence.
There is no excuse to baton a photographer, no excuse to pepper spray a photographer and absolutely no excuse to use a dog as an offensive weapon against a photographer.