Video Released of Edinburgh Uncut Arrests.
Video of Edinburgh Uncut’s protest at Bhs on May 28, during which two women were arrested and both charged with Breach of the Peace, one also with “Resisting Arrest”, has today been released by the group. Yesterday, four days after the protest, a fourth activist was arrested at his home and also charged with Breach of the Peace.
Edinburgh Uncut said:
Breach of the Peace requires conduct severe enough to cause alarm to ordinary people and threaten serious disturbance to the community. It should be conduct that is genuinely alarming and disturbing, in its context, to any reasonable person. It is clear that something substantially greater than mere irritation is involved.
However, members of the public were not alarmed or distressed by our presence inside the store, as can be seen in the video.
The video also shows the inspector in charge of the scene telling the activists that their banner was a health and safety risk, as someone could trip over it, despite it being held above the ground and there being no obvious sign of danger to any passers by.