I have spoken before about the terror caused by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill (2015).
A law that forces teachers, doctors and therapists into spies. A law that turns the vulnerable into suspects.
- seek excitement and adventure
- want to get “in” with a group
- type any “terrorism-related terms” into Google
- feel like just being on your own
- have low self-esteem
- fall out with your old friends, and hook up with new ones
- change your appearance
- have poor mental health
- have an interest in religion
- get into fights with your family
- disagree with the government on their foreign policy
then you are under risk of radicilisation (!). Yes these are real examples of signs published by the government. Don’t forget the unwritten rule: you must be perceived* as Muslim.
*look like a Muslim – be brown, Sunni, have a beard, wear a hijab
NUS have created this amazing guidebook – all the background and tips on how to organise – get your copy here (and share amongst your friends). And check out #StudentNotSuspects campaign on social media.
As they try to normalise PREVENT, we will normalise dissent – Malia Bouattia, NUS Black Students Officer