İrem GÖL -TDO- As Britons navigate their way around restrictions to try and contain the spread of the new coronavirus, there are growing fears that police officers are abusing their new powers. It has been less than a week after the UK approved emergency legislation that gave police the power to issue instant 30 pound fines to people who gather in groups of more than two people or leave their homes without a good reason such as work, food-shopping or exercise.
However, some police have been accused of being overzealous by using drones to spy on people taking walks at nature spots and stopping dog-walkers from driving their pets to open spaces. As the national conversation turned to the lockdown enforcement, #policestate trended on Twitter in the UK, with several users offering their views.
On the other hand, the opposition Labour Party said: “In normal times it would be utterly unacceptable. There are not normal times. As long as the emergency lasts and these powers are necessary, they should be available to the government.” Also, the human rights experts said draconian measures to contain the spread of coronavirus were understandable in the short term, even if they limited civil liberties, but warned global governments should not abuse their powers.