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The former owner of Unilever is debating the government’s plans to give police new powers to suppress protesters.


The former owner of Unilever has been debating over the weekend the government’s plans to give police new powers to crack down on protesters.

Paul Polman, 65, said he was “very concerned” about Interior Minister Priti Patel’s “Police Bill” and added that it “threatens the right to peaceful protest.”

He called on his peers in a vote in the House of Lords on Monday to repeal certain parts of the bill, saying it would limit “the most fundamental rights” of people to defend their beliefs.

Speaking: Paul Polman said Interior Minister Priti Patel was “deeply concerned” about the police bill, which “threatens the right to peaceful protests”

The Dutch industrialist led the FTSE consumer goods giant for a decade, during which time he rose to fame as one of the most revived businesses in Britain.

His involvement in British politics is very unusual for a former captain of the industry. This happened a few days after the savagery by Unilever’s leading shareholder Terry Smith for putting unemployment above profit. Deborah Meaden, a Dragon House star and entrepreneur, is also fighting the proposed restriction, claiming it is “bad for business.”

The bill is linked to public outcry over the demolition of the statues and protests by Insulate Britain, BLM and other groups.

His opponents include the Council of British Jewish Deputies, the British Muslim Council, the Church of England and other religious leaders who have called on the government to “reconsider”. Religious leaders have argued that the bill could criminalize a number of religious activities, including street preaching and singing.

Kill the Bill demonstrations are scheduled to take place across the UK today before the Lords vote. In a letter signed by Polman, Meaden and 200 business owners, the lords called for the removal of “anti-protest” clauses from the bill.

Polman, who earned a total of £ 70 million during his time at Unilever, said: “No enlightened business should support a disproportionate violation of this right. Would Zidane have woken up from a plastic crisis? Honest answer – no, we don’t.

“Companies benefit from having channels that civil society can hear.”

Polman and Meaden oppose a change in the law that sets the start and end times of protests, as well as noise boundaries. He also faces up to 10 years in prison for damaging monuments.

Critics say the bill violates the right to protest, and that it criminalizes virtually any demonstration that police believe has caused unrest. The campaigners also say it will give police the right to stop and search anyone they think is participating in the protest. Meaden stressed that the right to protest is a “key part” of the business and that it will drive innovation. The government bill supports the right to peaceful demonstrations, while giving the police the power to stop riots and violence.

The protest letter was not signed by Unilever. However, it is endorsed by one of the most popular brands, Ben & Jerry’s. The ice cream maker has already taken to Twitter in 2020 to attack migrant boats crossing the Patelga canal.

Terry Smith cited his refusal to sell his products in the “occupied Palestinian territories” as an example of “absurd” behavior.

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