The ?kettling? of protesters and others by the Metropolitan Police in 2001 did not violate their human right to liberty and security, the European Court of Human Rights ruled today.

The case was brought to the Strasbourg court by a demonstrator and three passers-by who had been cordoned off and held by the police at Oxford Circus, London, from around 2pm until between 8pm and 9.35pm on 1 May 2001. They were contained as part of a 1,500-person crowd that had gathered at Oxford Circus and elsewhere in London to protest against globalisation.

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