A climate activist arrested over a demonstration in Glasgow has accused police of using a “fear tactic” by targeting her and banning her from attending protests while on police bail.
Officers turned up at Jen Kowalski’s house the day after she took part in the protest against fossil fuels on May 8 and arrested her, accusing her of not informing police that she had organised the protest, a charge which she denies.
“I was just in a state of shock the whole time, and for a few days after,” Kowalski told The Big Issue. “I feel like it’s a bit of a fear tactic that was used against the group in general.”
Kowalski, 26, says she acted as a steward, not an organiser, of the Just Stop Oil protest, which blocked roads for about an hour in the afternoon along its route from Garnethill Park to George Square in Glasgow city centre.
As a condition of her police bail Kowalski is banned from organising or participating in protests in Scotland until her first appearance at Glasgow and Strathkelvin Sheriff Court in late July.
She faces a possible three-month prison sentence or £2,500 fine if convicted.