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Jenny Jones criticises Met Police after being arrested during protest on Parliament square

A peer has criticised the Metropolitan Police after she was arrested during a demonstration in Parliament Square.

Baroness Jones, a Green member of the London Assembly, joined the Occupy London protest.

She claims she was detained by police "for putting my arms around someone they were trying to arrest".

Jones, a former member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, says was later "de-arrested".

Jenny Jones was arrested during a demonstration in Parliament Square. Credit: PA

Jenny Jones was arrested this morning at Parliament Square when visiting the protestors there. She was witness to a close friend being arrested as part of the protest in defence of civil liberties and the right to protest. She was released soon afterwards.

Jenny is a former member of the Metropolitan Police Authority and is deputy chair of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee. She has been a consistent advocate of civil liberties and has worked closely with the police on how protests should be facilitated.

Jenny Jones said:

The police have a duty to facilitate peaceful protest in this country which people have a legal right to do, but that appears to end as soon as you come within shouting distance of the Westminster village.

The people who run this country should not be able to tuck demonstrators away out of sight. Parliament needs to listen and people should have the right to get their voices heard.

– Jenny Jones