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a socpa mystery - help with identification needed

rikki | 09.01.2006 21:51 | SOCPA | Free Spaces | Indymedia | Repression | London

today, bow street magistrates court started hearing evidence against four of the five people arrested in parliament square on the day the new socpa legislation came into force on the 1st august last year. but it is now clear that seven people were arrested that day, but two mysteriously avoided charges. WHY?

why was this man immune to arrest?
why was this man immune to arrest?

on that lovely warm day in the summer last year, police waded into the crowd of some 100 demonstrators, and snatched a handful of the participants while leaving most untouched. reports on the day spoke of five arrested, and this was confirmed by the police, and by mainstream media. police were overheard stating they had a quota of six to grab.

you can read an indymedia report of the afternoon at

today in court, four of those arrestees appeared. the fifth, ann clancy, is unfortunately ill and police have agreed not to proceed with the case.

during the course of today, in talking to those arrested, other witnesses, and watching police video footage of the afternoon, a mystery has emerged. two more people were arrested and escorted to the waiting vans, but both these people have since completely disappeared from the record. after being driven off in the vans, they were clearly released without charge. why was this? who were these people? what singled them out for special leniency? what is their connection, if any, to the 'stop the war coalition' and or the police/security services?

one of them was a sudanese woman, who spoke on the megaphone at times, and who was otherwise wearing a black gag across her mouth. she also wore a black and white headdress. i have no picture of her, but she was always near the megaphone and was clearly visible on police videos of the action. the other was the man pictured above, being arrested. who is he? does he have any affiliations that you know of? i think we should know!

the court case of the four continues at bow street tomorrow, and may possibly run into a third day. i will report on that when it is finished, but in the meantime can anyone help identify these people? or perhaps you ARE one of these people and can come forward with your record of the events of the day. your help may affect the outcome of this or future socpa trials and appeals.



Display the following 26 comments

  1. Spook-y! — david shayler
  2. Interesting - but please... — mb
  3. suspicious — another MB
  4. why i put this picture up - genuine public interest — rikki
  5. Don't know where this is going, but... — mini mouse
  6. mini answers — rikki
  7. The view from NYC — New York City ( Birthplace of Anarchism! )
  8. it IS serious — sarah
  9. OK, let's get some bloggers on the case — Tim Ireland
  10. nice one tim — rikki
  11. Will do. — Tim Ireland
  12. det sgt john pickersgill - is he our man? — rikki
  13. Judging by his expression — Shisha
  14. Did you access the link...? — not likely
  15. It's not him - I just asked — Tim Ireland
  16. well — sean
  17. Is this him? — Moggy
  18. Snap! — Tom Scotland
  19. In Cahooters — Moggy
  20. ...Or is this him? — John Pritchard-Pilkington
  21. Not PC — Enorma Snows
  22. got a match — norman bates
  23. Will you miss me? — Bunty Jenner
  24. this is great — Angela Verstien
  25. To: 'Bunty' (and 'Moggy') — Tim Ireland
  26. What is it that you want? — Bunty Jenner