despite having the law on their side, the peace camp suffers regular arrests and threats from the police. just last week, barbara and two others were held at belgravia for nearly 20 hours after being arrested for alleged unauthorised protest. ( http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/02/392412.html)
today, inspector fox tried to threaten brian haw with arrest if he didn't remove tents and banners that exceeded an arbitary 3 metre restriction. police also tried to search the tents without warrant or court order. ( http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/03/393715.html and http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/03/393719.html)
it is blindingly obvious that if the powers existed, police would have got court orders for search, seizure or enforcement by now. instead they keep committing acts that are shown later in court to be unlawful. the fear of further such cases seem to have caused the retreat today, but the pressure and intimidation is growing. 'ant' was arrested for calling the police 'nazis' this afternoon. despite this being a minor public order offence at worst, he is still in detention at belgravia police station, and his solicitors have repeatedly tried to get news or speak to him, but the police have refused to co-operate.
there are fears for his safety.
tomorrow night, indymedia will publish footage of today's attempted seizure and ant's arrest
his arm is in a sling after some rough treatment at the police station
he has been charged with a public order offence after allegedly calling the police 'nazis'
brian haw's video of yesterday's events will be posted later today
surely if ant had been struggling he'd have been charged with resisting arrest or assaulting a police officer, so the only remaining explanation for the bruising must be assault at the hands of the police