You have to wonder exactly what what their plan was? There are literally dozens of venues all around London that are owned by sympathisers of ethnic cleansing in Palestine. So why (oh why??) did they they pick one that was about 100 yards from a venue where the swappies were having a Palestine rally and SOAS was just a few hundred yards away?!?
Whatever their 'plan' they certainly didn't discuss it with the local plods in advance....
At this point the Police attempted to announce a section 60 by megaphone (they were shouted down) and then tried (and miserably failed) to remove everyone by force. The assembled who now numbered over 100 linked arms and refused to be budged. The Police then ordered the creepy venue 'stewards' inside the front door and told them to turn the lights off.
And so began a stand off. More cops arrived and generally looked flustered and barked orders at each other. Though none of them seemed to be sure of what their mission was or who was in charge? They then blocked off Euston road (which wasn't blocked before they arrived) which must have caused huge delight to all those commuters trying to join the A40 by car. They then announced that the offending meeting inside the building had been cancelled and the suspected war criminal would not be speaking.
Out of interest, can anyone confirm or deny that?
The proceedings were briefly livened up by a gravity defying individual who scaled the side of the building and placed a placard on the ledge by the first floor windows. He was promptly nicked upon his return to earth and then the cops (who were now very many) charged into the crowd to force them down the road into a kettle. Having detained everyone, they then changed their minds and let them all go.
Those who had showed up at such short notice to this action were looking decidedly pleased with themselves as they left. I'm not sure that the Police will remember this event with such affection...
There were at least two other people arrested, one of whom was bailed late on Friday evening (and ordered to go to any Jewish premises in Camden!), and one of whom was charged at the last possible moment, and then refused bail.
Jim (climbey bloke)