***STOP PRESS 13th March: The Metropolitan Police has withdrawn its application to strike out women's case as the legal battle continues. Solidarity picket on Tuesday 18th March will go ahead as planned.***
Five of the eight women taking legal action against the Metropolitan Police, due to undercover police officers deceiving them into long term intimate relationships, will be opposing Scotland Yard's attempt to have their cases struck out on Tuesday 18th March. The women and their Police Spies Out of Lives support group have called for a solidarity picket outside the Royal Court of Justice, The Strand, at 9am on Tuesday 18th, as part of a week of action (17th - 21st March).
On the Newswire: Outrage as High Court permits secrecy over undercover policing | Abuse of women by undercover police must stop now! | Three undercover political Police unmasked | Undercover and over-the-top: The collapse of the Ratcliffe trial | Mark 'Stone/Kennedy' exposed as undercover police officerRead more >>
Section 144 of LASPO may prove unenforceable in practice
Resistance to s.144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 that outlaws squatting in residential buildings is growing. Ultimately, the law may prove unworkable and unenforceable. There have been a number of successful prosecutions under the new law, including the widely publicised conviction and imprisonment of 21 year old Alex Haigh who came to London looking for work and stayed in an unoccupied housing association flat. He pleaded guilty, but it has since become clear that where a not guilty plea is entered by defendant, it may be difficult if not impossible for the prosecution to prove the charge. After some notable acquittals, we have a better idea about the obstacles facing hapless prosecutors and some of the ways in which well-informed residential squatters might go about successfully defending themselves in court. Read on.
On the newswire: Brighton acquittals 1 | Brighton acquittals 2 | Moelfre acquittal | Squatting as protest in Southwark | Mike Weatherley is a coward case | Alex Haigh conviction | Henry: Bristol's first victim of squatting criminalisation
Other links: Squatters Legal Network | Advisory Service for Squatters | Rooftop Resistance | SQUASH
While the London 2012 Olympic open ceremony was underway on Friday 27th July, there was a massive police and military operation underway, which included the use of CS gas, to contain and eventually arrest 182 London critical mass cyclists. The cyclists were held in a police kettle for two hours, handcuffed in buses for three hours and held in a police cell from six hours to two days. Out of 182 cyclists, only 3 have been charged with any offence. However, all have bail conditions imposed on them until September 18th 2012 restricting their freedom to move, assemble, associate and live their lives. Some groups have issued advice that the bail conditions may breach Articles 10 & 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights. They point out that "breaching bail conditions is not a criminal offence."
A petition for justice for the 182 has been launched with the following demands:
"Teams of 12 specially trained officers will form a Forward Intelligence Team (FIT) who, operating in uniform, will seek to build a "rapport" with "street activists" so that people "likely to provoke disorder can be identified early in an event"
The FIT first surfaced in the early 1990s, as part of the Public Order Intelligence Unit (CO11), a section of the Public Order Branch of the Metropolitan Police. They were initially targeted at football fans but were soon extended to cover a wide variety of political events, and their tactics have more recently been used in town centres as part of the "community policing" strategy. Sometimes they are deployed outside of the Metropolitan area, as at the G8 in Scotland for example, and most UK police forces now have officers trained in their methods.
IMC Links: FIT hunting NoBorders activists at rampART | Protest at Heckler & Koch weapons manufacturers HQ in Nottingham. | Policing FIT for "serious and sustained" terror? | FIT watch at Disarm DSEi meeting. | Counter-FIT: some thoughts. | Resisting the FIT teams: a proposal for action. | FIT at Convergence Centre. | Fit Team vs the Grey Bloc. | Backwards Intelligence Team. | Fatuous Intimidation Team strike again! | FIT intimidation at rampART. | The FIT team at work. | Police Harassment Bayswater Rd. | Indymedia and British Intelligence Services. | Where are the London cops? | Mayday march and protest at Canary Wharf. | Mayday in London 2007. | Unprecedented police harassment operation against Wombles. | G8 Employment Ministers Protest In London. |
Other links: Defective Inspectors. | WANTED! | Europol. | The Empire Strikes Back. | Fairford Coaches judgement. | Anarchist Mayday Cricket. | Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination. | Defend the Intifada. | What really happened in London. | The police paparazzi. | Public order training and tactics reviewed. | We are heartbroken and furious! | G8 Employment Ministers Protest In London. | Bank Robbed! | All about my 'BIG BROTHER' ...! | NETCU Watch. | FIT Watch. |Read more >>
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pary-style protest in london today:
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Yorkshire Ripper Cover-up / Never Ending Story
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Occupy Democracy – The Battle of the Tarpaulin
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policeman thinks he doens't need concent of home occupant;
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NATO banquet at Cardiff Castle Thursday 4th September 2014
NATO banquet at Cardiff Castle Thursday 4th September 2014
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Support the Socpa 7
A Way Out of the Embassy for Julian Assange?
Put your hands up and slowly step away from the wheelchair.
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“Fracked Future Carnival” at London Shale Gas Forum on Wednesday
The Battle For Britain's Children And Their Justice
Week of Action : Police Spies Out of Lives
Worldwide March Against Corruption – London pics and report
Water Cannon “Consultation” at London City Hall 17th Feb 2014
Charges dropped against DSEi protestors
Dissident Island Radio - Episode 133 - Subversions of justice...
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Campaigner followed from home by Counter Terror Command
Stop G4S campaign convergence
Report from Cannafest 2013 in Prague- Cannabis Trade fair
November 5th “Million Mask March” in London
Police complaint D.I. Walker attempts cover up CSA again.
Kazoo protest over Camden’s draconian new busking bye-laws
Harssament, illeghal eviction: what does the dpp of engalnd do?
Builders force entry to damage 195 Mare Street – help needed
UK Uncut and DPAC block road in Legal Aid Cuts protest
Arrests at Greek Embassy solidarity protest yesterday
refuse to collaborate!
Protests at Arms Dealers’ Charity Dinner – report and pics
Mass arrest – an abuse of power
DSEI Arms Fair ‘Critical Mass’ and Blockade – report and pics
SchNEWS: Tower Power
EDL marcher with Aryan Terror Brigade / Combat 18
31-08-2013 00:22 | 2 additions
Demonstration against Stop & Search and Justice for Jason O’Connor
The Arrest of Claudio Fonnesu
London protest for Trayvon Martin and CA Hunger Strikers
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Police Spies Fashion Show
Rushcroft Road Eviction Resistance
Violent Arrest in ULU
16-07-2013 16:11 | 2 additions
Arrest at ULU
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Thin Blue Crimes: The History of the Police's Special Branch
MET show interest in ACAB scavenger hunt
Police powers finally kettled by High Court
You are all Eichmanns. We are free.
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15-06-2013 23:26 | 1 addition
G8 london carnival against capitalism - report n pics
16 June: Anniversary Gathering at Ecuadorian Embassy for Julian Assange
10-06-2013 18:37 | 1 addition
How Many Police in the BNP?
First ever Bilderberg Fringe Festival to take place in Hertfordshire
EDL-Brighton Watch; The Argus Brighton local rag online version:
The roll-out of tasers will make minority groups targets once again
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london 'bedroom tax' protest - report, pics and analysis
Summer action camp against Shell
Bomb Diffused Close to Next G8 Summit Hotel
Admiral Duncan Bomb Victims Betrayed by MI5
Critical Mass Trial Starts this coming Monday
Information on "Rod Richardson", suspected undercover cop
Hunger Strike in Parliament Square - day 25
Vauxhall Squat Raids
Barbara Tucker now on hunger strike: started Thursday 27th
MI5 Betrayed Bomb Victims
Critical Mass Defence: Urgent Callout
Alfie Meadows set for third trial after second aborted over delays
Why we need to NOT kick-off on Oct 20
Next london abc meeting
Public sector cuts