Preemptive arrests

Police detain a woman in Oxford Street dressed as a zombie

Police detain a woman in Oxford Street dressed as a zombie

In the run-up to the Royal Wedding there has been preemptive arrests of people. You might do something therefore we better arrest you.

Royal wedding: police use section 60 to deter anarchists
Political policing in Britain ahead of the Big Day

Others have been excluded from London for the day.

For weeks, senior police officers have been boasting that anyone planning to voice dissent at the Royal Wedding will be treated as a criminal with sinister warnings that officers have been ordered to “shoot-to-kill” and the Queen’s Guard empowered to impale any threat with their bayonets. With the memories of Jean Charles de Menezes and Iain Tomlinson still fresh, such warnings sound more than a little ominous.

Wedding party-poopers warned off
We can protect William and Kate on their big day

If nothing else, this explains why UK Uncut put a message out on twitter saying they had no action planned for the day. At the time I was puzzled.

A couple of bizarre stories have surfaced recently claiming UK Uncut is planning to disrupt the Royal Wedding. This is not the case.

UK Uncut has nothing to do with any plans to protest at the wedding. All actions are announced publicly on our website.

As Laurie Pennie said on twitter:

Police have been building for this all week, saying they’ll pre-arrest people who are planning to disrupt the royal wedding. But noone is!

One such person arrested was Charlie Veitch, who was arrested in Cambridge on Thursday. From the number of police involved anyone would think this was a leading mafiosa being arrested, a terrorist plot maybe.

Charlie Veitch Arrested In Pre-Crime Raid Prior to Royal Wedding
Man arrested in Cambridge for royal wedding protest plan

No one seems to know where Charlie is being held, not even his lawyer.

The police circulated rumours that on the day anarchists would carry out dastardly acts. Rumours the complicit and compliant mainstream press regurgitated as fact.

On the day itself, a woman was arrested in Oxford Street in London for dressing as a zombie. Her ‘crime’, wearing a t-shirt saying ‘marry me instead’.

And do not even think of singing in Soho Square ‘We all live in a fascist regime’, to the tune of ‘We all live in a Yellow Submarine’ as the plain clothes police will swoop and bundle you away.

Royal wedding: police criticised for pre-emptive strikes against protesters

Imagine the outcry if this was happening in Egypt, Libya or Syria.

It all seems to be part of a coordinated clampdown on political dissent. The cops busting a squat in Bristol in a manner more typical of a major drugs bust. Last weekend I was held in a police kettle in Brighton. The reason I was held was that I had in my hand a leaflet explaining what were your rights if held by the police!

Kettled in Brighton

Is it mere coincidence that 50 facebook accounts that could be deemed political were shut down today? Contrary to what most people think, facebook is not a neutral platform.

Over 50 political accounts deleted in Facebook purge
Facebook forced to respond to our campaign for restoration of accounts
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Disruption Talk

We now living in George Orwell’s Ninteen Eighty-four

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2 Responses to “Preemptive arrests”

  1. keithpp Says:

    Charlie Veitch was eventually released.

  2. keithpp Says:

    David Cameron warned the authorities not to interfere if local residents decided to throw a party to celebrate the Royal Wedding. This message clearly did not get through to the police in Glasgow who turned a party into a riot.

    Kelvingrove Park: trouble at unofficial street party

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