Protest as Blair gives Iraq evidence

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>Stop the War happily entered into negotiations with the police about their protest tomorrow, only to be told that the police will not allow them to congregate outside the QEII conference centre as they planned. If the police get their way, protests will be kept well away from the people they have come to protest […]

Mass Photography Gathering Trafalgar Square Sat 23 January, “I’m a Photographer Not A Terrorist”

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> There were about a thousand photographers and also a couple of hapless PCSOs attempting to detain a leafletter (she was leafletting for the No Borders CCTV for later that day), but the thousand-strong photographer pack gently accidentally on purpose closed in to record the incident in such numbers as to make pursuit impossible. One […]

Police plan to use military style drones

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> The FITwatch blog has previously reported on the use of chopper drones by police, to carry cameras above the heads of demonstrators. But it seems these are no longer enough for our surveillance obsessed forces – they now want military style unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to keep an eye on us all.The Herti (pictured) […]

Life is too short to be controlled

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>No Borders Jan 23rd. St Pancras 2pm; Piccadilly Circus 4.30pm FIT cameras are not the only surveillance that political protesters need worry about. CCTV is routinely used by police for the surveillance of political demonstration, as an alternative or an addition to deploying police photographers on the ground. Images are used to control the movement […]

Anonymity: or how I learnt to stop worrying about FIT and masked up well

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>(This article was posted on indymedia, but caught our eye, and we thought it merited a re-print… ) A note on caution and paranoia: It will be suggested that the threat of surveillance we outline here is exaggerated and paranoid. So we thought it necessary to clarify our stance. We choose to prepare for the […]

>Remember Gaza Smash EDO

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>Brighton Monday 18th January. 1pm at the Wild Park Café Smash Edo has attracted a remarkable degree of attention from the ACPO ‘domestic extremism’ units for their long running protests against Brighton based arms manufacturer EDO. Jan 18th looks likely to be a lively affair, and no doubt FIT will be there in number. So, […]

>Belated Fitwatch Review of 2009

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> Throughout the course of 2009, the police have been forced to justify their public order tactics through media and governmental pressure, but also through militancy. From Fitwatchers blocking cameras to Gaza protesters ripping up the confines of their protest pen, people started refusing to accept repressive policing at ground level. Tactics, such as overt […]