Manchester demo – police use s50 powers to gather data

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We have received this account from an eye-witness in Manchester. Police have abused ASBO legislation to obtain the personal details of anti-cuts demonstrators. Manchester police ended a day of orderly rallies and breakout groups of protesters by abusing legislation on anti-social behaviour in order to extract the details of around a hundred protesters kettled in […]

Protesters sprayed as Hugh Orde advocates extreme tactics

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Three days after head of ACPO, Hugh Orde, promised the use of more extreme tactics on protesters, ten people have been cs/pepper sprayed at a London UKUncut protest outside Boots, with three needing hospital treatment. During the protest on Oxford Street, an activist tried to post a leaflet through a closed door and was arrested […]

Statement by activist security collective on Lynn Watson

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The following is a statement from the collective following discussions with individuals involved in the expose of ‘Lynn Watson’ as an undercover police infiltrator. The original of this, including photographs, can be found at their website Earlier this week it was reported in The Guardian [1] that the Leeds based activist known as […]

State infiltration and attempted disruption of activist websites

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New revelations published in an excellent article in today’s Schnews show police and/or government employees actively disrupting activist websites, posting comments designed to “sow mistrust, demoralise movements and to incite violence and illegality”. We understand well over one hundred posts have been made to Indymedia UK, the activists open publishing news website, made by anonymous […]

They come at us because we are strong.

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The following statementhas been released by Cardiff Anarchist Network (CAN) on the infiltration by Mark ‘Marco’ Jacobs. For four years the Cardiff Anarchist Network was infiltrated by an undercover police officer we knew as ‘Marco’. During that time we believe he had a number of key objectives – to gather intelligence and disrupt the activities […]

More pictures of undercover cop ‘Marco’.

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Old ‘friends’ of Marco from Cardiff have described him as a large, stong man, around 5’11” and 15/16 stone. Carrying a little too much weight around the middle. His accent is said to be Derby. They have also suggested that people who have been in contact him may remember him for his ‘catchphrases’, little phrases […]

Comment Piece on Mark Kennedy

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This piece was first published on Comment is Free – I cannot forgive Mark Kennedy’s betrayal of activists – Emily Apple – and I’ve been asked to re-publish it here. Along with many others, I was sickened when I discovered that the man I knew as a fellow activist, Mark Kennedy, was in fact an […]

‘Marco’ confirmed as undercover cop in Cardiff

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A third undercover police officer has today been revealed by the Guardian. Mark Jacobs, known as ‘Marco’, operated in Cardiff for four years, infiltrating the Cardiff Anarchist Network (CAN) and other groups including international anti-globalisation networks, No Borders, and the early Climate Camps. His former girlfriend is reported as saying “I was doing nothing wrong, […]

Lyn Watson named as Leeds undercover cop

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Yesterday saw further revelations about undercover police activity in the protest movement. This time it was a woman, operating in Leeds. The Guardian published details of her activities as Officer A. But she was named on Indymedia as Lyn Watson. Indymedia have also published this picture of her. Lyn was an ‘action medic’, someone who […]