Congratulations to the Met for manufacturing a threat and dealing with it effectively

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It was never going to be convenient for the cops to admit that all their intelligence was pointing towards the fact most anarchists couldn’t care less about a couple of toffs getting married. Having endured not only the humiliation of a large mobile black bloc on 26th March, but also the earlier debacle of escorting Charles and Camilla’s car straight into a public order situation, the Met were in desperate need of restoring some credibility.

The police would have known there was no threat. All those undercover cops who have replaced/were already working alongside Mark, Marco and Lynn would have known the mood of the anarchist community as much as we did. Over 100 people were bailed out of central London for the day, many of whom had no intention of going anywhere near the wedding in the first place. There was never a danger – it was a useful fairy tale fed to gullible journalists who were happy to feed the frenzy.

Civil liberties were cracked down upon, squats were raided, several people were subject to preventative arrest the day before, and like the Jubilee, people who braved the streets were rounded up, including one group of zombies who were arrested for the offence of having a coffee in Starbucks. The Met were able to use a day of “joy” and bunting not only to have a show of force, but also to attempt to prove that force worked.

Assistant Chief Commissioner Lynne Owens has claimed the operation was a “success” and the day “should prove that the Met is able to handle next year’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games”. However this simply isn’t true. The cops didn’t prevent anything. There would not have been any more of a breach of the peace if Chris Knight et al had been allowed to parade through the streets, and it certainly hasn’t proved they have the capability to deal with a determined bloc.

However, the cops will undoubtedly claim this model of preventative detention and raids was a success and seek to use it in the future. A dangerous precedent has been set and this blatant state intimidation must be resisted both in the courts and on the streets.

21 thoughts on “Congratulations to the Met for manufacturing a threat and dealing with it effectively

  1. Not particularly relevant to these comments but I felt the need to pass my observations on to other right minded citizens:

    Remember these facts

    Undercover police always work in threes.

    1 man & 2 women or 2 men and 1 woman.

    The way to spot them is the awkward clunky bastard who looks uncomfortable. Usually stupidly large.

    He is the key.

    He will blow his colleagues cover in seconds. No matter how long it took to establish.

    Listen to the conversation. They will say little, but will provoke much information from who they speak to.

    They will leave together, it’s a fun game to spot them.

    Sometimes their cover will be blown deliberately as an exit strategy, when they want to return to normal police duties.

  2. Correction: Civil liberties were actually suspended, rather that merely ‘cracked down’ on. Nice of the undercover police to put a good word in for us though.

  3. Slightly off topic, but any confirmation that the Alfie Meadows arrested and bailed for violent disorder is the same one who was hit by police. Any confirmation in fact that he was hit by police? The very strong rumour going around campus is that he was in fact hit by a piece of concrete thrown from behind. Anyone actually know??

  4. Ashamed , everyone is being a bit sheepish about Alfie . with all the cameras about these days , surely someone would have snapped the copper hitting Alfie..unless as you say the brick was “friendly fire “

  5. @bluebottle, Not true, the SS often rounded people up and then released them without charge, in fact it was why they were so feared.

  6. The idle jobless scum had it coming to them. If the peasant at the front had nothing to hide, why was his face covered up? More of these filth need removing from our streets and parks.

  7. It’s comments like that from PC Vor above that get the police a bad name.

    Now, anyone want to say anything about the topic of Manufacturing a Threat?

  8. The idle sheep who accept the taking away of our civil liberties deserve what’s coming. It’s your turn one day, VOR.
    P.S. You’ll probably find many anarchists actually do have a job.

  9. M – the way the government is going, and certainly the failed one before it, I am beginning to think that a lot of the anarchist do indeed have jobs. As MPs and civil servants!

  10. I dont think civil liberties have anything to do with throwing paint over royalty cars, or any car for that matter, or swinging from a memorial , which is actually someones grave.I am sure noone on here would advocate dancing on your parents graves would you….now can someone please please please show me the footage of that copper hitting Alfie Meadows , or the concrete block thrown by protestors hitting him..someone MUST have videoed it

  11. Bluebottle – there is no-one buried in the Cenotaph; it is no-one’s grave. Cenotaph means ’empty tomb’ now pipe down and stop parading your ignorance

  12. Yea Bluebottle, you would think the police with their vast technological array would manage to get a video of the concrete block… or maybe not eh?
    Nothing like a bit of disinformation put out by the police.
    Ever heard of that guy that was shot by the police because he jumped a ticket barrier wearing a puffa jacket in summer? Nor me either because it was pack of lies from start to finish issued by the police to justify the cold blooded murder of Charles De Mendez.
    If that had been a police officer that had his head stoved in by a demonstrator do you think we would be sitting here arguing about what had happened?

  13. The unknown soldier is buried in Westminster Abbey. If you see video of any big event in the Abbey, including the wedding this article is about, you will see the grave, which is near the main door. Nobody is so important they are allowed to stand on this grave, everyone walks around it including the Queen.

    The Cenotaph does not have the remains of anyone buried under it.

    All this is easy to find out on Internet.

    A lot more important are the outrageous actions of the police, the sort of thing one might expect in what used to be called a banana republic, though that may not be a politically correct phrase these days.

  14. I agree partly with bluebottle – if anything was done to the cenotaph, that was well out of order. I’m not a fan of people hitting coppers either, unless it’s in self-defence.
    But we’re looking at pre-emptive arrests here, and that’s a bloody dangerous road to go down, as is any suspension of civil liberties. Everyone, whether anarchist or part of the establishment, should be concerned about this.

  15. I can only find one reference – in The Sun of all places – but it seems that the plain clothes snatch squad in Soho Square was a ‘Hornet Unit':

    Five-strong “Hornet” units of plain-clothed riot squad officers have been set up to pounce on troublemakers at mass protests.

    …The newly-formed Hornet teams were used for the first time on Royal Wedding day when a man suspected of trying to inflame anti-Monarchists in Soho Square was held.

    …The units will be used again at the “Strike the Streets” mass rally being organised by the TGW Union on June 30 against government cuts. The teams are equipped only with plastic handcuffs and are deployed by colleagues monitoring CCTV cameras at the Met’s control centre.

    Uniformed officers in the area provide back-up as the Hornet teams move in.

    …”The Hornet units will enforce the law in a robust and intelligence-led manner.”

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