19th – 24th August, Climate Camp targeted (principally) RBS in Edinburgh.
FIT officers were floating around throughout (my first encounter with them being at St Andrew’s Square in the city centre) but acting in a much more laid back manner than on so many previous occasions.
Both Scots and Met FIT officers were observed (between whom there seemed to be a certain rivalry) though generally absent their ubiquitous long lens cameras, these only seeming to be brandished when things started to become “interesting”.
Rather disturbingly they were all amazingly chatty… to an almost embarrassing extent. Clearly recognising me from many earlier encounters as a photographer/observer rather than one of the more confrontational fitwatchers they seemed almost determined to “buddy up” as it were, even posing for me to take pics occasionally!
In some sense this was hugely amusing and I found myself wondering whether they truly believed that I was so naive that I’d be fooled by this most recent tactic of theirs.
I must say though, it made a rather pleasant change to the sort of encounters I’ve come to expect. Though this new (although not entirely new, for lesser attempts in this direction have been observed before) “friendliness” didn’t prevent a couple of FIT officers from following a bus (in an unmarked vehicle) from the campsite into the city when a bunch of Greenwash Guerillas decided to visit a few RBS branches there.
In addition to FIT a number of Evidence Gatherers also put in an appearance, particularly on the couple of occasions when things started getting a bit tense at some of the Camp “gates”.
More info about FIT at the Scotland Climate Camp here.