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 provided first aid to protesters injured during protest activity, such as from police baton strikes. It was a role which kept her in the thick of the action while removing pressure for her to be active personally in actions or demonstrations.
The Guardian also published fresh revelations that Mark Kennedy had set up two security companies along with key personel from ‘Global Open’, a private security firm with a history of keeping tabs on protesters. The industry has a strong track record in recruiting ex-police intelligence officers. It now seems that far from leaving the Met to support the protest movement, Mark Kennedy left in order to pursue a corporate intelligence venture.
There are clearly other officers that are, or have been, working under cover in protest groups. It remains to be seen whether any more will be ‘outed’ in the press.