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(en) UK, Class War NEWS RELEASE THURSDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2004 MASSIVE AW.ARD TO ANTI-MONARCHY PROTESTERS FOLLOWING JUBILEE DAY 2002 ARRESTS

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Date Sun, 15 Feb 2004 22:59:38 +0100 (CET)


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MET APOLOGISE, ADMIT LIABILITY FOR FALSE IMPRISONMENTAND
BREACH OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND AGREE TO PAY DAMAGES
23 anti-Monarchists are today jubilant following an award by the
Metropolitan Police of £80,500 following their unlawful arrests in
a public house and on the street on Jubilee Day, (4th June) 2002.
The police have apologised in a letter to each of those arrested,
accepted liability for false imprisonment, and breaches of their
human rights in particular their rights to liberty, privacy, freedom of
expression and freedom of association. The police have awarded
them £80,500 following a collective action undertaken by the group.

The circumstances of the arrests were bizarre, verging at times on
the farcical:

1. Some members of the group had earlier in the day attended a
public demonstration against the monarchy at Tower Hill. A large
joint police operation between the Met and City of London Police
had confined the protest to a small area near Tower Hill tube
station. As the protest ended the demonstrators dispersed, and
some event goers walked to the nearby Goodman's Field pub in
Aldgate. They were followed by a group of around 50 police
officers who waited outside and, following a briefing entered the
pub encircling the group, by now seated and enjoying a bank
holiday lunchtime drink.

2. Other customers looked on horrified as the police cautioned,
filmed and led the revellers out one by one, making them stand in
line on the pavement, under the auspices of "preventing a breach of
the peace". Others were arrested in order to "prevent a breach of
the peace" on the street having previously been cordoned there by
the police.

3. The nature of the arrests was farcical. Officers asked each
person in turn their intentions. Regardless of the answers all 23
were summarily arrested. An officer notes that one arrestee stated
categorically that he had no intention of breaching the peace. The
officer records in his notes his reply to the man: "I believe you are
here [in the pub] to cause a breach of the peace therefore I am
arresting you to prevent a breach of the peace". The revellers were
later to discover that in fact at a briefing although officers were
told to ask the revellers questions they were also told to disregard
the answers!

4. Events turned comical as a Routemaster Bus was
commandeered and the arrestees, some of whom had been
handcuffed, ushered onto the bus and driven at speed to several
police stations around London!

5. No charges were ever brought against those arrested and the
individuals were released several hours later as jubilee
celebrations were drawing to a close.

Trevor Bark, spokesperson for the group commented:
"This award, apology and acceptance of liability demonstrate that
the police now accept no offences were committed, nor were likely
to be. We remain convinced that these tactics were employed,
planned and coordinated in advance and at a very senior level, in
order to remove any dissent against the monarchy or the jubilee
day celebrations themselves."

"We'd like to offer the Met the chance to come clean and publicly
state which senior officers ordered these arrests and why." he
added.

The group's lawyer Mark Scott of Bhatt Murphy solicitors said:

"the police on 4 June 2002 acted entirely unlawfully and used their
powers to arrest in order to target demonstrators and seek to
suppress and restrain lawful protest, assembly and freedom of
speech."
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To view the letter of apology from the Met, go:
http://www.londonclasswar.org/apology.htm


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