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(en) Freedom 6318 21st Sep. 2002 - Eyes and snouts out for the Met

From FreedomCopy@aol.com
Date Fri, 27 Sep 2002 00:21:10 -0400 (EDT)

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This is the first major demonstration against the
forthcoming war in Iraq, and is therefore very
important for the police in a number of ways.
They know the war is already unpopular and that
there'll be a lot of new faces out for this one. In
this situation, the cops have two aims. The first is
to discourage people from attending. They will
achieve this by being very heavy-handed and
forcing people into positions they don't want to be
in. As a result, they'll be able to pick out the more
militant members of the crowd. This is their
second aim. For example, once people get into a
road the cops don't want them to be in, they'll
attempt to move the crowd back on to the
pavement. The more militant peeps will fight
back, while others will do as the police want. This
is where the cops identify potential
'trouble-makers' and apply the dictum of 'divide
and rule', attempting to isolate them from the
passive crowd. In this position, we'll all be weaker
and less likely to achieve our aims.
One of the ways the police will record elements of
the crowd is by using the Forward Intelligence
Team (FIT). The job of FIT officers is to
photograph protesters so police can identify them
easily in future and quickly neutralise their
activities. These pictures can also be used as
Try to stay away from police cameras or wear a
mask to avoid being recognised. This is basic
common sense. There's no reason why police
should have your photograph, don't let them get
it. If you'd like to take a more active role against
surveillance, bring a camera along with you and
photograph 'troublemakers' in the Metropolitan
Send your photos and videos of the fuzz to
pics@pigwatch.co.uk (with names and numbers if
Visit www.pigwatch.co.uk - "keeping two beady
eyes and a snout on the Met".

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