Progressive activists ‘known to the police’ across Glasgow, and indeed Britain, were confronted by police officers on the eve of the chauvinistic Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and issued warnings not to engage in disorder or to attend any of the gatherings called to oppose the monarchy. In Glasgow, a supporter of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! and the Glasgow Defence Campaign, who has been a consistent target of state harassment was visited by plain clothes officers PC McFadden (H 567) and PC Daily (H 611) of Baird Street Police Office, without any legal authority to be told that engaging in ‘anti-social behaviour and violence’ would make him liable to arrest. As if we needed telling! Other activists, who are still being dragged through a trial after being targeted for arrest at last year’s anti-royal wedding party in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park, were also door stepped by McFadden and Daily.
The GDC has received reports of anonymous officers phoning activists in Newcastle to inquire into details of a demonstration against the monarchy which the racist thugs of the English Defence League aim to confront. As ever when the uniformed pigs fail to deter people from protest their closest counterparts, the casually dressed pigs of the EDL, step in to assist them in their ‘duties’ to intimidate and shut down protest.
Defend the right to protest!