The so called Climate Camp, currently being held in a field near to the proposed site of a future coal fired power station, has seen some frightening Police harassment of peaceful demonstrators.
It seems that the Kent and Metropolitan Police
They seem to have been been briefed by the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (NETCU), which was set up by the unaccountable Association of Chief Police Officers, in order to provide intelligence on, and to police or svarious groups of peaceful demonstrators and protestors, some of which may have been infiltrated by violent extremists.
NETCU, have produced a booklet, marked "For Police Use Only", detailing the large and complicated set of laws, which can be used to arrest protestors with.
Surely this information about what is and what is not considered to be a lawful protest should be publicly available for everyone ?
The participants at this Climate Camp, may be deluded hippies or they may be sensible peaceful activists, with a convincing case to be made against the Government's inept energy policies, but the Police seem to be disgracing themselves by employing harassment tactics, even though these Climate Campers are well away from any highways, or neighbours, and are well away from the actual site of the as yet unbuilt power station, at which they plan to protest on Saturday.
Are they deliberately trying to lose even more public respect, through intimidation and harassment ? Surely this will only succeed in pushing peaceful activists towards violence ?
One of these booklets has fallen into the hands of the protestors, and has been digitally photographed and uploaded to the Indymedia website.
We had seen previous reports that the Police have been using a bit of Margaret Thatcher's anti-strike and secondary picketing legislation, not in actual trades Union industrial disputes, but as a general power against any sort of protest.
e.g. when Police Forward Information Teams of photographers and videographers aggressively pick out protestors and follow them about, this law has been used to arrest FIT Watch members, who do the same to the Police photographers.
It is wrong that this legislation is being used when there is no actual Trades Union strike involved at all.