Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Domestic extremist is what cops now call a protester

As i have filmed demonstrations for 16 years, I can recognise many of these people in these Police spotter cards as being non- violent environmental activists. One of them, Richard (J) I am setting up a TV channel with, one is Mark (H) a comedian and one is even a spy, Martin (X) who infiltrated arms trade campaigns. Others are activists who have never harmed anyone yet repeatedly have managed to put nature on the agenda. One Emily (A) just wants a good life for her kid.

This kind of highly confidential document – pictured above – is rarely seen by the public.These so-called "spotter cards" are issued by police to identify individuals they consider to be potential troublemakers because they have appeared at a number of demonstrations.

The photographs are drawn from police intelligence files. This card was apparently dropped at a demonstration against Britain's largest arms fair in 2005.

H is Mark Thomas, the comedian and political activist. Asked why it was justifiable to put Thomas, who has no criminal record, on this card, the Metropolitan police replied: "We do not discuss intelligence we may hold in relation to individuals."

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