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[News] Democracy Preservation (Demonstrations) Daemonised in the UK

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Kingsnorth report reveals shocking police campaign of intimidation against
protesters

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| Earlier today Lib Dem MP David Howarth held a meeting in Westminster to 
| present a highly disturbing and potentially explosive report on the way 
| police in the UK are criminalising legitimate protest. The report, produced 
| by the Climate Camp's legal support team and entitled Policing of the 
| Kingsnorth Climate Camp: Preventing Disorder or Preventing Protest?, is 
| devastating for the police.     
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http://www.britcit.co.uk/content/archives/2009/03/kingsnorth-report-reveals-shocking-police-campaign-of-intimidation-against-protesters.html


Recent:

How British cops are criminalising peaceful protest

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| Last week Lib Dem MP David Howarth held a meeting in Westminster to present a
| highly disturbing and potentially explosive report on the way police in the
| UK are criminalising legitimate protest. The report, produced by the Climate
| Camp's legal support team and entitled Policing of the Kingsnorth Climate
| Camp: Preventing Disorder or Preventing Protest?, documents a concerted
| campaign by police to deter, smear, intimidate, harass, and criminalise UK
| citizens who did nothing more than attempt to exercise their right to
| peaceful protest.
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http://www.boingboing.net/2009/03/17/how-british-cops-are.html


Prof may go to jail for popularizing philosophical works

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| The case has provoked widespread protest in cyberspace, highlighting the gray
| area between popularization and piracy. On the Potel page in Facebook,
| hundreds of users worldwide have expressed outrage at the the “censorship”.
| One user summed up the opinion of the cyber-citizens: “What is happening is
| an outrage to the culture of human rights. An obscene display of the
| mechanisms of control, surveillance and punishment.”
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http://rverzola.wordpress.com/2009/03/17/993/


Revealed: police databank on thousands of protesters

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| Police surveillance teams are also ­targeting journalists who cover
| demonstrations, and are believed to have ­monitored members of the press
| during at least eight protests over the last year.
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/mar/06/police-surveillance-protesters-journalists-climate-kingsnorth


Manchester man arrested for alleged sewer-grate photography, held as a
terrorist

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| Still think that if you're innocent, you have nothing to fear from
| surveillance and control laws? Have a look at this news-video about Stephen
| Clarke, a man who was accused to taking pictures of sewer-gratings in
| Manchester and arrested. Though the police couldn't find any photos of
| sewer-gratings on his phone (and even though "what a sewer grating looks
| like" isn't a piece of specialized terrorist intelligence), he was held on
| suspicion of planning an act of terror, imprisoned for two days while the
| police searched his home, his phone and his computer.
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http://www.boingboing.net/2009/03/03/manchester-man-arres.html


No Photo Ban in Subways, Yet an Arrest

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| Finished with his camera, Mr. Taylor, 30, was about to board the train when a
| police officer called to him. He stepped back from the train.
|
| “The cop wanted my ID, and I showed it to him,” Mr. Taylor said. “He told me
| I couldn’t take the pictures. I told him that’s not true, that the rules
| permitted it. He said I was wrong. I said, ‘I’m willing to bet your
| paycheck.’ ”
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| Mr. Taylor was right. The officer was enforcing a nonexistent rule. And if
| recent experience is any guide, one paycheck won’t come close to covering
| what a wrongful arrest in this kind of case could cost the taxpayers.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/18/nyregion/18about.html?_r=3


Related:

Elderly woman prohibiting from photographing empty swimming pool "to prevent
paedophilia"

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| An 82-year-old woman in Southampton, UK was told she couldn't take photos of
| an empty wading pool because she might be a paedophile. Because, you know,
| anything that children touch regularly becomes part of their souls, and if a
| paedophile looks at those objects, it's just like sexually assaulting a
| child.
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http://www.boingboing.net/2008/07/25/elderly-woman-prohib.html
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