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[News] UK Fights Against Democratising Forces; Professor Jailed

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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.        


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.”     



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.


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

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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.


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.’ ”
| 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.



Elderly woman prohibiting from photographing empty swimming pool "to prevent

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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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