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Video Activism under police attack

April 29, 2011 Ongoing No Comments

Update – Charlie Veitch has now been released:

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Chronicle of Protest includes a snippet of footage by video activist Charlie Veitch. It seems he was arrested in the pre-Wedding security clampdown, according to the following report in The Guardian :

On Thursday night Cambridgeshire police arrested Charlie Veitch, a self-confessed anarchist, for conspiracy to cause a public nuisance and breach of the peace.

It is understood police believed Veitch, who runs a group called Love Police, was planning to cause disruption in Soho Square. His girlfriend, Silkie Carlo, told the Guardian Veitch was planning to use a megaphone to make “ironic comments” in the square.

Speaking about the arrest, Carlo, 21, said: “Charlie was arrested around 5pm from our home on suspicion to cause to public nuisance a day before he went anywhere.

“There were two police officers and they did a brief search of our room. We were happy for them to do that. We had nothing to hide, ” said Carlo, who studies politics and psychology at Cambridge University.

“Then they put Charlie in the back of a van and took him off to Parkside police station in Cambridge. He’s since been picked up at 10am and taken by the Met. We don’t yet know where he is,” she said.

“I’m outraged. It’s easy to hide all this behind the beauty and the spectacle and the tiaras of the wedding but when people with opposing political ideas are being rounded up to keep them away from public view, it doesn’t make us any different from China.”

Sir Paul Stephenson, the Scotland Yard commissioner, said his force was prepared for every eventuality.

Source: Royal wedding: police use section 60 to deter anarchists | UK news | guardian.co.uk
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/apr/29/royal-wedding-arrests-route

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Meanwhile, in Bristol, even watching activist video has become a crime, according to Socialist Worker:

In Stokes Croft, Bristol, police shut down a film showing in a park about last week’s riot. They set up a road block, circled the area in a helicopter and confiscated film cameras, telling the audience waiting to watch the film that they were at a rave.

When some left to watch the film in a house, police took over the area surrounding it and refused to let anyone else in, threatening anyone leaving or entering the area with arrest.

Squatters and their supporters were still defending the area from police attack on Friday morning.

Source: Police use royal wedding to clampdown on protest|30Apr11|Socialist Worker
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