end of the sparks kettled video notoriously bent copper Delroy Smellie (who likes hitting women on demonstrations – he violently assaulted two women during the G20 protests in 2009 – and likes hiding his ID numbers so can’t be identified while hitting women) turns up and attempts to move on a camerman who is advising, correctly, that the sparks being stopped and searched do not have to give their name and address during a s60 search.
Fair play to the sparks.
Smellie appears right at the end.
According to the Met police there were 20 arrests during the Nov 9 demonstraion in central London (as of 4:45pm yesterday afternoon) They were:
3 x Section 2 and 3 of the Public Order Act (violent disorder and affray respectively)
1 x Offensive Weapon
3 x Going Equipped
1 x Section 60aa
12 x Breach of the Peace
Breach of the peace is not a criminal offence and any arrest would not result in a criminal charge.
This man, as with many in the media is part of the problem. His article on the Nov 9 student protest in the right wing daily telegraph is both astonishing and ugly. Typical of the opinionated upper classes (his family, part of the Gloucester gentry, owned the island of Lundy) he resides clueless in a world far removed from anything approaching reality.
His article defending undercover cops violent arrest of a protester: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/willheaven/100116902/judge-for-yourselves-is-this-an-ugly-and-astonishing-arrest-of-a-student-protester/
We saw a change in police tactics for the Nov 9 student demo in central London. Apart from the tightly regulated route of the march (each sidestreet was blocked by a small army of well defended barriers) police had introduced a new and potentially dangerous element into the policing of the demonstration – the extensive and transparent use of undercover police.
Previously police would simply deploy FIT [see here] at strategic points on the edges of the demo to identify “potential troublemakers” who if arrested would be by uniform cops away from the main march.
Were the Nov. 9th protests a game changer as we suggested they could be in a previous post? The answer is yes but certainly not in the way that we were hoping events would turn out! The hoped for meeting up of the sparks and students to unite as one protest was shafted by what can best be described as ‘total policing’ tactics from the Met aimed at intimidating and frustrating protesters every step of the way.
After about one minute in several undercover police (all dressed as protesters) violently drag a person from the demonstration through police lines. One undercover cop desperately shows his ID to prove their credentials, others violent push photographers aside.
If any of the photographers present who took photos of the undercover police could pass them onto it would be much appreciated
Today sees another demonstration against cuts and the rising tuition fees. Students from over the UK rose early, taking coaches to make it to ULU for the start of the march. The “sparks protest” organised by electricians started two hours before the march from ULU and had over 500 participants. March from ULU started 40 minutes behind schedule at 12:40pm.