In honour of Portland antifa's concrete milkshakes, I thought it might be worth doing a thread of the best bizarre obvious lies from the cops and media against social movements over the years.
To start off with, there was that 2008 story about Climate Camp having a stockpile of ninja throwing stars: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/7542592.stm
The WSM Twitter mentioned
The WSM Twitter mentioned Dublin cops accusing activists of being armed with "sharpened CDs" in 2004, apparently!
In spring 2001 during the
In spring 2001 during the protests against nuclear waste transport around Gorleben in Germany, the cops concluded from the fact that a wholesale business in the area had sold a large quantity of formic acid and a lot of brushes that protesters were planning to apply the acid with the brushes to the eyes of cops. Most media outlets published that police press release without doubts, the next day it was revealed that not protesters but the local sewage plant had purchased that stuff.
another nice one was the
another nice one was the "supermolli" (super petrol bomb) which the cops found and destroyed during the eviction of the Mainzer Strasse squat in Berlin in November 1990: a fermentation tank holding around 50 litres of home-made cider
There was something from the
There was something from the Met about anarchists armed with samuri swords or machetes prior to one of the London Maydays.
"Specialist firearms teams are being drafted in to police this year's May Day demonstrations in the City of London over fears that rioters armed with samurai swords and machetes will infiltrate the protests.
The teams will be ready to isolate anyone carrying these weapons from the thousands of other demonstrators expected. A senior officer involved in the operation said: 'If somebody used a samurai sword or a firearm we would want to put some space between them and the crowd.'"
Thanks Fozzie for remembering
Thanks Fozzie for remembering and posting a link for that article.
The BBC reports that reversed footage to show miners attacking cops at Orgreave.
Also Battle of the Beanfield, when dodgey media reports of hippies tooling up with lumps of timber to attack the cops based on footage showing hippies cutting through fences so they could escape out of a police trap.
Quote: Class War was
From Freedom (includes rebuttal of all of the charges that lead to the suspension):
"Favourite" is probably not
"Favourite" is probably not appropriate for that one, but clearly ludicrous to most.
cops, CDU politicians and
cops, CDU politicians and some media outlets reported in 1992 during the racist pogroms in Rostock that the refugee accomodations there was attacked by "rightwing and leftwing/autonomous extremists"
Yeah, if we're including
Yeah, if we're including stuff that really isn't funny at all then the "brave police officers who were pelted with bricks as they tried to save Ian Tomlinson" deserve a mention: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Evening_Standard_headline_about_Ian_Tomlinson,_April_2_2009.JPG
Was mostly just thinking of odd funny ones like throwing stars, cement milkshakes, samurai swords etc - could be worth a listicle in its own right?
Yeah I think that would be
Yeah I think that would be good.
There were various claims in the media that anarchists would disrupt the royal weddings of 2011 (from the cops, who were still smarting from violence at an anti-austerity demo) and 2018 (from Ian Bone - who rightly objected to the idea that homeless people be taken off the streets of Windsor on the day)
rat wrote: Thanks Fozzie for
After this post I’m gonna smear you Rat - ANARCHO PUNK!
Fozzie wrote: There were
Ah, "Top 10 times Ian Bone hyped things up and said they were going to kick off when there was obviously no chance they were actually going to kick off" would be a whole other article. Pretty sure Chris Knight was involved in hyping up the 2011 round as well.
Noah Fence wrote: I’m gonna
Damn you sir! You have indeed unmasked me!
In 1982(I think), when me and
In 1982(I think), when me and my anarcho punk comrades organised an anti war rally at our local Remembrance Sunday service, the local press ran a front page piece about us and described us as a ‘rag tag and bobtail bunch’, with ‘dubious dress sense’. I took no issue with this, but I must say their assertion that we were ‘unexpectedly quiet and respectful’ resulted in my self esteem taking a nosedive!
I can’t find a ref for this
I can’t find a ref for this one but I remember one of the frothing UK tabloids saying that anti-capitalist protestors were all given £20 and a packed lunch. I think this must have been 1990s.
Found it: J18
With inflation, I wonder what
With inflation, I wonder what that works out at in today's money? (Incidentally, on J18, if people haven't seen it, Crimethinc managed to track down and archive a copy of a four-page Schnews comic version of the day, complete with various choice quotes from media coverage: https://crimethinc.com/2017/06/18/flashback-to-june-18-1999-the-carnival-against-capital-a-retrospective-video-and-comic )
There was also the "Dixan
There was also the "Dixan Commando", a supposed terrorist cell made up of Algerian immigrants who were detained on trumped-up charges in Barcelona and Banyoles back in 2003 when the Spanish government needed an excuse to join the Iraq War. The "chemicals" which were seized during a house search and which the group was allegedly planning to use for making explosives turned out to be… laundry detergent. (Hence the nickname for the case; Dixan is a popular Spanish detergent brand.)
Unfortunately, the conclusion of the story was not so funny – five of the people involved were sentenced to 6 to 9 years in prison, and deported to Algeria once they had served out their sentences.
Broadwater Farm uprising (and
Broadwater Farm uprising (and seen several times since) "materials that could be used to construct petrol bombs. ie bottles. At Broadwater farm the 'haul of materials was a dozen or less iirc and included milk bottles which probably came off people's steps.
In the aftermath of nearly
In the aftermath of nearly any even slightly rowdy demonstration Australian cops routinely say that they were pelted with piss filled condoms/balloons.
The media continued to say
The media continued to say "organised using mobile phones" as if it was a sign of some terrifying technological advantage until well after not having a phone became unusual.
Fozzie wrote: I can’t find a
and anti-fascist protesters are getting a financial gratification from the German government for attending demonstrations, according to some rightwing politicians and trolls ;-)
Wait, how could we forget the
Wait, how could we forget the November 4th civil war? A classic of the genre: https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/November_4th_Antifa_Civil_War
Oh, the grandmother who lived
Oh, the grandmother who lived on a proposed pipeline route and was arrested for allegedly trying to sabotage pipeline construction by tempting wild mountain lions onto her property even though no lions had been seen in the region for 100 years: https://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2018/07/30/pa-ellen-gerhart-arrested-because-of-etps-lies/
Well, I finally got around to
Well, I finally got around to putting a listicle together, although my intention to write a light-hearted funny article was kind of undermined by the amount of very unfunny smears/fake news that are around at the moment: http://libcom.org/history/shaky-claims-shaggy-lion-stories-look-back-few-great-smears
Reading EP Thomson's article
Reading EP Thomson's article on Peterloo, found this:
You can find the full text of Hulton's claim here. On one hand it's amazing, on the other it's really not surprising at all - at the risk of sounding like a history teacher trying to engage with bored teenagers, you can really imagine if twitter had existed in 1819, this prick being all over the place retweeting Andy Ngo videos claiming to show "the moment chartist antifa terrorists attack the yeomanry".