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Apr 28 2011 08:41
Pre-Royal Wedding raids and arrests

More people needed at Ratstar in Camberwell Green.

http://london.indymedia.org/articles/8881

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Apr 28 2011 09:35

I live 10 mins away - is it too late to pop down?

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Apr 28 2011 10:17

what is the Grow Heathrow thats also been raided? Ive never heard of it. Is this a picture from it?

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Apr 28 2011 10:40

There's shots at London Indymedia, in particular of these dangerous-looking elderly gardeners surrounded by police - no doubt they'll be charged with wielding "bladed articles" (ie. shovels).

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Apr 28 2011 12:54

Search warrant used on OffMarket Social Centre:
http://twitpic.com/4qhqv3

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Apr 28 2011 12:55

Just went down there - around 20-40 people outside showing solidarity. One person said the police raided on the grounds of "possession of stolen goods". Apparently they found nothing, and should be released soon. Don't take my word for it though, only heard through word-of-mouth.

Apologies if this has been already posted/shouldn't be posted.

EDIT: In Camberwell by the way.

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Apr 28 2011 13:19

Tommy Ascaso:

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Arrested taken to Paddington Green, Met's extreme hi-security centre.

For those who don't know:

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Paddington Green Police Station...serves as the most important high-security station in the United Kingdom. This is because prisoners suspected of terrorism are held at the station for questioning. The building is a typical 1960s office block, but underneath the station are sixteen cells located below ground level, which have a separate custody suite from the building's other cells. Building work was completed in 1971.
High-profile terrorist suspects arrested across the UK are often taken to Paddington Green Police for interrogation, and holding until escorted to a Court of Law. Suspects who have been held there include members of the IRA, the British nationals released from Guantanamo Bay, and the 21 July 2005 London bombers.

From Wikipedia.

Draw your own conclusions...(guilt by association comes to my mind - ie "the public" are meant to draw that connection maybe)

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Apr 28 2011 13:31

sad to hear this. perhaps a bit of pre-wedding pseudo policing to make the met look like they've done a good job stopping 'teh anarchizt fret' (despite the fact the warrants are march 26th related).

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Apr 28 2011 13:33

Standfield:

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One person said the police raided on the grounds of "possession of stolen goods". Apparently they found nothing, and should be released soon. Don't take my word for it though, only heard through word-of-mouth.

Confirmed by The Guardian:

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Police said the raid at a squat known as Ratstar in Camberwell was carried out under a section 18 warrant to search for stolen goods.

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Apr 28 2011 14:56

Indy: Police accused over 'royal wedding' squat raids

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A Labour backbencher accused police of "disproportionate" action ahead of the royal wedding today after a string of squats were raided on the eve of the big day.

Properties in the Hackney, Camberwell and Heathrow areas of London were swooped on at dawn as part of investigations into disturbances at the student protests last year and recent TUC march, police sources said.

But Labour backbencher John McDonnell raised a point of order in the Commons to question the timing of the incidents, saying they appeared to be "some form of pre-emptive strike before the royal wedding".

He added: "I believe this disproportionate use of force is unacceptable and I would urge that a minister comes to this House from the Home Office to explain what is exactly happening today, what are the grounds for that action and also to contact the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to explain that many of us feel that this is disproportionate and no way to celebrate this joyous wedding."
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About 40 officers raided a string of squats on Camberwell Road in south London.

A man affiliated with the squats said the suspicion was that the raids were linked to the royal wedding.

He said the people living there ran a bicycle workshop for the community, were not political and had no view on the wedding.

He said: "This is a social centre and we have no political agenda.

"The feeling is that this is to do with security around the royal wedding, but the officers are not admitting to that. They have warrants for stolen goods.

"We've made it well known we don't have a political agenda.

"If they had just come and talked to us we could have agreed to close our doors over the weekend.

"We have no thoughts about the royal wedding at all."
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"This is a social centre [...] we've made it well known we don't have a political agenda"
jesus roll eyes

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Apr 28 2011 17:40

The police are talking of wanting RatStar and ajoining squatted propeties closed until at least Sunday. Up to fifteen arrests, so far. Not all appear to have been taken to Paddington (at least not intially) four were taken to Walworth just up the road and some to Harrow Road. One was arrested from the supporters who turned up after police using spotters card claimed he resembled(probably very vaguely) someone wanted from March 26.

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Apr 28 2011 19:15

Statement from North London SolFed:

http://solfed.org.uk/?q=solidarity-federation-police-social-centre-raids-are-simple-intimidation-tactics

Also our statement on the wedding itself:

http://solfed.org.uk/?q=north-london-statement-on-the-royal-wedding

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Apr 28 2011 21:43

Anarchist threat to the royal wedding? They'd rather be down the pub

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Apr 28 2011 22:00

I think the article posted by Armchair Anarchist pretty much nails it....

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Apr 29 2011 09:24

Yeah, Smallman's article is really good. Anybody know anything else about him?

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"Our feelings on the matter are those of indifference… it's capitalism, not feudalism, that is ruining the lives of working people."

What a good line. A wonder who wrote that?

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Apr 29 2011 09:43
Chilli Sauce wrote:
Yeah, Smallman's article is really good. Anybody know anything else about him?

http://www.guysmallman.com/

Hes an anarchist, i think.

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Apr 29 2011 10:08

bail conditions included a ban on going to Westminster for these 'suspected anarchists'
http://beta.uk.news.yahoo.com/anarchists-banned-wedding-074046059.html

And ten people have already been arrested along the route.
http://beta.uk.news.yahoo.com/huge-security-operation-royal-wedding-032815767.html

but don't worry,

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Scotland Yard assistant commissioner Lynne Owens said: "This is a day of celebration and there should be no place for disruption. But we are ready to deal quickly, robustly and decisively with any trouble."

Another senior officer said he hoped an unofficial army of "Royalist middle-Englanders" lining the route would deter any spontaneous protesters.

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Apr 29 2011 10:28

He's the guy who was seriously injured by cops at the G8 in Geneva in 2003 https://lists.aktivix.org/pipermail/imc-uk-emergency/2003-June/000149.html

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Apr 29 2011 11:42
jef costello wrote:

And ten people have already been arrested along the route.
http://beta.uk.news.yahoo.com/huge-security-operation-royal-wedding-032815767.html

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ring of steel was thrown around Westminster Abbey where thousands of well-wishers gathered to catch a glimpse of the happy couple.
Armed police and undercover squads of special forces mingled with the crowds to combat any attempt to disrupt the event.
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Apr 29 2011 11:51

Poltical policing at its best.

If they go through with elected police commisionairs I expect we will see a lot more of this thing.

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Apr 29 2011 13:02

elected police commisioners is one of the scariest things i have heard in a while. i can't believe there arn't more people talking about it...

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Apr 29 2011 14:10

That was probably one of the daftest bits of policing I've ever seen.. I can't lie, a silly part of me did laugh as the bloke in the costume was marched into the police van: "I'm in a fancy dress costume and you're arresting me for breach of the peace!".. truly cops at their very very very daftest..

Anyone else remember Operation Good Guys? grin

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Apr 29 2011 14:27

BBC just announced that 43 "anarchists and republicans" had been arrested in London

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Apr 29 2011 14:39

brilliant, not even hiding the fact that people have been arrested for political persuasion.....

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Apr 29 2011 16:57
The Guardian wrote:
Police threw a section 60 cordon around the whole of the royal wedding zone on Friday morning to respond to anarchists masking up at a small gathering in Soho Square in central London.

Can anyone confirm that this Soho Sq. ANARCHIST CONSPIRACY is real and not just a bullshit pretext?

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Apr 29 2011 17:49

From The Telegraph:

"There were claims that at least one youth in Soho Square was arrested by plain clothes officers after he joined in chants of "we all live in a fascist regime". "

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/royal-wedding/8483761/Royal-wedding-masked-anarchists-thwarted-by-police.html

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Apr 29 2011 20:14

I agree with the main conclusions that seem to be being drawn by this thread: that this isn't just about the Royal wedding, though they have obviously been nervous about any 'incidents'. It's based on a wider nervousness in the ruling class, accurately based on evidence that they no longer deny: social revolt of various kinds is now becoming increasingly overt. It's part of a preparation for dealing with much bigger threats.

I also agree with the guiding sentiment of this thread: solidarity with all the arrested: squatters, anarchists, 'republicans' and street theaterists.

I watched the video and want to give my solidarity to Chris Knight, Camilla Power, the mediaeval (or was he early modern - 1649 and all that) Executioner, and the rabbit. Who was the guy that was defending them and trying to get the key to feed the rabbit?

Solidarity as well with all those who fought back against the 'anti-terrorist' raids on the Bristol squatters. As we wrote in WR no.30 after the events in St Pauls in 1980, in an article entitled 'The Bristol revolt: not colour or community but class':"revolutionaries affirm their total solidarity with the 'rioters' against bourgeois law and order".

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Apr 29 2011 20:29

I'm going to put it out there, but i don't think this has anything to do with the ruling class shaking in their boots. This has more to do (i think) with a PR stunt by the police, countering another PR stunt that Chris Knight and the guy in the Evening Standard instigated. Didn't the guy in the ES say there were going to be like 15,000 anarchists in town today? whether or not the 'anarchist threat' exists of course is neither here nor there, in the populist media they played a blinder, made it look massive. Now the police have countered with a blinder.....

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Apr 29 2011 20:34

They're not shaking in their boots. They are just being sensible. The police PR stunt is part of a message from the whole state. In Syria they're shooting people, here it's obviously more subtle. But how can any sane bourgeois look at the world today - at Greece, Egypt, Tunisia, the movements in France, Italy and the UK, etc etc and not think that serious measures against the threat of social revolt need to be taken, and taken well in advance?

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Apr 29 2011 20:39

damn royalist fruits laugh out loud :

The Telegraph wrote:
Known anarchist Charlie Veitch was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance and to prevent a breach of the peach.
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Apr 29 2011 23:45

I think after the numbers that turned out on the streets of london today, compared to March 26th, shows just how facile a comparison between Egypt, Syria and Britain really is. Now i'm not trying to put anyone on a revolutionary downer, but I basically agree with the initial SolFed statement on this royal wedding lark. Yeah its gross, but in the context of struggle, its not the highest issue on the agenda. Nothing about this issue was in any way 'sensible' now a load of people have been arrested for it....