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UK police now acting like the Gestapo.


Your papers please!

Presented with little comment as I am more or less speechless at this crap but first, an apt quote :

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
George Washington

From the BBC, the kind of policing we have now in the UK is little different from The Geheime Staatspolizei of Nazi Germany in the 1930’s crossed with The Minority Report in my opinion :

A campaigner has been arrested at a house in Cambridge a day before he planned to protest against the royal wedding in London.

Charlie Veitch was arrested at about 1700 BST on Thursday on suspicion of “conspiracy to cause a public nuisance”.

His arrest sparked a freedom of speech demonstration outside Parkside Police Station, Cambridge, where he was held.

Mr Veitch uses a megaphone in protests and runs the Love Police website.

On Friday, the Metropolitan Police confirmed Mr Veitch was now in custody in London.

Mr Veitch’s girlfriend Silkie Carlo, 21, of Cambridge, said she was with her partner when police arrested him.

“I am very concerned that not only has somebody been arrested on an issue of free speech, and arrested for something he might say, he’s been held for almost 24 hours,” she told the BBC News website.

“It’s quite outrageous.

“I know some people worry about anarchists but police know that Charlie uses a megaphone. There’s a strong non-violent tradition of anarchism.”

Freedom of speech activist Terri Oaks, who lives in Cambridge and attended the demonstration outside Parkside, said he was appalled at such a lack of “respect for the right to protest”.

A truly depressing situation and even more so as it seems that hardly anyone gives a fuck anymore here.

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5 comments to UK police now acting like the Gestapo.

  • […] the Royal Wedding, for instance. Unlike my esteemed blogging colleagues, all of whom I’ve agreed with in the past, and no doubt will do again, I’m quite happy […]

  • If the police are at his door tomorrow, and the day after that, and the dayvafter that, arresting him, I’ll agree.

    But this was one day. One day, out of 365 that he can protest. I think he (and we) can spare it…
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    • Wasp

      Julia – allow them one days grace though and where do you stand when they come back again for more of the same?

  • Furor Teutonicus

    ONE man arrested?

    Remindsa me of a line from Bob Dylans “Joey”; “They got him on conspiracy, they were never sure who with.”

    • Wasp

      FT – indeed and the song title probably matches the police thinking in this case.