Perhaps I should be happy that my street fighting days are over. I’m too bloody old and my lungs can’t take it otherwise I would feel morally obliged get down there, uncase the colours and party like it was 1969. As it is I have to leave the physical protest to the Gandhi Commandoes and the Anarchist Ninja. Although the Gandhi Commandoes and the Anarchist Ninja may not have it easy...
“A Metropolitan Police spokesman told The Independent yesterday that demonstrators were more likely than usual to be held under Section 5 of the Public Order Act, because mourners are considered particularly vulnerable to suffering distress. The law allows police to detain those who cause "alarm, harass or distress", and officers will be given discretion about how they interpret the law. A Scotland Yard spokesman urged protesters to consider "staying away" and that, because of the vulnerable state of those in attendance, arrests under Section 5 could be "higher up the agenda" than usual. The advice was met angrily by protesters who described it as "draconian" warning that the deployment of arrests under the Public Order Act that was testament to an "era of compulsory mourning". Val Swain, of the police monitoring campaign group Netpol, said: "This is a public state occasion not a private family funeral. The power is so wide-ranging that it gives police huge discretion over whom they can arrest. It is tantamount to arresting people that are not supportive of Thatcher's ideology."
And that’s really the bottom line, neighbours. This isn’t a tribute of an old dead senile PM. This is a high stepping hoedown all about ideology – just like old time Soviet parade in Red Square, any Nuremberg Rally, or the current goose-stepping in Pyongyang. This is Cameron and his global masters laying on a show of strength as the are busy killing the poor of the planet. And if we the people don’t fucking like it, the jails will soon be privatised, real nasty, and good and ready for the dissidents to check into the for-profit capitalist gulag. The concept of thought crime is no longer fiction.
“Scotland Yard refused to confirm claims from organisers that the symbolic protest has been given formal permission to proceed by officers planning the substantial security operation accompanying the funeral, which will involve up to 4,000 officers. Metropolitan Police are also understood to be considering whether there are grounds to stage pre-emptive arrests against known potential troublemakers who may be planning to attempt to disrupt the military procession. Instructions on how to target the funeral by shouting slogans and songs celebrating Lady Thatcher’s death at chosen points along the route from Westminster to St Paul’s are being circulated online. Police were heavily criticised in 2011 following the decision to swoop on individuals believed to have been planning to cause a disturbance at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, though judges later dismissed a claim that the force had acted unlawfully. A Yard spokesman said yesterday: “Arrests are made with the purpose of preventing criminal activity. If there is evidence, and it is necessary to prevent crime, arrests would be made.”
Finally there’s the sting in the tail of this all-devouring scorpion in that Section 5 of the Public Order Act slithers surreptitiously into the vast and sprawling catch-all of the 2005 Serious Organised Crime and Police Act. It’s as though, in the US, the RICO statutes designed to combat the Mafia were applied to environmentalists. Thus the Thatcher funeral is not only a great greedy gala of totalitarian capitalism, but also the police arrogantly parading their power through the capital of what is already a police state.
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