Arrest

DSEI arrest count likely to top 100

With 56 people detained in the first few days of the DSEI arms fair protests in London and more than 30 arrested just on the 9th, it seems likely the total count for Dsei arrests will top 100 this year, though it’s worth noting that many of these will be “planned” arrests involving lock-ons and blockades where people are aware they will likely be pinched by police zealously guarding… Continue reading

New guides to a smarter activism

Several new guides to help activists be safer, more effective (and just know your stuff) have been released recently, so below is a brief roundup:

Squatting (Britain)

The Advisory Service for Squatters’ new handbook, brought out over the weekend, which is the first new release since the government made squatting empty residential buildings illegal. The guide is already available from Freedom Bookshop (it will be more widely available soon)… Continue reading

Do you have to give the cops your Name and Address?

Coppers possibly getting this old lady to give her name and details

This has become very complicated and is causing much confusion. Here’s the position as we see it. You do not have to give your name and address unless under a specific legal obligation (Rice v Connolly 1966). Refusal to give your name and address cannot amount to obstructing the police in the course of their duty under s89(2)… Continue reading

Queer arrest, detainment, solidarity and struggle

This was originally posted on the Warwick for Free Education blog who are currently occupy their university for free education and in protest at the brutal treatment they faced at the hands of the police and university staff last week.

 

It’s been an eventful three weeks. On November 19th I was at the Free Education demonstration in London, organised by NCAFC and I got violently arrested for ‘affray’. On November 26th I helped to orchestrate a successful occupation of the Aston Webb building on University of Birmingham campus, which was evicted by over forty police officers and I was chased down and detained by police officers who stopped and searched me, eventually releasing me after taking down my details. On December 3rd I went to help my comrades in Warwick peacefully occupy the Senate House and have a discussion about free education; police burst in and violently attacked, tackled, pepper sprayed and threatened us with tasers, three of my close friends were arrested. Continue reading

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