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Why covering your face at a protest is the right thing to do

Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) co-ordinator Kevin Blowe explains why the organisation encourages activists to mask up.

In June 2015 Netpol launched a campaign to try to encourage activists to start covering their faces when taking part in demonstrations and marches.

We saw this initiative as one of the few remaining ways of resisting the growth of intrusive surveillance on the streets, which sees police monitoring social media… Continue reading

Cressida Dick’s appointment as Met Commissioner is impunity at its worst

In this comment article the Network for Police Monitoring argues that the appointment of Cressida Dick, the officer who oversaw the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes, to the top job in the Metropolitan Police shows the Met’s total disinterest in either justice or the hurt caused by its actions

The word “impunity” – exemption from any possibility of punishment or harm – comes up again and again when… Continue reading

Silhan Ozcelik’s imprisonment is another vicious example of today’s counter-insurgency

Silhan Ozcelik, an eighteen-year-old Kurdish woman from London, was sentenced to 21 months at the Old Bailey two days ago. Silhan’s conviction is the first in the UK against someone for attempting to fight alongside Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The verdict comes within the wave of patriotism engulfing Europe after the Paris attacks on 13th November. State criminalisation and street violence against Asian people and migrants has disturbingly and unsurprisingly… Continue reading